The motive of learning Mandarin or Chinese has changed from purely being interested in Chinese culture to be deeply attracted by the huge economic opportunities come along with the rapid growth of China. In many countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan and Korea, a lot of elementary and high schools have opened Chinese (Mandarin) related curriculums to cultivate young students’ second language as early as possible.
It’s an obvious trend that Mandarin or Chinese will be one of the major international languages which not only used in daily communication but also applied to official and academic fields. “By 2050, Chinese will continue its predominance, with Hindi-Urdu of India and Arabic climbing past English, and Spanish nearly equal to it.”, said by David Graddol, a British linguist.
However, Mandarin or Chinese is to be generally acknowledged as the most difficult language to learn. Especially when you have graduated from school and your faculty of memory is no longer excellent like before. :( What can you do? An experienced, responsible and creative tutor who can customize the training for you is definitely the best choice. But if there is no one qualified around you, please don’t be dejected, here are some tips for learning by yourself. Let me share them in another new topic. :)