Chinese Mandarin - Why is it so important nowadays?

Learning Chinese Mandarin offers many benefits to personal and professional growth. You will also understand of one of the richest cultures in the world. Here are top 3 main reasons to learn Mandarin.

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1. Chinese Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world

Do you know that one fifth of the planet speaks Chinese? Chinese Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking Chinese, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin, according to therefore 14% of the global population speaking Chinese.

In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia 

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2. Chinese Mandarin offers you competitive edge

Knowing Chinese 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. 

Other than China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Phillipines and Mongolia. If you can speak Mandarin, you will have the confidence to speak with the locals in Chinese Mandarin and it would be beneficial for your work and business. Travelling around the world is always more enriching when you make friends with local people.

3. Chinese Mandarin is important for International businesses

 As 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. 

Mandarin is also an open door to a huge job market in all of the countries where Mandarin is the language of commerce like Mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Learning Mandarin today can help make a better future for you. Abundant opportunities for government and business careers as well as scientific and cultural exchanges await the student of Chinese. 

China market is blossoming after decades of global isolation. As China is rapidly becoming a world economic power as it opens its doors to foreign investment expands its infrastructure, those who know Chinese will be valuable to business. In the past, foreigners learn Chinese because they are interested in Chinese language and culture. Today however, one can speak and use Chinese means he has more chances of getting a higher paying job. 

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4. Chinese Mandarin is easier than you think

There are no verbs, no plurals, no tenses, no subject-verb agreement, and no conjugations in Mandarin.  Yes, there are over 100,000 chinese characters but generally only 3,500 are used in converation. In fact, Chinese Mandarin is regarded as a more logical language than English.

5. Chinese Mandarin takes intensive brain power

Did you know that learning Mandarin utilizes areas of the brain that other languages do not? Studies have been done on this, which means learning Chinese takes intensive brain power.

English speakers use the left temporal lobe. Mandarin speakers use both! In addition to using both sides of your temporal lobe, bilingual people are said to be better at prioritizing and multitasking than monolingual people.

If you want to increase your brain power and keep your brain on the ball, it’s time to learn Mandarin at Belajar Bahasa Cina BBC

6. Chinese Mandarin Help Personal Growth

The Chinese language may seem daunting. The non-lettered alphabet and the different tones, but we promise you it’s not as daunting as it seems. We will spend the needed time with you as students to make sure you understand the language, the practice and why this language will benefit your future before moving ahead in the course.

The Chinese culture is amongst the most eye-opening and intricately woven cultures in the world. We have a number of customs, traditions and language characters to learn. When you learn Mandarin, not only do you learn the language, but you learn the Chinese way of life too. It may be surprising to you how different life can be. These experiences and language skills will deepen your personal growth.

7. Stronger bonding among Malaysian

This is the reason we started BBC Belajar Bahasa Cina. We hope every Malaysian can speak Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. So, what is your main purpose of learning Mandarin? It must be very clear and strong reason so that you won’t easily give up learning Mandarin. 

You may ask yourself: Is Mandarin language easy or difficult?

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Let us compare among Mandarin language with other languages. How to say “thank you” in :

English : thank you
Malay : terima kasih
Mandarin : Xièxiè
Korean : gamsahabnida
Japanese: Arigatōgozaimashita

What do you think? Which one is the easiest to pronounce & remember?
It is  “Xie xie”

Still think Mandarin is the hardest language to learn?

Let us analyse based on the following categories:

Speaking (Pronunciation) : Moderate

Difficult for English speakers but easy for Malay speakers (because pronunciation very similar to Malay)

Words & Grammar: Easy

Mandarin words are relatively shorter than other languages, no tenses, no grammatical cases, no gender, no tenses, neat use of numbers, logical number system, etc.

Sentences : Easy

Mandarin sentences are also relatively shorter and there’s only 1 formula to construct sentence, that is STPA formula.

Writing: Difficult

Chinese characters is the most difficult language to read and write

Verdict: If you can speak Malay, it is easy for you to speak Mandarin.

