Reasons Why Your Children Should Learn Chinese
Should you be teaching Chinese to your kids? (Or having someone else teach them Chinese?) The experts at TutorMing say, “Absolutely! And we’ve summarized a few reasons why your kids should be learning Chinese.”
1. Gaining a useful skill
China has surged forward to become the second largest economy in the world. With over 1.3 billion speakers of the language, knowing Chinese will always be a valuable skill. In today’s economy, knowing how to speak Chinese will give you a leg-up on the corporate ladder. Whether or not China actually ends up becoming the most powerful nation world is irrelevant to the fact that if you do anything in business or entrepreneurship, you will be working with China.
2. Developing Cultural Intelligence
Language is an integral part of culture, and Chinese is no exception. Only through learning the language with a native speaker can you pick up on cultural differences between East and West. For example, in Chinese people rarely say “please” with their friends or colleagues, as being too polite can be viewed as creating distance between them. Furthermore, China has a deep history and rich cultural background that is sure to inspire and interest your kids.
Ultimately, having a better understanding of a different culture will help your children to grow up to be more considerate, more open-minded, and more intellectual.
3. Enhancing other skills.
Learning a language that is radically different from English, such as Chinese, gives children a unique insight to the overall concept of language. This exposure to a different language enhances their cognitive development, helping them gain a better understanding of different language rules and structures. A study conducted in Canada revealed that children who are bilingual tend to score higher on standardized tests, even in the English portion. Studies also show a link between speaking Mandarin Chinese and musical inclination. Since Chinese is such a tonal language, children who speak it are more likely to develop absolute pitch.
What are the best methods to learn Chinese? Well, the fastest way to learn is to be immersed in the culture and language completely. However, unless you are willing to uproot your life and move to China, these options are few and far between.
There are many resources and websites that allow you to learn Chinese online. However, only TutorMing offers certified, world class Chinese consultants that specialize in teaching Chinese at the K-12 age. With fun and challenging courses in our virtual classrooms, our encouraging teachers will guide your kids to Chinese fluency.
About the Author
Sara Lynn Hua is a Chinese language researcher for TutorMing. She grew up in Beijing, before going to the University of Southern California (USC) to get her degree in Social Sciences and Psychology.
Founded in 2004, TutorGroup, the parent company of TutorMing, created the first commercially available synchronous learning portal in the world. TutorGroup offers TutorMing for Chinese learning. For English learning, it offers VIPABC, TutorABC, and TutorABCJr. The company is backed by Alibaba, Softbank, Temasek, and Qiming Ventures.