Why Study Chinese?

Here are eight good reasons why you should study Chinese:

  1. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world.
  2. It is a language of a very dynamic and interesting country.
  3. It has an addictive writing system (easy things are boring).
  4. Although it has the reputation of being very difficult, many parts of the language are very simple: no verb conjugations; no noun declensions, no gender or case endings.
  5. There is a huge diaspora to talk to.
  6. Chinese culture is over 5000 years old.
  7. You can visit and travel in a country where you cannot expect everyone to speak English.
  8. It is a tonal language.