Ni hao! Sometimes the proud and glorious history of a language is joined by a bridge to its bright modern future. It isn’t always a bridge, though. Sometimes, it is joined by a Great Wall.
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language on Earth, and is the native tongue of nearly a billion residents of this wonderful blue marble. For centuries the most advanced empire on earth, China and its language have been shaping the fields of science, medicine, technology, and music since the early days of civilization. But you live now, in the present, and Chinese is as relevant now as it has ever been. With the Chinese economy projected to surpass the United States as the world’s largest by 2030, students, employers, and professionals are flocking to classrooms to learn Chinese! Hen hao!
Why Learn Chinese Abroad?
For most students reading this, Chinese is completely unlike their native tongue. For most students reading this, China is completely unlike their native home. Learning Chinese, then, is an indisputably noble exercise, one that challenges the student to step beyond his or her comfort zone and dare to learn a little something about themselves. If learning a language expands the mind, then learning Chinese blows it wide open, grows it to a size it’s never been, and invites the students to wonder whether there is anything they cannot do.