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Why learn Chinese

07.27.07 | admin | In inspiration, Mandarin, Chinese

Why learn Mandarin Chinese?

China’s economy is the seventh largest in the world but that’s only according to the Chinese who may be being modest for several reasons.  City governments report smaller numbers to the national government to get more aid or subsidies and the Chinese currency itself is pegged to the US dollar which artificially lowers its value relative to other major currencies which have made huge gains against the dollar in recent years.  China wants to keep their currency, the yuan, low to keep the price of their goods cheap so Americans can buy them.  So China’s economy may already be less than an order of magnitude, at least half of the United States.  And it is going at or near a double-digit percentage rate annually.

Likewise, the Chinese government may be underreporting the population of its country.  Its figure of 1.3 billion is 200 million mouths less than outside agencies believe, a discrepancy that is two thirds the size of the United States.  Even at this lower figure you will be able to speak the same language as one quarter of the population of the planet.

China is attracting more foreign investment than any other country including the US.  It’s a great place to invest for many reasons.

By 2020 Chinese tourists will rank fourth in the world so you may not even need to travel to China to make use of the languages.  There are already 85 million Chinese who can afford to travel but where should they go?  Detroit, Cancun, Vancouver?

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