Maybe you want to grasp Chinese culture better. Maybe you want to understand Chinese poetry or music. Maybe you want to know what the characters in Chinese TV dramas are saying. Or maybe you want to pursue a professional career in China. These are all often-heard reasons why people choose to study Mandarin Chinese. In this article, we take a deep dive into the language’s features.
Mandarin Chinese has a reputation for being a difficult language to master. And while we would not call it an easy language, some aspects of it might not be so tough to grasp. For instance, Mandarin does not distinguish between gender and number distinctions. Also, just like in English, you can make simple sentences using a subject, verb and object. So for “I want to have lunch”, we say: “我想吃午饭”。As you delve into the language further, you will find a lot of language concepts are linked, and some Chinese phrases are even borrowed from other languages.
What can you expect after learning Chinese?
China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, tracing back thousands of years. Nearly one-fifth of the global population speaks Chinese! Studying the language will allow you to explore Chinese culture on a deeper level, as you explore renowned Chinese novels, stories, poetry and film. They reveal the values, the struggles, the joys and the sorrows of Chinese people and often offer insights into their most intimate feelings.
In today’s multi-national business world, a lot of international companies have dealings with China. By opening itself up to the world, China has become actively involved in world affairs as an influential player. And it will continue to do so in the future. And so, there is a massive demand for professionals who can bridge the gap between this new China and the wider world, for instance with investment or economic cooperation. Nowadays, plenty of businesses are looking for Chinese speakers, as they look to operate successfully in China. Therefore, proficiency in Mandarin can make you a front-runner, no matter which field you are in!
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Studying Chinese will put you amongst good company! Over the years, a range of international celebrities has shown their Chinese skills on TV and online. For instance, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep famously cited Chinese poetry in a TV interview, while former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is known to be fluent in Mandarin. Actresses Vanessa Branch and Mira Sorvino are also known to speak Mandarin, just like wrestler/actor John Cena.