Why Mandarin language is difficult

1. Learn Chinese Characters

Pinyin (eg: xué zhōng wén) is how Chinese words are pronounced, whereas Chinese characters (eg: 学中文) are how they are seen in textbooks, newspapers, books, etc. Pinyin is an essential tool for you to type characters by using qwerty keyboard on your laptop, tablet and phone. It is true that Chinese characters are the most difficult characters in the world. Even the simplest word in English “I / me” is written as 我 wǒ (which has 7 strokes)

2. Learn Mandarin tones ( 4 + 1 Tones )

Tones is important because different tones = different meanings. For example, 妈麻马骂
妈 (mā) first tone, meaning “mom”

麻 (má) second tone, meaning “numb”
马 (mǎ) third tone, meaning “horse”
骂 (mà) fourth tone, meaning “to curse/scold”

3. Same pinyin, but could be different characters or meanings

When you learn more Mandarin words, you will notice the words sound the same, but they have totally different meaning.
For example, 书 shū = Book ,  输 shū = Lose. Both have exactly same pronunciation, but they are different characters and different meanings.

Why Mandarin language is easy

1. No grammatical cases

Mandarin words don’t change according to function.  Whatever function a word has in a sentence, it generally looks the same. But in English, we have to differentiate “We / us, They/them, I/ me”In English, “he goes to class”; “he go school” is wrong. Chinese Mandarin does not need to differentiate  am /is /are /was /were or has /have /had, etc.

2. Flexible parts of speech

For non-natives, a difficult part of learning English is to figure out how to make a noun out of a verb or an adjective out of a verb. For example, we say “ice” (noun), “icy” (adjective) and “to ice (over)/freeze” (verb). In Chinese, there is only one single verb 冰 (bīng). This means that speaking and writing becomes much easier since you don’t need to remember so many different forms.

In Chinese, it’s not obvious what’s an adjective and what’s a verb, they merge and float into each other, which generally means it’s easier to understand and easier to guess how to use. 

3. No gender

When you learn French, you need to remember if each noun is meant to be “le” or “la”; when learning German, you have “der”, “die” and “das”. Chinese has no (grammatical) gender. In Chinese, you don’t need to bother about gender, because there is no such thing as grammatical gender.  

4. No tenses

Mandarin doesn’t distinguish between yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is no need to differentiate “am, is, are, was, were” 

5. Neat use of numbers

Some languages have really difficult ways of counting. In French, 99 is said as “4 20 19”, in Danish 70 is “half fourth”, but 90 is “half fifth”. Chinese is really simple. 11 is “10 1”, 250 is “2 100 5 10” and 9490 is “9 1000 400 9 10”. Monday is “week one”, Tuesday is “week two”, and so on. Same for the months! Number 1 is yī, 10 is shí, 11 is shí yī “ten, one”, 99 is jiǔ shí jiǔ “nine ten nine = sembilan puluh sembilan. 

6. Sentence structure

There are only a few patterns you need to learn, and once you’ve done that, you can just fill in the words you’ve learnt and people will be able to understand. Even if you mix things up, people will usually still understand.

7. Logical number system

Some languages have really difficult ways of counting. In French, 99 is said as “4 20 19”, in Danish 70 is “half fourth”, but 90 is “half fifth”. Chinese is really simple. 11 is “10 1”, 250 is “2 100 5 10” and 9490 is “9 1000 400 9 10”.

8. Logic character and word creation

Words, i.e. characters put together, contain a lot more meaning than characters. They are created in a way which is often obvious or at least understandable for a student

电 diàn = ELECTRIC

电脑 diàn nǎo literally direct translate is “electric brain”. It actually means COMPUTER.

电话 diàn huà literally direct translate is “electric talk”. It actually means TELEPHONE

电池 diàn chí literally direct translate is “electric reservoir”. It actually means BATTERY

电影 diàn yǐng literally direct translate is “electric shadow”. It actually means MOVIE

Take a guess. What is 电视机 diàn shì jī ?

Tips: 视 shì = view ; 机 jī = machine

Your answer : _____________ 

Conclusion - Mandarin language is easy for Malaysians!

Mandarin language is not as difficult as what you think. When you start learning Mandarin, you will notice that Mandarin is actually very similar to Malay in terms of pronunciation and sentence structure. Most people say Malay is easier than English, which means Mandarin is easier to learn than English.

If you want to learn something, you want to become friends with it, you don’t want to regard it as an unbeatable enemy! We won’t deny that Mandarin has unique challenges that are difficult to overcome, but try to look at Mandarin as being easy and exciting, rather than difficult or impossible. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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