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 found Keats School and I am so glad that I did. When you learn Chinese in China at Keats, you are fully being taken care of. My teacher is really great and we become lovely friends.
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.
I really enjoy this place because we have private Mandarin lessons. I took the 6-hour program, 4 hours in the morning, 2 in the afternoon. Even though it is quite a lot, the teaching is complimentary. This is very helpful because I could review what I did before and learn new things. My 2 teachers are fantastic. We live in the school, so it is convenient. It is interesting to me to meet people from all over the world.
I took the one-on-one Intensive Chinese class for 6 hours a day. The classes are very interesting. The teachers are caring and the content the teacher teaches me is suitable for my level. It is an easy way to learn Mandarin. I have a lot of time practicing Chinese in class. The food is great here. I have improved my Chinese through this program at Keats.
Kunming’s scenery is very beautiful. It is the best place to study Chinese in China. My favorite learning method at Keats School is one-on-one because it is suitable for everyone. My teacher is very good, very caring, and lovely. My life when learning Chinese in Kunming is very good and the weather is very good. The air is very good. It is good for the elderly’s body.
My teachers are all excellent. They trained the teachers so professionally. I feel like I learn very quickly with my teacher. They are very serious about their students and I know every teacher is like this. I would highly recommend that you come to Keats if you are looking for the best Chinese school in China.
So during my first week at Keats, I didn’t dare to speak any Chinese words. I found out that my Chinese level quickly improved since then. Although I have many options to study in China, for example, some other schools have homestay, I found I could immerse myself and fully focus on learning Chinese by staying at Keats.
At Keats, I have a lot of opportunities to practice what I have learned. I really like this school, because I can learn Chinese in one-on-one style, so I think this is the best immersion program in China and my teacher is the best teacher. I feel that without my teacher, my Chinese will definitely not improve so much. I’m very happy because, at Keats, I have improved my Chinese significantly.