East Asian Studies Program
Why do I need to learn Chinese?
Reason #1. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, areas in Southeast Asia, and cities in the US and Europe.
Reason #2. China boasts the fastest economic growth in the world today and is the 3rd largest economic body worldwide.
Reason #3. China’s robust economic growth has attracted the most foreign investment in the world.
Reason #4. China is one of the most important markets for U.S. exports.
Reason #5. China has played an important role in the world’s politics.
Reason #6. Love the internet? China draws the most internet users in the world.
Reason #7. China enjoys a civilization of over 5000 years. Its arts, literature, architecture, history, religions, and philosophy influence many parts of the world beyond China.
Reason #8. Certified Chinese language teachers are in great demand both in the US and worldwide.
Reason #9. Of course, traveling to China is a lot of fun, more fun if you can speak the language.
Reason #10. The Chinese language has a straightforward grammar, very easy to master.