Working and living abroad so many years, I only saw children overseas were urged to study Chinese; the purpose of learning Chinese is that not to forget their roots. But in recent years I felt clearly more and more foreigners want to learn Chinese. Some foreign friends and colleagues often show off that: “My child is learning Chinese,” “I asked my children to learn Chinese.” Others look for Chinese tutors anywhere. One of the typical examples is that an American family hired a college student as a tutor to teach them Chinese and they live with the tutor. The whole family learn Chinese, their purpose is to let their two kids to experience the atmosphere of learning Chinese.
To sum up, foreigners learn Chinese mainly for their professional development, which make them easy to hunt jobs. This is the common reason of learning Chinese I often hear. Because of the fast economic development of China, no matter what kind of industries you are work in, you will deal with China. The investor Jim Rogers known as the “investment Knight,” and “the magician holding a crystal ball,” visited Beijing a few days ago with his unique official biography “crystal ball” authorized by himself.
Facing with Chinese readers and media, Rogers always stayed with his 5-year-old daughter, Lele, whenever someone asked him to expect the investment in China, Rogers would ask his daughter who could speak fluent Chinese to recite a Tang poem “Qingming”. Rogers said: “The most successful investment I make in China is my daughter and I let her and her newborn sister learn Chinese. This is my preparation for her future, hoping that they can receive success in my foreseeable future.”
Whether you will use Chinese at work or not, if you can speak Chinese, you will be more competitive than those not can speak under the same conditions. Many foreign companies lay off employees in the financial crisis, but some employees keep their jobs because they can speak Chinese.
But for the native English-speakers, there is a reason to learn Chinese: they can teach English in China if they can speak Chinese. China is the world’s largest market for English learning. It is said that China has three hundred million people learn English, which make up approximately a quarter of the total population. There are so many people learning Chinese, the demand for English teachers is of great potential. Some experts predict that the number of people who learn English will exceed the population of native English-speakers after several years. Of course, whether the foreigners who teach English should understand Chinese is an issue to discuss. But for the foreign teachers, if they can speak Chinese, they will easily adapt to Chinese life, and settle down in China for sustainable teaching English.
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