Reasons to Study The Chinese Languageby Beth S. Freelance Writer
One of the things that should be in your list of goals is to learn a foreign language. Perhaps, this has already crossed your mind in the past, but brushed the thought away instead because you think your native language and your knowledge of the English language is enough to make you survive in this lifetime (fyi, some people die only speaking English or their native tongue alone). Maybe that’s true, but learning a foreign language has its own benefits that may even get you to places.
Chinese languages like Mandarin and Fokien are two of the most interesting foreign tongues that you could learn. Miss Luisa Shien, a teacher of a Chinese enrichment class in Singapore, shared, “Teaching Chinese to both natives and foreigners is a great challenge. The calligraphy itself is artful, and I often hear my non-Chinese students say they love learning how to pen letters in the language that make them very cautious of their strokes. Chinese is also such a beautiful language to learn knowing that it is one of the most document among ancient languages in the world.”
Still not convince to learn a Chinese Language? Here are reasons why you should consider:
Possibility to work as a translator is
promising: Embassies, Chinese corporate companies, cultural
organizations, publications, often need translators for diplomatic,
communicative, professional, and literary and scholastic purposes. You can
definitely work as a translator (from Chinese to English
You can communicate to billions of Chinese in the world: You know how Chinese like migrating to different countries in world. Testament to this is the fact that it is impossible not to find a Chinese restaurant in the capital city of a particular country, or even a whole Chinese community flocking into a place and eventually create a Chinatown somewhere (how do you think did we all come to love Chinese food?). Being able to communicate in Chinese can open doors of opportunities for you. Louela Dickson, who hails from Connecticut but decided to teach EFL in China tried to enrol in some Chinese enrichment course in Singapore for some months before heading to Shanghai. “I knew it would be hard to teach the English language to Chinese students so I opted to stay in Singapore to learn first before finally settling in China in 2010. I’ve always wanted to live in Asia when I was younger because I had Asian friends whom I love dearly. Now, I can speak and write in Mandarin, and I did not have a hard time relating to my Chinese students. And the best thing is, they love that an American teacher can speak in their vernacular with ease.”
There are easier ways to learn Chinese in this digital age: In the past, people who want to learn Chinese would resort to some laborious processes like listening to badly recorded tapes, and skimming and scanning big dictionaries, but today, things were definitely made easy, “ Digital computer-assisted learning techniques have exploded in popularity in the last decade or so, providing learners with great dictionary programs like Pleco and brilliant character-learning programs such as Memrise and Anki. Media-assisted learning techniques are also a huge help when it comes to learning Chinese,” wrote Michael Cruickshank in his article 4 Reasons Why Learning Chinese Is the Smartest Move You’ll Ever Make for fluentu.com. In fact, Chinese is one of the easiest languages to learn as it does not follow any tense and gender, and relatively has a very simple syntax and grammar.
Kids Who Learn A Foreign Language are likely to be more sociable: Learning any language gives one an extra edge and extra confidence compared to other people who have limited languages to speak. Dedicated Malaysian mom Sheila shared how she enrolled her daughter Thea to a mandarin class for kids in Singapore last year to help her overcome her shyness and stage fright. “I noticed that my 7-year-old kid, although very articulate, lacks some social skills. She wouldn’t easily mingle with others because she is shy. I was advised to enrol her in some language class and I decided to let her learn Chinese since we are now staying in Singapore anyway where there are a lot of Chinese-speaking natives. She overcome her shyness in no time, and even has close friends now from her school. She even teaches me Mandarin sometimes.”
It has been found by some studies too that people who are polyglots have exhibited higher intellectual ability.
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