Is it easy to learn a new language? Are you baby If so, you have nothing to worry about. If not, good luck.
With Chinese, things are a little more complicated. Infants under 7 months of age can distinguish all possible nuances in the sounds and tones of human dialects, starting with the difference between the German “b” and “v”, and ending with the Chinese “mā”, “má”, “m« ”and“ mà ” .
If babies grow beyond the boundaries of a particular language group, they lose the ability to recognize its unique tones. However, children can become native speakers of most languages, if up to 12 years they often hear speech in a specific dialect. But if you are already an adult, you will have to devote more time to this. And spend a lot more effort. Preliminary estimates are as follows: adults will need to spend 3-4 years in China in order to achieve a free level of language proficiency.
Chinese is the most widely spoken human language, spoken by up to 1/5 of the world's population. And although most of these carriers live in the East, knowledge of this dialect can become your pass to the Chinese quarters of cities around the world.
Let's say you start investing your time in learning Chinese. This skill is often called a significant factor in career development , but is it? Yes, you will have a skill unique to the western world. But at the same time, it can be a drawback. American and European companies usually do not indicate fluency in Chinese in the list of requirements for applicants simply because such a person is difficult to find. Communicating is much easier in English, because most Chinese professionals speak it well. In fact, to get the most out of your Chinese, you first need to be in the labor market of this Asian country.
It is predicted that by 2020 in Europe there will be a deficit of 900 thousand IT-specialists. And in the United States in the next decade, the lack of professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will reach 1 million people. In the UK and Finland, coding studies have already been made compulsory in all elementary schools, and other countries will soon join this initiative.
What could be more “spiritual” than knowing a language that is not suitable for communicating with 95% of compatriots, like knowing Chinese for a Westerner? Well, really!
To solve this problem, you need to think deeper than during normal communication, and therefore there is a training of logic, creativity, ability to solve problems, accuracy and planning skills. To summarize, using the words of Steve Jobs: "Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it will show you how to think."
Imagine a scene. You fly to China for the weekend and stand in line for boarding. In front of you is a fair-haired couple with a small child in summer clothes. Stewards speak Chinese to each other. Suddenly the child answers them! In Chinese!!! Stewards, like most people in line, are shocked. The family and the staff of the plane begin to laugh, chat vividly about something, well, it’s clear that you don’t understand what. Will it hurt you? You will be VERY disappointed.
Fun: Chinese +2 points
A look into the future
What about Python, Ruby, or C?
Anyone who knows Dutch can easily learn German. A native Portuguese speaker can read Spanish. And programming languages make up their own language group. If you are familiar with the basic rules of grammar and concepts that are repeated in each code, for example, with loops or conditions, you can apply them in any programming language.
- Chinese 4.5 points;
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The author of the translation is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult .