Who Are Learning Chinese?
Chinese language is spoken by 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world’s population).However, this number will grow bigger with more and more foreigners joining the trend of learning Chinese. Although Chinese is rated as one of the most difficult languages to learn, people from different industries, backgrounds are learning Chinese for personal reasons or business opportunities. We have trained so many people to learn Chinese. It is interesting to talk about who are learning Chinese.
One of the major groups of learners is English teacher. We have International school teachers, university teachers and language training school teachers taking part in our Mandarin courses. Though it is difficult to learn Chinese and teach English in China at the same time, expat English teachers try hard to make it happen. Being language teachers themselves, they know the rules of languages and what needs to be pay attention to when learning a new language. Besides, their Chinese colleagues and their lovely students can help them to practice Chinese after class.
High executives are no wonder on the list of common Chinese learners. We have students such as Eric Alexander, Uber’s Asia Head for Business learning with our online Chinese courses. High executives sent to foreign companies in China usually enjoy certain amount of Chinese learning budget. If not they would like to pay for the Chinese classes by themselves. For them, learning Chinese is important for seeking business opportunities and helps them better understand Chinese business culture, also making it easier to manage Chinese employees. These students have tight schedule thus learning business Mandarin online is their perfect solution.
Now more journalists especially those who are working in Hong Kong begin to learn Mandarin. We have journalists working for BAFTA and AFC, and journalists writing about astronomy. Most of them can speak Cantonese as their working and living environment is Cantonese. Later on they will choose to learn Mandarin as well since they will also frequently visit mainland China for work. The knowledge of Cantonese language can help them when learning Mandarin as some of the pronunciation is similar and sentence structures are more or less the same.
Apart from those mentioned above, people from a lot of other industries and backgrounds are also learning Chinese, such as banking and financing, lawyers, artists and so on. No matter what jobs they do, their enthusiasm for Chinese is the same.