Why is the West so keen on learning Chinese?

Why learning Chinese is so important?

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“Chinese seems to be the trending language, from Europe to America. So it’s time to look beyond the traditional focus on French and German and get many more children learning Mandarin” said David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, back in 2013.

More than 2 years later, things evolved a lot and the same trend can be observed in most of the western countries: from primary schools to multinationals, more and more people learn Chinese. Even US’s President Barack Obama claimed his daughter Sacha was learning Chinese, while Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, and gave a Q&A in Mandarin Chinese to his college student’s audience during his last trip to Beijing.

So, why Chinese? Or let’s put it the other way in fact, why not Chinese?

Chinese, the language of business

 People traditionally choose to learn a second language in order to be able to communicate with people in the next country. From a more practical point of view, we could say in order to have more opportunities. Despite China economy growth decline, the growth is still there, and China is since last year the second largest economy on earth. China exports a lot and will keep doing so for many years, although it might be less than before, and it imports more foreign products every year. With this in mind, choosing to learn Chinese when considering to learn a second language instead of French or German seems to make sense.

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Moreover, Chinese is the world’s largest spoken language, for the reason that it is not only spoken domestically but even in others Asian countries, such as Singapore (known to be a Global Business Country) or Taiwan.

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A huge number of Chinese native speakers?

In spite of Mandarin, which is the official language, only 10% of Chinese native speaker can talk fluently this language. How can we explain it? There are several dialects with huge linguistics differences depending on your locations in China. There is only the same writing system sharing.

Whereas Beijing dialect is the current standard form, it is Nanjing dialect which is considered more universal.

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However we can notice that the number of fluent Chinese speakers in the world seems to be counted more around 120 million, and not more than 1.3 million as many people could expect. Spanish speakers around the world are counted by 400 million speakers worldwide.
Mandarin seems to keep its leadership role in the mind of all. Don’t wait anymore, get the opportunity to learn Chinese in Beijing!

Recently, there was a regular survey from the Modern Language Association of America dealing with language enrolment in American colleges. According to the data coming from these surveys, Mandarin learning seems to be growing even more than years ago, in the US and also in the United Kingdom. Mandarin is becoming number 2 on the list of languages schools possibilities. So what is the best program for learning Chinese in Beijing?

Chinese economy situation: an opportunity to learn Chinese

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If Chinese economy’s situation is a great opportunity to learn Mandarin, it’s not easy to learn Chinese and a lot of people are facing some difficulties and obvious barriers such as learning Chinese characters. That is the reason why the fastest way to learn Chinese is to first practice your oral conversation.

Remember that most of the Chinese people don’t know how to speak English, even if English is one of the most common Business languages in the world. Adding to this, the Chinese market is growing faster than ever and it’s just the beginning!

What kind of businessman would ignore this huge opportunity just because he doesn’t want to learn Chinese?
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melanielimchenArticle was written by Melanie

Studying Chinese economy in Jiao Tong university. A mix of Chinese and Cambodian, she’s a fan of Chinese culture  and trying to learn more about the social aspect in China.

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