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The importance of Mandarin

by Trina Chan

Mandarin is the national language og China and Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. More than one billion of the world's population are Chinese speakers. The Chinese population is already one fifth of the population of the world and is rapidly expanding its presence everywhere. Modern Standard Chinese is an official language of the United Nations.

Even the Nationalists in Taiwan and the Communists in People's Republic of China agree on that matter: the national language of Chinese is the Mandarin dialect. It is also known as Beijing dialect or "putonghua", literally common language. It becomes the national language "gĂșoyu" in Taiwan and the Chinese language in Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore it is one of the four official languages and also use by the diasporas in Indonesia, Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Brunei, South Africa, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Mauritius as in many western countries like the USA, UK and Canada where it is already the third spoken language after English and French. A huge Diaspora makes it hard to find a town where there is no Chinese peoples to talk to.

Learning Mandarin is more than learning a language, it enables you to explore one of the most ancient culture of the world. It can easily become a life involvement. Knowing the Chinese language will enable you to communicate better with Chinese speaking people and provide you with a better understanding of Chinese culture. By learning Mandarin you will be able to speak with more people than any other language- including English. Mandarin is comparatively spoken by fewer non-Chinese than most European languages spoken by non-natives of their respective countries. That means there is a greater demand for Chinese since fewer Westerners are able to speak it. Furtehr more, the Chinese population is rapidly expanding its online presence. It will become increasingly useful for online communication.

Mandarin is also an open door to a huge job market in all of the countries where Mandarin is the language of commerce like Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. Learning Chinese today can help make a better future for you. Abundant opportunities for government and business careers as well as scientific and cultural exchanges await the student of Chinese. The China market is blossoming after decades of global isolation. As China is rapidly becoming a world economic power as it opens its doors to foreign investment expands its infrastructure, those who know Chinese will be valuable to business. In the past, foreigners learn Chinese because they are interested in Chinese language and culture. Today however, one can speak and use Chinese means he has more chances of getting a higher paying job.

Many universities from countries throughout the world offer Chinese language courses nowadays. This is because Chinese was considered an increasingly important international language because of China's successful Olympic bidding and last year's entry to the World Trade Organization (WT0). At present, it is said that the Chinese universities have foreign students where the majority of them come to learn Chinese language and culture. The number of foreigners that went over to China to learn Chinese has increasede tremendously.Even British is said to have plans allocating large educationfunds to promote the learning of Chinese among its citizens, since the Chinese language is expected to become a new global language in the new millennium.

In conclusion, learning Mandarin is importannt. The increasing impact of the Chinese language worldwide has become hard to stop. Those who learn and know Mandarin will definitely benefit much from it.

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