What are the benefits of Learning to Speak Mandarin?
1. It’s the most spoken language in the world
Yes, I know — this answer is very cliché but there’s a reason for that: because it’s true! There are 1.4 billion people in China. Everyone wants to access the Chinese market. It has a huge rising middle class (hence Julia Gillard’s talk of having an “Asian Ready Workforce”). It’s an important trading partner for virtually every western country.
2. It makes traveling to China a lot funner.
Experience a different side of China. You will be able to go places that most foreigners wouldn’t even know how to get to. You will be able to speak to locals, understand their way of life, be invited to their households for tea or even dinner (Chinese people are exceptionally receptive and welcoming when they see that you’re a foreigner and can speak some Chinese), and gain a much more intimate experience of Chinese culture.
3. Learning Chinese is like doing Sudoku.
What do I mean by this? Like sudoku, learning Chinese will exercise your brain and help to slow cognitive decline which is associated with ageing. Only you get the added benefit of being able to speak the most widely used language in the world. It’s also seen as being a very difficult language to learn (a misperception of course!) which makes you look very smart.
4. Speak to Chinese People in your Local Area.
Chances are, there will be Chinese restaurants in your area. Shock them with your Chinese skills by ordering everything in Chinese! If you live in a big city, then you can surprise your Chinese colleagues, Chinese church-goers, or even just Chinese strangers on the street with “Ni zen me yang?”
5. Spice up your Love Life.
If you can speak Chinese, then you will increase your dating pool by more than 500%! Yes, you read that right. Even if you’re not completely fluent, Chinese women will love you. A Chinese man will love you all the same.
If you’re already married, then you can spice up your love life with “wo ai ni” (I love you) and “ni hen piao liang” (you’re very beautiful) over and over again.