Chinese or popularly known as Mandarin is misconstrued to be the most difficult language in the world. This misunderstanding is probably because most languages in the world are phonetic while Mandarin characters are composed of pictograms and semi-phonetic ideograms. However, here are some quick facts that will not only help you overcome your apprehensions of learning Chinese but also get you excited to take up Mandarin as your next new language.
Mandarin Chinese is Taiwan’s official language and is also spoken by around 1.2 billion people worldwide, making it the most spoken language in the world. Just to put things in perspective, around 14% of the global population speaks Chinese. So, learning Mandarin can bring in great benefits in aspects such as understanding business requirements, appreciating art, understanding Chinese/Taiwanese culture, or getting your way around comfortably when you’re travelling to these countries or enjoying their cuisine.
Chinese characters are not randomly constructed structures. They have been carefully and systematically designed over a period of thousands of years and if you can understand how these characters are designed, you can easily learn Chinese. In fact, although the Chinese language has more than 80,000 characters, only 3,500 of them are used in verbal communication.
In addition to China, other Chinese-speaking countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia today serve as some of the largest trading markets in the world. Hence, learning Chinese could be highly useful from the business of trading point of view.
Learning the Chinese language is highly intellectually and creatively stimulating, especially written Chinese.
Unlike many other languages, written Chinese does not have complex sentences and grammatical nuances, which makes it relatively easier to learn. In fact, it doesn’t even have popular English grammar concepts such as subject-verb agreement, verbs, plural, and tenses. Verbal communication in Chinese is a blend of unspoken aspects of communication such as facial expression, overall mannerisms, and gestures. This has made Chinese (both written and verbal) a truly exciting and new way of communication across the world.
In today’s competitive world, people with good Chinese language communication skills are relatively more sought-after in terms of job opportunities worldwide. This is because while many professionals may rely on translation tools that might not be as accurate or might not help in conveying their intended message, fluency in Chinese language will give you the required edge over others.