Why Study Chinese?
- China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures at over 5000 years old.
- One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.
- Being the second largest economy in the world, business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.
- In addition to Mainland China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
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