Why is it worth learning Chinese?
With an estimated 900 million speakers, Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world and the most widely spoken variety of Chinese. Cantonese lags far behind with an estimated 70 million speakers and is the official language of Hong Kong and Macau and is spoken in the Chinese province of Guangdong.
Regardless of its usefulness for work and everyday life, learning the language has significant advantages for memory performance. Studies show that by learning the Chinese characters, you train your brain while training your sense of creativity and dexterity.
The introduction to the language begins with the Chinese Pinyin alphabet to familiarize yourself with the sounds of the Chinese language. After that, you can start saying short sentences and introducing yourself in Chinese. You will learn to write Chinese calligraphy and the first Chinese characters. To understand everyday Chinese, it is enough to know about 3,000 characters.
Good news for learners: there is no conjugation, no gender or plural. Forming sentences in a Chinese course is therefore very simple. On the other hand, Chinese is a tonal language. The pronunciation and tone used influence the meaning of the words.
Knowledge of Chinese is not only a significant advantage, it is almost a must for anyone who wants to travel to rural China. The true beauty of China lies in the secluded corners that are hardly visited by international tourists. Here the residents only very rarely speak English. Also, as soon as you leave the metropolises, street signs are only in Chinese.
Learning the language is a way to discover the fascinating Chinese culture. This includes, in addition to Chinese tradition and philosophy, China’s many religions, Asian cuisine, martial arts and medicine.