There is a new wave that has seen more persons develop an interest in learning Chinese and becoming fully literate in the language. Should you join the trend? Is it really worth it?
Indeed, there are many reasons why you should consider learning Chinese today. Learning Chinese offers you many benefits, both personal and professional. This is true whether you are seeking a new academic pursuit, seeking to improve your career opportunities or just looking to engage yourself. Let’s consider a few interesting reasons why you should consider learning Mandarin Chinese – today!
China is the world’s most populous nation with a population of over 1.2 billion. And over 873 million persons can lay claim to this language as their mother tongue. Adding to this number are a host of other natural Chinese speakers who reside in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Mongolia and Taiwan. With large swathes of indigenous Chinese speakers in these countries, Chinese is easily the most widely spoken first language in the world – some estimates put the number of Chinese speakers worldwide at about one-fifth of the world’s population.
The Chinese history and culture is undoubtedly one of the world’s most colorful and richest cultures. It is a storied culture that spans the better part of 5,000 years – it is one of the world’s oldest and most continuous cultures. Yes, you can learn about Chinese history and culture without being able to speak Chinese. However, there is no perfect translation and meanings of statements and contexts can get lost or watered down in translation. What is more? The Chinese language is closely tied to the evolution and history of the Chinese people. It is impossible to learn this language without acquainting yourself with the history of the people.
“Chinese is difficult. It is a tonal language where one word can have a many meanings. The characters are too hard to draw and too hard to remember…”
These are excuses labelled against the Chinese language that deter many from going ahead to learn it. But Chinese isn’t as hard as it seems. Indeed, it is about one of the easiest languages you can choose to learn. With a lack of tenses and little attention to gender, it is much easier to learn by a foreigner than languages like English, French and German. The major difficulty with the Chinese language is in character formation and even this is hardly necessary with keyboards available to fill that role. Little wonder then, that Mandarin is one of the most successfully studied language around the world.
A world of opportunity awaits you…
Yes, Chinese is easy to learn and it’s fun, too. However, Chinese is also a functional language that can help you, opening up a world of opportunities to you. The Chinese economy is the second largest economy in the world. This has placed China as the US’ biggest trading partner (the same can be said for a number of countries as well). With china more open to the world than ever, learning the language could be your ticket to success in the business world. Precious few persons have Chinese skills, which are in huge demand. You can easily make yourself an attractive hire by honing your skills in this highly sought after language.