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Why Learn Chinese? Top 10 Reasons to Learn Chinese(2/2)

January 14th, 2013 - by sheryl


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Chinese culture is over 5000 years old.

By learning the Chinese Language, Chinese you will learn another culture. Learning a language gives you a better understanding through the grammar and even how the words are derived of the culture behind them. There is a lot of Chinese Poetry that lose some meaning when translated.

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Learning another language gives you another viewpoint.

When a child uses a word, this word also triggers associations in the brain, brought about by the other languages the child knows. Maybe this is why it seems people who know languages seem smarter. The numerous mental associations playing in their brain, opens new ideas. It also helps as people age. I once had a fun talk with a programmer explaining how learning a new computer language helped keep his mind fresh.At the very least, it will help you when ordering Chinese food.

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Learning Chinese will give a student a competitive advantage.

Chinese is the fastest growing Foreign Language being taught in US schools. I like Mayor Daly’s quote: “We want to give our young people opportunities to advance … and [Chinese] is a great opportunity to survive in today’s economy.” Students can get higher grades in when they take Chinese subjects in school because they started early at home.

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Mandarin Chinese is the most taught foreign language after English in Japan.

If the Japanese are learning it, shouldn’t people in the US? The Japanese have a sharp scent on who or what is arriving. Mandarin Chinese is the most used language on the Internet.

10.

Family and Community

-If you have relatives who don’t speak English, but only Chinese, it’s so great to be able to speak with them in Chinese. If you also live within a Chinese community, it’s nice to be able to relate to neighbors and friends speaking their language. I can’t tell you how proud my wife is that my daughter got selected to be the announcer this year for her Chinese Choir! There are big Chinese communities all over the world. Whether for business or to establish personal ties, knowing the language is not only useful, but endears you to people you want to connect to.

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