The Value of Studying Chinese
There are many benefits to studying Chinese. China is the most populous country in the world with over 1.4 billion people. Mandarin is spoken by almost one billion people the #1 spoken language in the world. One out of five people in the world is Chinese. Mandarin is spoken in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, The Philippines and Mongolia. China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, over 5,000 years old. As China has the second largest economy in the world, knowing Chinese will allow students to compete effectively in the global economy of the future. It is one of America’s largest trading partners. Many American companies do business in China, including Motorola, Coca Cola, and Ford. Knowing Chinese may be an edge when competing for a job. The demand for business people who know Chinese is skyrocketing. China is playing a major role in world affairs and will continue to do so.