The value of knowing Mandarin Chinese
- Knowing a Second Language is Beneficial to More than Just Your Future Paycheck
- Learning a second language builds better brains and can improve your ability to multitask and prioritize.1
- Knowing a second language builds healthier brains and can protect you from dementia and Alzheimer's.
- Knowing a second language is a direct avenue for you to understand other societies and reflect your own.2
- Knowing Mandarin Opens Doors to 1 Billion People
- Mandarin has the most first-language speakers in the world. (Among them only a third are learning English.)3
- Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China, Taiwan, and one of the official languages of Singapore.
- Knowing Mandarin significantly aids the learning of a Chinese dialect (ex. Cantonese, Hakka) and other East Asian languages (ex. Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese.)
- The Need for China Specialists is Urgent
- Mandarin is a Critical Language, meaning that from business to government to education, the need is great for Mandarin specialists who have strong language abilities and a deep understanding of Chinese heritage, history, culture, and current society.
- Knowing Mandarin Gives You the Edge in Business
- "China's GDP tripled between 2001 and 2011, while U.S. exports to China rose 542 percent."4
- China has the world's second-largest economy, the largest export nation in the world, and is the largest trading country.
- China is set to surpass Mexico and Canada as the largest importer of American goods.5
- China is home to 73 of the Global 500 companies, second only to the US.6
- Speaking Mandarin is Easier than You Think
- Mandarin has no verb conjugation and no noun declension.
- Like English, basic word order is Subject + Verb + Object.
- Mandarin only has just over 400 set syllables.
- The US and China governments have created numerous scholarships for students to go abroad and study of Mandarin.
- In 2013, 235,000 Chinese students came to the US to study, meaning there are more opportunities than ever to practice your Mandarin.
- China has a Rich Culture
- China's history stretches back 5000 years.
- The Chinese civilization significantly influenced nearby civilizations such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
- Chinese civilization has and continues to make major contributions to Art, Education, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science and countless other areas.
2Bryam, Michael. Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence. 1997: Multilingual Matters Ltd. Bristol, PA. pg.2