10 Reasons to Learn Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin Chinese is getting important and popular with each passing day. Learners have various reasons for learning it as the most important foreign language nowadays. The top 10 reasons for this trend are from my observatons:
1. China is emerging rapidly from a long period of stagnation/slumbering to its place as one of the great powers of the world today. China’s economy currently stands the second largest in the world and continues to grow at an amazing pace. Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese is a great way to take advantage of this huge economic shift and opportunities, to give oneself and one’s children an advantage in the increasingly competitive business world.
2. Opportunity, opportunity, opportunities not to be missed: international companies are competing for those with Mandarin Chinese skills to be placed as executives for their China ventures. Just ask: between equal foreign competitors courting a Chinese company, who will the company choose to associate with: a Chinese-speaking foreigner or a foreigner with a translator? It is high time for those aspiring to learn Chinese today for a bright tomorrow!
3. China is a huge export market for any country that takes export seriously.1/5th of the world’s population lives in the amazing land of China. Overseas Chinese dominate the economies of many countries in Asia, and speaking Mandarin gives you an edge in doing business with them, too. Countries with large overseas Chinese populations include Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.
4. The world is becoming a global economy. Per a famous book, the world is becoming flat so communication, ideas, and goods are travelling faster and faster between countries including the UK and China. Learning Chinese gives you the opportunity to take advantage of this change. It’s a great ice breaker when working with people from China if you can speak or even say a few words in Chinese. This h