为什么学习中国语文 (Why Study Chinese)?

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What you already know

If you’re reading this page, you’re ambitious and probably thinking about studying Chinese.

You might already know that China is one of the world’s oldest and continuous cultures—over 5000 years old. You also probably know that China is the most populous nation in the world, with 1.28 billion people, and that one fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. You know that China is one of the largest economies in the world—the second largest, in fact—and that many U.S. companies do business in China.

All of these reasons make Chinese an excellent language to learn. However, studying Chinese is about more than just becoming a more competitive job candidate—although strong language proficiency may give you an edge when applying for positions. Studying the Chinese language opens the door to many important fields, including international affairs, economics, journalism, and even archeology. Some SLLC students recognize the value of developing strong linguistic and cultural skills, so they purse a Chinese minor or double major in conjunction with their other area of study.

When you study a language, you study a culture. As a Chinese-language student at SLLC, you’ll develop speaking, reading, and writing skills, but you’ll also learn about life in contemporary China through popular television dramas and will have the opportunity to gain deep cultural knowledge of China by studying contemporary film as well as modern and traditional Chinese literature—both in Chinese and in translation. A nuanced cultural knowledge of Chinese will help you become a better speaker of Chinese.

Surprising facts about Chinese

Chinese has a reputation for being difficult to learn. It’s true that you’ll spend a lot of your time memorizing Characters. However, Chinese has a relatively simple grammar. For example, Chinese has no verb conjugation, so you don’t have to remember verb tenses.  In fact, the basic word order of Chinese is the same as English: Subject—verb—object.

Remember

According to Entrepreneur, Chinese is one of the six top languages that global-minded CEOs should know. For students who are ambitious about their academic and professional careers, Chinese is a good choice.

Want to learn more?

Browse the links on the left to learn more about undergraduate programs in Chinese, and check out this Chinese Language Infograph from the Oxford Dictionaries:

Oxford Dictionaries Chinese Language Facts

Date of Publication: 
Friday, April 10, 2015