"The best gift we can give our children is to let them learn Chinese and prepare them for the future…"
- Jim Rogers
Chinese is the most widely used language, with over 800 million speakers; one in five of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the official language of the People’s Republic of China, which is extensively used throughout the world. The most popular reasons for learning Chinese Mandarin:
Economic growth in China
A knowledge of Chinese gives you great advantages in the increasingly competitive business world.
Rich history and culture
China has 5000 years of history and culture. By learning Mandarin Chinese, you are able to investigate deeper this ancient civilization as well as to build up a different way of looking at the world.
China’s place in the world is becoming increasingly important and China is more accessible than ever; leaning Mandarin Chinese will bring you great potential and opportunities in your future career.
Students are introduced to Mandarin Chinese, also known as Pu Tong Hua, which is understood by all speakers of the language regardless of region.
Prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is not required for our programmes. In addition to teaching the script to ensure competence in reading and writing, our programmes provide a firm grounding in all language skills and will also ensure a high level of cultural competence. All our programmes are taught by highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff, who are native speakers.
Ways to study Chinese at the University of Birmingham
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If you are a school or college teaching courses in Chinese or would just like to find out more about Languages for All, please contact us.
Languages for All
The University of Birmingham
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3324