Why Learn Mandarin?

Your Child’s Future!

Mandarin has emerged as the new must-have language. Parents worldwide are realising that fluency in Mandarin gives their children an advantage. Professor David Crystal, one of the world’s foremost language experts, advises ‘People who used to be able to make their way in the world as monolingual English speakers are now finding that they’ve got to compete with people who are genuinely multilingual’. In just five years, the number of people learning Mandarin worldwide has soared to 30 million.

China – a rising world economic power

By 2027, China is projected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. Already China is this region’s largest import and export trade partner. Dr. Jane Orton from The University of Melbourne states in her report on Chinese Language Education in Schools that China is to New Zealand and Australia:

  • A regional neighbour
  • Its largest trading partner
  • A rising world economic power
  • A major source of immigrant workforce
  • A major source of international students
  • A major source of tourists to Australia
  • A major destination for Australian tourists
  • The source of its biggest immigrant settlers
  • A country with a long and prestigious culture
  • Home to 1 in 5 human beings on the Earth

Mandarin in New Zealand and Australia

‘Students want to sign up for it; parents are asking for it; communities are asking for it.’ That’s what Brett Lovejoy of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages reports. Here in Australia, there is growing demand from parents and the business community to encourage more children to learn Mandarin.

Many articles and experts recommend that every child under the age of 15 years should learn Chinese, as speaking the language is key to understanding the complex cultural and political nuances of doing business in and with China.

If you would like to read more articles and research on when and how to teach your child Mandarin, please take a look at some of the independent articles posted on our blog and website here.

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Why teach Mandarin to my child now?

By exposing your child to Mandarin lessons at an early age, you can lay the foundations for fluency in Mandarin as they grow and develop. Kids have an incredible ability to learn languages at a young age. The ability to effortlessly absorb a new language begins to decline by age six, according to Robert DeKeyser, a professor of second-language acquisition at the University of Maryland.

Dr Robyn Moloney, a senior lecturer at Macquarie University, notes that research shows ”second-language learning increased cognitive power, divergent thinking and creativity, enhanced literacy ability in the first language and communicative abilities”. Dr Moloney says children have the ability to understand and use a second, third or fourth language without inhibition, without confusion and, ”with a beautiful accent”.

The innovative Mandarin Stars program inspires a positive attitude towards a new linguistic community that is ultimately central to the future success of your child’s bilingual skills.

 

“Once we come out of this economic downturn Australia will look to Asia as a core driver of our own recovery… Understanding Asia, knowing the languages, cultures and traditions and teaching our children about our near neighbours is essential for future prosperity.” – Heather Ridout, Head of the Australian Industry Group

 

‘In January, the accounting body CPA Australia argued that Asian languages should be compulsory because many school students would go on to work in Asia. “If they are going to have global opportunities, then they need a few things in their kitbag and one of those is a capacity to speak another language in the Asian sector where most of them will be doing business,” said CPA chief executive Alex Malley. “It does come down to respect of cultures and respect of communication abilities.”‘ – Taken from Foreign Languages not optional, by Bernard Lane – The Australian.

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