10 Reasons why you should learn Mandarin
Here are 10 reasons why you should study Chinese Mandarin
Learning Chinese offers many benefits to personal and professional growth not least gaining a better understanding of one of the richest cultures in the world. Millions of people travel to China to see the shrines, walk The Great Wall of China and indulge in the wonderful food markets in cities such as Beijng. Here are 10 reasons to learn Mandarin.
1. China is the most widely spoken language in the world
Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking Chinese, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin, according to infoplease.com therefore 14% of the global population speaking Chinese.
2. Countries that speak Mandarin
As well as China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Phillipines and Mongolia so if you do business in these countries then it would be beneficial to converse in their language.
3. Learn about history and culture of China
Chinese history and culture is one the richest and certainly the oldest in the world. China is renowned for producing beautiful novels, short stories, poetry and more recently excellence in film. Reading great Chinese biographies and watching short films about the history of China provides a greater understanding of the language.
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4. Make friends with different cultures
China has the biggest population in the world with approximately 1.28 billion people so learning the language gives you access to communicate with many people and connect on a deeper level. Get a Chinese pen pal to improve your writing and understand family life in China.
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5. It is good for business
Mark Zuckerberg is wowing audiences across the world with his new Chinese Skills, especially those important business executives in China. Infact, there are many top CEO’s that speak Chinese as a second language.
Mark Zuckerberg spoke Chinese during a Q&A session at Tsinghua University in China.
So why would a man already highly successful learn to speak Mandarin and then deliver a 30 minute presentation in a language he is just getting to grips with? Well he could just be learning the language to communicate with the in-laws as his wife is Chinese, or this is part of a business strategy to move Facebook into China then truly become Global.
6. Learning Mandarin is easier than you think
You do not have to worry about verbs! there are no verbs, no plurals, no tenses, no subject-verb agreement, and no conjugations. There are over 80,000 chinese characters but generally only 3,500 are used in converation. Infact, it could be regarded as a more logical language.
7. Improve your artistic skills
Chinese symbols and characters require a steady hand. The written words are actually iconographic characters rather than letters. These symbols and characters are created using ‘strokes’ rather like painting.
8. Improve your brain power
We know we need to keep are brains well oiled and studies have shown that Mandarin speakers use both sides of their brains! This will certainly keep brains motoring.
9. Travel to beautiful countries knowing you can communicate
If you can speak Mandarin “the world is your oyster” as you travel across Southeast Asia you will have the confidence to speak with the locals in Chinese, you might even be invited into their homes for home cooked food experiencing real Chinese life. Travelling around the world is always more enriching when you make friends with local people.
10. Eat great food
Sizzling food markets across China offer some unique dishes not found anywhere else. Chinese cuisine is a joy to behold so the language will aquaint you with the types of food not found in our local Chinese Take Away.