• 5th December, 2012

Is Chinese really the language of the future?

 

If you’ve read the headlines over the past few years it you will have noticed the ever-increasing flirtation with Chinese as “the language of the future“.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the relationship between the US and China is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world right now. Nor will you have failed to realise the ever increasing interest in learning Chinese. In fact, over the last 6 years, China has established more than 300 Confucius Institutes across 94 countries to help the rest us learn an increasingly important yet incredibly challenging language. The plan is to roll-out at least 700 more before the end of this decade.

Thanks to efficient economic reforms, standards of living, purchasing power, and modern business practices are continuing to grow and Chinas is well on its way to becoming the next super-consumer country.

SO, WILL CHINESE REALLY BECOME THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE?

It may be an unpopular, unfashionable opinion, but I’m going to say no and this is why:

  1. The HSBC bank ran a marketing campaign stating that there were five times more English speakers in China than people living in England.
  2. Every day, more and more Chinese universities are teaching their students in Chinese, English and Spanish. The Latin American world is a new and exciting one to be discovered and the Chinese are keen for their young people to forge strong business relationships there.
  3. China takes the gold for the sheer number of native Mandarin speakers, well over 1,213 million across China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore; however looking at language families, the Indo-Europeans have in excess of 2400 million speakers.
  4. Chinese takes years to master. In the three or four years of intensive learning that Mandarin requires you could have graduated university as a lawyer, mastered two or three Latin languages or acquired a vital skill that may help you succeed in an increasingly difficult employment market.

Do you agree? Do you have other points of view? Let’s hear them! Get in touch now: Twitter or Facebook.

In the mean time why not get started on your English or Spanish? You can test your level here! And here’s how, step by step.

 

P.S. I may have been known to change my mind from time to time, so why not ask me again in a year or so… 😉

 

 

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