Why Study Mandarin Chineese?

Personal benefits

  • Learning other languages promotes mental flexibility.
  • It promotes cross-cultural understanding.
  • Studying Chinese opens possibilities for meeting natives.

Educational benefits

  • China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old.
  • China is the most populous nation in the world, with 1.28 billion people.
  • Studying Spanish will facilitate the learning of other languages as well.
  • Careers in language teaching, translating and interpreting are increasingly in demand.
  • Study abroad opportunities in China are on the rise.
  • In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
  • You can gain access to Chinese art, music, literature and film.
  • Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar; unlike many Western languages it has no verb conjugations or declensions (modifying a noun for number and gender).

Career opportunities

  • China is the second largest economy in the world.
  • China is one of largest trading partners of the United States.
  • Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments there.
  • It is the most commonly spoken first language in the world.
  • More than sixty-five U.S. federal departments and agencies have foreign language requirements.
  • Chinese teachers, professional translators and interpreters are in high demand worldwide.