Chinese is one of the most popular languages all over the world, spoken by more than one billion people in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many other places in East Asia. It is the second most commonly spoken language, only after English. It consists of a large number of dialects, which have the same written language but differ when spoken.
Chinese has grown in popularity all over the world according to statistics from the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Not surprisingly, it has become the most frequently learned language after English
Why learn chinese language
From researches done in some Chinese language schools, some students learn chinese language for general cultural reasons, as they are interested in more than 5000 year long culture. Others learn it as a big challenge, as it is a difficult language to learn because it is a tonal language, meaning that one word can have a different meaning depending on the tone. But the most important reason is that parents worry about their kids’ future, and send them to learn chinese language. It is undeniable that China is becoming the biggest market in the world for different products and services after its transition from a central- planned economy to a market-oriented one. Learning chinese language will help today students to be more successful in business in the next years.
How To Learn Chinese Language
Of course, if you are able to learn Chinese Language attending a school in China, it would be great. One or two months in China can be helpful. But not everybody can do that. You can attend a Chinese School in other country and complement that learning with online material such as podcasts or audio books to help you practice.
If everything continues in this way, Chinese will continue to be the most frequently learned language all over the world after English, with a great impact in business in the next years.
Alberto Abudara is the owner of Audio Book Fortress, an audio book store with a great number of audio books to help you learn chinese language He also runs a Squidoo lens with more information about how to
learn chinese language