We’ve all heard it before “Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world”, but should millennials be worried about learning it?
If you’re a millennial and are debating learning the Mandarin language, carry on reading. We’re breaking it down for you by asking a series of questions. If you answer “yes” to any or all of these questions, you need to start studying Mandarin.
Mandarin is the language of business. Many companies see knowing this language as an added skill, which increases your chance of hire.
Knowing how to speak Mandarin will help your career in many ways. Whether you’re working towards being an engineer or having a career in the manufacturing industry, you will most likely deal with someone who speaks Mandarin.
Use your skills during a work meeting, client call, or presentation and allow clients or suppliers who primarily speak Mandarin to feel comfortable within your company.
You guessed it… if you like to travel, you may eventually head to a place that primarily speaks Mandarin. Instead of feeling uncomfortable and relying on a translation app, if you know Mandarin, you will be able to travel at ease with a full understanding of your surroundings.
Not only will you be able to travel easily, buy your favorite treats and negotiate a bargain with the locals, but you can also help other tourists struggling with the Mandarin language. You’d be in their shoes if you chose not to learn Mandarin.
Mandarin will bring you so many benefits. Over the last 35 years, China has become arguably the largest global economy out there.
This means that China has opened itself up as a country encouraging foreign investment and economic cooperation. This brings a huge demand for people who can bridge the gap between the new China and the rest of the world.
The possibilities are really endless if you know Mandarin.
More than one billion people speak Mandarin. That’s one billion people you could reach if you learned the language.
If you learn Mandarin, you also gain access to a whole new world of Chinese online spaces. Due to government restrictions, the online space in China looks a lot different than the rest of the world.
The Chinese internet is full of unique multimedia platforms and other content virtually unknown to the rest of the world. China even has its own versions of Youtube called Youku and Tudou.
If you learned Mandarin, you could even start uploading on those to become internet famous, as so many millennials hope to be.
The Mandarin language has a deep history behind it. We briefly touched on it in our “The Mandarin Language: A Brief History” blog post.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language of mainland China and has been since 1982. It’s also one of the four official languages of Singapore and is one of the eight official languages of the United Nations.
Not only does the language itself have a history behind it, but China does as well. China is a huge country with the customs and traditions of its people. When you learn Mandarin, you will fully understand the history of the language, the country, the temples, and the people.
At Keats School in Kunming, China, we offer culture classes in addition to Mandarin lessons. These culture classes range from learning the history of China, Chinese calligraphy, Tai Chi, Chinese Kung Fu, and Chinese musical instruments.
Learning Mandarin is a great place if you’re an artist or you’d like to practice your art skills. Chinese symbols and characters require a steady hand. These characters are created by using strokes, which is very much like painting.
Within the culture classes, we offer Chinese calligraphy classes. After taking three to five lessons, students can write their own works of art. There are two hours for one Chinese calligraphy lesson and two lessons per week.
Studies have shown that Chinese speakers think about things differently than others. The Chinese have different time, space, and history concepts that can only be understood through the Mandarin language. To learn more about how the Chinese understand time, read “How Different Cultures Understand Time” by Business Insider.
Learning the Mandarin grammar structure, word order, the different tones, and the order of the words and phrases will help form the Chinese outlook on life.
I think we all like food. It’s a staple that keeps us going. But, what we like even more is good quality, fresh foods that leave us feeling good. There are sizzling food markets across China that offer unique dishes that are not found anywhere else.
If you know the Mandarin language, you will be able to visit one of these markets and know exactly what you’re buying.
At Keats School, we offer Chinese cooking classes to help students cook authentic Chinese foods. This means students have the chance to become master Chinese cooks and bring their skills home with them. Meals are also provided in your Chinese language programs. Don’t know what to order in a Chinese restaurant? Check out the 20 popular Chinese dishes.
So, if you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you’re more than likely itching to start learning Mandarin. If you’re hoping to kick-start your career and make a difference in the world, your best bet is learning Mandarin. Many famous stars and entrepreneurs have learned this language as a way to boost their futures.
I have really enjoyed the Chinese course in China at Keats and meeting the teachers here and the students. We have a lot of fun in class. It is a really great school to learn with good teaching methods and a really good textbook, examples and games, and everything.
I found Keats to be very good, teachers are excellent and really take the students seriously. Kunming is the best place to learn Mandarin in China. The environment is awesome, no pollution. The air quality is great, good weather. The people here are very friendly. I come to take classes every day. I feel comfortable studying Chinese at Keats. I learned so many things, although I only studied at Keats for 2 months. I am really satisfied with my teacher. For us foreigners, Keats is the best Chinese school in China. Therefore, I would highly recommend Keats to all of you.
We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.
My first semester that I studied at another school, and the pressure there was pretty high, the classroom hour was long, and the homework was pretty tedious. Since I came to Keats, I found I have a lot more opportunities to speak in the classroom. My classmates all are fluent and love speaking and participating in the class. We have great classroom dynamic.
Last year I started studying Chinese at University. The reason that I came here is that currently, I’m preparing for the HSK 5 test. Also, I heard that this is one of the best schools to study Mandarin in China. After I came here I realized that Kunming is a pretty cool city to live in and with regards to the teachers’ teaching methods, I think they’re very professional. And I think the language environment is good so now I’m ready to take the HSK 5.
I decided to learn Chinese in Kunming because I like smaller cities and I like the climate here. We had four hours a day study here and my dear teacher taught me very much and never lost her patience with me. It was a really wonderful experience to be here and I recommend Keats school and the teachers here to everyone who likes to learn Chinese in China.
Before I came to Keats School, I had no confidence in my Chinese proficiency. I did not have the confidence to speak Mandarin Chinese and chat with Chinese people. However, after 4 months of study at Keats, I become more and more confident in speaking Chinese now. Studying Chinese in China at Keats School has been the best decision I have ever made. There are many games in the class, and my teacher’s teaching methods are also very interesting. My experience at Keats School has changed my view of China and Chinese people.
I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.