Why Study Chinese?

•  Chinese is the most spoken first language in the world.
•  China is the most populous nation in the world, with 1.35 billion people.
•  In addition to mainland China and Taiwan, Chinese is also widely spoken in Southeast Asian countries.
•  China is the world’s second largest economy and remains the fastest growing one.
•  China is one of America’s largest trading partners.
•  More and more U.S. companies do business in China, including Apple, IBM, and General Motors.
•  Chinese language is beautiful, melodic, and poetic. Chinese lessons are mentally stimulating and fun.
•  If you know 1000 commonly used characters, you will recognize 90% of the characters in Chinese media.
•  Learning Chinese helps understand China’s rich culture, literature, and its long history of over 5000 years.