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Why study Chinese?

Chinese is the language which has the greatest number of native speakers in the world – roughly one billion at the last count (and rising!). This means that over 14% of the world’s population speak Chinese as their first language! In addition, Chinese is one of the six official language of the United Nations (along with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

That of course is just the purely language aspect. In economic terms, China has become the biggest trading power in the world and as such is impossible to ignore, as shown by the number of international companies now present in China.

Culturally and philosophically, China possesses a rich heritage, the roots of which stretch back over 5000 years to before the time of the Shang Dynasty; however, much of Chinese culture is still largely unknown to many in the West. 

Although traditional values based on Confucianism and Taoism still play an important part in Chinese life, that is not to say that China is not forward-looking – from being seen as a producer of inferior goods, Chinese products can now rival or even better those produced in the West. In fact, in some areas, the majority of products are Chinese made!

If learning the language underpinning the thinking and culture of one of the most influential countries in today’s world, then learning Chinese is for you. Indeed, if you want to be truly ‘international’, then learning Chinese is a ‘must’!

Which Chinese is taught?

If you have asked this question, then you already know that there are a number of varieties of Chinese, including Mandarin, Wu, Gan and Hakka. The Chinese taught at the Language Centre is ‘Standard Chinese’, that is to say the official language of China, based on Mandarin.

How far can I progress?

At the Language Centre, the four courses offered allow you to progress from total beginner’s level up to A2 on the CEFR scale (see below). At the A2 level, you will already be able to express opinions and take part in simple communicative interactions, such as those connected with travelling.

Is studying Chinese difficult?

Learning Chinese is certainly challenging as it requires adapting your mind to a new system of writing, not to mention learning to distinguish between tones. However, it is not impossible – as witnessed by the millions of people who have already learnt it!

Can I also study Chinese by myself?

Although it is of course possible to learn Chinese by yourself, having a good teacher can make a world of difference. Here at the Language Centre, our courses are taught by a teacher from the Confucius Institute through the medium of English (and Chinese!). In addition, we have an ever-increasing range of self-study material available through our Self Access Centre (Pinni B5071), including internet links, books and CDs, and even ‘talking’ posters to help learn characters!

 
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