Some people say why bother to learn Mandarin when you can speak fluent English, moreover, English is the primary and global language worldwide. Why do we bother to invest energy and time to learn Mandarin?
First, we have to know the benefits of learning Mandarin so that our energy and time in learning Mandarin are worthwhile. We list down FOUR main benefits of mastering Mandarin:
1. International businesses – Most companies prefer to hire people who can speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context. China play a major role in world affairs. As China now has opened up to the West, there are opportunities for employment in all areas.
2. Competitive edge – Knowing Mandarin may give you an edge when competing for an important position. Do you know that employer will usually choose the candidates who can speak Mandarin? Yes it is true, even some companies are willing to pay up additional RM1,000 salary to employees who can speak Mandarin.
3. Most widely spoken first language in the world– Do you know that one fifth of the planet speaks Chinese? In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
4. Stronger bonding among Malaysians – This is the main reason we started teaching Mandarin. As we know Malaysia main languages are Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. If Chinese can speak English, Malay and Mandarin, why not non-chinese can speak Mandarin as well? Therefore, let us Belajar Bahasa Cina together and create stronger bonding among Malaysians!
So, what is your main purpose of learning Mandarin? It must be very clear and strong reason so that you won’t give up in learning Mandarin.