Posted by: gapolyglot | January 22, 2010

Benefits of Studying Chinese

In doing some research for a publisher in Hong Kong for whom we are going to sell a brand new Chinese textbook, I found this interesting list online. Hope you find it helpful!

The Benefits of Studying Chinese

Many students do not realize the benefits of studying Chinese and what makes it easy. There are many benefits to studying Chinese. Here is a list of reasons to study Chinese and why it can easier to study than other languages.

Why study Chinese?

1. China is the most populous country in the world with over 1.4 billion people. Mandarin is spoken by almost one billion people. It is
the #1 spoken language in the world. One out of five people in the world is Chinese.
2. Mandarin is spoken in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, The Philippines,
and Mongolia.
3. China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, over 5000 years old.
4. China has the second largest economy in the world. Knowing Chinese will allow students to compete effectively in the global
economy of the future.
5. China is one of America’s largest trading partners.
6. Many American companies do business in China, including Motorola, Coca Cola, and Ford.
7. Knowing Chinese may be an edge when competing for a job. The demand for business people who know Chinese is
skyrocketing.
8. China is playing a major role in world affairs and will continue to do so.
9. A May 2006 Newsweek article stated that “In U.S. homes, Chinese has eclipsed French, German and Italian and become the third
most commonly spoken language after English and Spanish.”
10. By studying Chinese, students will develop an appreciation for Chinese culture and history.
11. Leaning a second language develops critical and creative thinking skills.

Why Chinese is easy?

1. There are no verb conjugations.
2. There is no gender.
3. There is no noun-adjective agreement.
4. There are no articles (the, a, an).
5. There is no number agreement (three books).
6. Numbers are easy: 20 = 2-10s, èr shì; 30 = 3-10s, san shì
7. Days of the week and months are easy. Monday = day one of the week; Tuesday = day two of the week; Wednesday = day three of the week…; January = one month, February = two month, March = three month…
8. There are no capital and small letters.
9. If you know 1000 commonly used characters, you will recognize 90% of the characters in Chinese newspapers.

What makes Chinese hard?

1. There are four different tones.
2. Character writing can be difficult with all of the strokes. There is a Romanized system called pinyin; some letter-sounds
combinations are different from English combinations.
3. Some structures can be difficult, such as measure words. The word modifying the number changes depending on whether it is
general, paper/book, cup/bottle, etc

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Responses

  1. There might be a few things worth arguing about but a great list all the same! I’m going to tweet it all over!

  2. FABULOUS Post! Montgomery County has a fabulous immersion program for Mandarin Chinese at Potomac Elementary and College Gardens.

    As a parent of 2 children that have gone through the program – I am in TOTAL agreement with all on the list. My kids still laugh at me when I make an effort to speak – as my tones are horrible.

    China is changing. It is modernizing at a pace that is unparalleled in our history. Visit a Chinese City this year – and go back 2 years later – there will be unrecognizable parts that have been completely modernized.

    Communist country? Don’t be fooled. It is one of the most entrepreneural places you will ever go.

    We are going back again in July to Shenzhen for a Cultural Festival – Can’t Wait!

    Great post! Keep it up! Gerry

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  6. Studying anything has many advantages, and languages are no different. There are personal and professional advantages to be derived from studying them. Right now in the world Chinese is moving itself into a position to be the dominant language and cultural force for the 21st century.

  7. Yes, certainly there is an advantage if you know some other languages like Chinese which will help in your carrier.

  8. I am Mongolian. I live in Mongolia and we don’t speak Chinese here. Because of that I am going to Shanghai to study Chinese … So please edit your post and remove Mongolia from Chinese speaking countries.

    • But there are ethnic Chinese in Mongolia:
      Ethnic Chinese in Mongolia can be subdivided into three groups: Mongolian citizens of ethnic Chinese background, temporary residents with Chinese citizenship, and permanent residents with Chinese citizenship. Mongolia’s 1956 census counted ethnic Chinese as 1.9% of the population; the United States government estimated their proportion to be 2% in 1987, or roughly 40,000 people.[1] The 2000 census showed 1,323 permanent residents of Chinese descent; this figure does not include naturalised citizens, temporary residents, nor illegal immigrants.[2] Illegal immigrants from China were estimated at 10,000 in the 1990s.

      It is not a primary language like Mongol, but is spoken in Mongolia.


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