If you’ve ever thought about learning the Chinese language, maybe now is the time to do it. China is a country that is improving all the time – for example China’s high speed train network is adding many miles of new track every year. China is the world’s second largest economy and has world class cities like Beijing and Shanghai as well as hundreds of other cities you’ve probably never heard of but with millions of people living in them. The quality of life is also improving for many people.
If you’re thinking of living in or visiting China there are many reasons to learn the Chinese language, here are my top 3:
How many languages do you need to master in order to speak with 0.7 billion European speakers? French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, polish and another 40 plus languages. Think you’re up to that? How many languages do you need to master in order to speak with 1.2 billion Chinese people? Just one. Chinese. Suddenly the Chinese language seems a whole lot easier to master when you think of it like that.
If you live in China then it’s essential that you can speak a little of the Chinese language to make your life easier. While online apps mean that you can now book trains, flights and hotels in China without ever needing to speak a word of Chinese – knowing a few essential phrases can go along way when communicating with taxi drivers, hair dressers or receiving your online shopping from Taobao.
If you live in China, but you don’t live in Shanghai or Beijing chances are that your romantic interest won’t speak any English. The expectation is that you can speak the Chinese language. There are only so many times you can say ‘dui’ (yes) in puzzled agreement before your date realizes that you don’t understand a thing they’re saying.