Chinese is the most. Widely spoken language in the world. Out of the 1.1 billion people speaking Chinese, 873 million speak Mandarin. That’s 14% of the global population.
Chinese symbols and characters require a steady hand. The written words are actually iconographic characters rather than letters. These symbols and characters are created using ‘strokes’ rather like painting. While learning the language, children develop their artistic skills.
Mandarin is perceived as a language of commerce and business, or “the language of the future.” However, the academic and cognitive benefits of learning Chinese characters are astounding. Unlike English-language speakers who only use the left temporal lobe, people who speak Mandarin Chinese use both temporal lobes of their brain to understand the language. The difference is evident because speakers of Chinese use intonation to distinguish between completely different meaning of particular words.
Your child doesn’t have to worry about verbs! There are no verbs, no plurals, no tenses, no subject-verb agreement, and no conjugations. There are over 80,000 Chinese characters but generally only 3,500 are used in conversation. In fact, it could be regarded as a more logical language.
The practice of handwriting, especially of Chinese characters, will aid your child’s development of motor skills, and learning shapes and letters. It also helps them with the visual identification of graphics which will help keep the mind sharp!
Evidence indicates that there is correlation between the learning of Chinese and math skills. Researchers from New Zealand observed that ”Asians children educated in their own languages appear to have gained a greater understanding of mathematical concepts than English speaking children,” because of the natural acquisition process of Mandarin, the your child will be not only learning the language, but reinforcing basic mathematical concepts simultaneously.
China has the biggest population in the world with approximately 1.28 billion people! Therefore, learning the language will give your child access to communicate with many people all over the world and connect on a deeper level. Chinese history and culture is one of the richest and certainly the oldest in the world. China is renowned for producing beautiful novels, short stories, poetry and more recently excellence in film.