When I first started learning Mandarin it was only as a hobby. But after I started getting good at it I started to think of the practical uses being proficient in this language would bring.
China is quickly becoming a power house on the world scene. It’s economy continues to grow even with the world experiencing economic crisis, China’s economy continues to grow (all be it at a slower rate than before).
Further when you look at the minorities in various countries around the world, which minority has the largest amount of people ? Is it not the Chinese ? At least that’s what I have noticed.
Moreover, have you not noticed that more and more schools are offering Mandarin courses and even some middle schools have made Mandarin mandatory ? What does that say about the government’s view to this language ? What that tells me is they are realizing the value and importance of this language.
As a result I am very happy I started learning Mandarin when I did. I somewhat feel like I am a little ahead of the pack now and I am confident I will be able to use this skill in the future working as a translator/interpreter or even a Mandarin teacher.