Why Should We Learn Chinese
First of all, 1/4 of the world's population speaks Chinese. Chinese speakers not only live in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, but also spread throughout Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. You can find China town in many cities. Chinese people today have been playing increasingly important roles worldwide, and 4 out of 10 top corporates in the world are owned by Chinese. In the Chinese market, your knowledge on how to speak Chinese is of outmost importance since most Chinese individuals use their native language.
Second, Chinese culture has greatly inspired the western world through Marco Polo, G. W. Leibniz, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Andre Malraux, Bertolt Brecht, Ezra Pound, and Luis Borges, among others. From Confucianism and Chan Buddhism to martial arts and Chinese cuisine, all these have an enormous influence on East and Southeast Asian nations.
Third, learning Chinese can open for new career chances. There are available employment in the field of manufacturing as well as teaching Chinese, translation, travel industry and interpreting. For instance, in western countries knowing how to speak this language can establish good working relationship with Chinese employees. Also, this can build rapport with other companies abroad. Proficient speakers of Mandarin Chinese will find jobs more easily. Of all foreign languages at American universities and colleges, Chinese shows the highest proportional increase in enrollment.
Also, most countries apart from China speak the Chinese language such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan. So, if you travel to these countries you will not have a hard time communicating with the local people as well as read signs and directions.
Leaning Chinese is becoming a demand for teachers, translators, government officials, import/export specialists, tour guides, etc. The benefits of acquiring Chinese language are numerous and far-
People's Republic of China
Total Area 3,705,406.97 sq mi, 9,596,960.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than the US)
Population 1,273,111,290 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 1,470,468,924
Languages Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-
Literacy 81.5% total, 89.9% male, 72.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 2%-
note: officially atheist
Life Expectancy 69.81 male, 73.59 female (2001 est.)
Government Type Communist state
Currency 1 yuan = 10 jiao
GDP (per capita) $3,600 (2000 est.)
Industry iron and steel, coal, machine building, armaments, textiles and apparel, petroleum, cement, chemical fertilizers, footwear, toys, food processing, automobiles, consumer electronics, telecommunications
Agriculture rice, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, cotton, oilseed; pork; fish
Arable Land 10%
Natural Resources coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest)