Why Learn Chinese?

Chinese Dragon Dancers Chinese Dragon Dancers
The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
 The Great Wall of China  The Great Wall of China
 Red Lanterns  Red Lanterns
 Chinese New Year Decorations  Chinese New Year Decorations
 Chinese Great Panda  Chinese Great Panda
Shanghai Cityscape Shanghai Cityscape
 Tianjin Library Interior  Tianjin Library Interior
 Xian Terra Cotta Warriors  Xian Terra Cotta Warriors
 Yunnan With Mountains in the Background  Yunnan With Mountains in the Background
  • Increase employment opportunities: Many companies, large and small, are increasing their presence in China. China is a most important trading partner with the U.S.
  • Converse in the most popular language: There are more people speaking Chinese than any other language. One in every five people speaks Chinese in the world. Chinese is spoken not only in China but also in Southeast Asia and many other regions.
  • Be part of the most rapid economic growth: China is the fastest growing economy in the world. Chinese economy is second only to that of the U.S. An example of the importance of this economy is that China has the world’s largest auto market.
  • Understand and appreciate a different culture: Chinese culture is very different from western cultures. It is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Learn the subtleties and intricate interpersonal relationships. Learn the do’s and don’ts in Chinese customs.
  • Explore a fascinating history: China has one of the longest recorded histories. Learn the evolution of the Chinese civilization. Climb the Great Wall, see the Forbidden City and Terracotta warriors. You will learn what they mean to China.
  • Discover the beauty of the land: China boasts one of the most varied landscapes in the world. Enjoy the serenity of Li River, or immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of famous Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
  • Find the artist in yourself: Chinese calligraphy is a time-honored art form. See yourself through your handwriting.
  • Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine: Chinese cuisine is an art form and culture. Knowing Chinese helps you to enjoy fascinating and authentic Chinese food, and get what you really want. Do you want Phoenix’s Feet or Lion’s Head?
  • Enrich your mind with different ways of thinking: Chinese differs from English both in grammar and written form. Learning Chinese opens your mind to other perspectives and enables you to become aware of cultural differences.
  • Mingle with hundreds of native speakers on campus, and a fast growing population in U.S: There are ahundreds of native Chinese speakers on Miami campus. They will be very happy talking with you in Chinese. Chinese population is also a fastest growing segment in the U.S.