Why Do We Study Chinese?
Fascinated by China s rapid technological development and economic growth, people around the world started to realize the importance of the Chinese language and the benefits their countries can enjoy when their citizens acquire the basic communication skills in such a language. In addition, learning the language helps people develop their businesses since Chinese is the language of future global business.
Learning Chinese enables businessmen to communicate with potential Chinese partners or clients and thus expand their activities.
China is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century. Thus, speaking Chinese will help you find jobs in various fields such as business, international relations, information technology (IT), tourism, education, translation.
Another reason for learning Chinese is the fact that the language itself is spoken by nearly a quarter of the world s population: not only those who live in China, Taiwan Province of China and Singapore, but also throughout South East Asia, North America, and Europe.
In addition, learning Chinese is an extraordinary experience through which you can expose yourself to a different culture. Unlike many world languages, Chinese has a unique ideographic writing system which provides visual comprehensibility.
The grammatical structure of Chinese is not only logical, but also pragmatic, related to the particular way of Chinese thinking.
Acquiring the knowledge of the written language will help you open up to the culture of one of the world s oldest civilizations.
Traditional Chinese culture, from Confucianism to martial arts and Chinese cuisine, has an enormous influence on East and South East Asian nations.
Chinese culture has also greatly inspired the Western world through Marco Polo, G. W. Leibniz, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Andre Malraux, Bertolt Brecht, among others.