Mandarin has emerged as the new must-have language. Parents worldwide are realising that fluency in Mandarin gives their children an advantage. Professor Daniel Powell, one of the world’s foremost language experts, advises ‘People who used to be able to make their way in the world as monolingual English speakers are now finding that they’ve got to compete with people who are genuinely multilingual’. In just five years, the number of people learning Mandarin worldwide has soared to 30 million.
Why to learn Mandarin?
- Mandarin is the national language of China and Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. By learning Mandarin you will be able to speak with more people than any other language- including English.
- Mandarin is comparatively spoken by fewer non-Chinese than most European languages spoken by non-natives of their respective countries. That means there is a greater demand for Chinese since fewer Westerners are able to speak it.
- China is rapidly becoming a world economic power as it opens its doors to foreign investment expands its infrastructure. Those who know Chinese will be valuable to business.
- The Chinese population is rapidly expanding its online presence. It will become increasingly useful for online communication.
China – a rising world economic power
By 2027, China is projected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. Right now China is:
- A rising world economic power
- A major source of immigrant workforce
- A major source of international students
- A major source of tourists to Western countries
- A major destination for Western tourists
- The source of its biggest immigrant settlers
- A country with a long and prestigious culture
- Home to 1 in 5 human beings on the Earth
Why teach Mandarin to my child now?
By exposing your child to Mandarin lessons at an early age, you can lay the foundations for fluency in Mandarin as they grow and develop. Kids have an incredible ability to learn languages at a young age. The ability to effortlessly absorb a new language begins to decline at a very early age, according to specialists.