Why Chinese?

Here you may find 7 good reasons why learning Chinese is important.

1. The World is Changing

You have heard it before – globalization, outsourcing, free trade. The world is changing, even if the USA and the European Union continue as important actors, they have to compete with other countries, like China—the second largest economic engine. Since China has joined the WTO – it’s growing economy, booming middle-class,solid commercial balance and big foreign money reserves – interacting with China is more and more important – to the benefit to everybody. But how can you interact and do business with someone and in such a huge country like China if you don’t even understand the language?

2. Politics

In May 2005, Senator Joe Lieberman and Lamar Alexander introduced the “US-China Cultural Engagement Act”. According to Asia Society News, as China rushes toward superpower status, American schools and government officials are growing increasingly concerned by the lack of expertise in a language considered crucial to national prosperity and security.

3. Because everybody does

Okay, to be honest – not everybody is learning Chinese (apparently it’s not that easy). But did you know that the number of students learning Chinese is the fastest growing among all foreign languages? Quite often demand in Chinese classes is higher than Chinese teachers available, because not only students, also many business people start learning Chinese.

4. To maintain your competitiveness

In past years, many students started to learn Chinese, but nowadays, speaking Chinese is a real advantage when it goes to find a job after earning your first university degree. If you learn Chinese, you are different and you can benefit from many new opportunities – linked to the growing trade with China.

5. Manufacturing in China

China has more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, an unbelievable working force – with lower cost than any western European countries and northern American countries. Even if China is the home to millions of factories to produce goods for the whole world, many of these companies are managed by or in cooperation with foreigners. If you speak Chinese, you can speed up the cooperation between your local businesses and Chinese factories.

6. China can soon become the biggest consumer market in the world

China is not only the world manufacturer, producing many of our daily goods, it’s also an fast growing market with more than a billion consumers – foreign companies rush into the Chinese market it hopes to get huge benefits. By creating one marketing campaign, you can reach more people than in any other country of the world. Today’s China is very different from yesterday’s China. As in any other country – the younger generation wants to own MP3-Player, i-Phone etc. This growing trade with Chinese makes it for foreign companies more and more important to have qualified employees who can speak Chinese.

7. More than 1.3 billion people speak Chinese

If you learn Chinese, you can communicate to more people than ever before. You can learn more about a fascinating and rich culture – get in contact with people, make friends, create jobs. Can you imagine a language that opens more doors for you!

China is the third largest trading partner of Tennessee after Canada and Mexico.

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