At Chinese with Meggie Language School, we believe there are many compelling reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese.
For the young students who participate in our unique immersion program, one important reason for studying Chinese is that learning foreign languages comes more easily to young children than to adults. This is a result of the unique plasticity of children’s developing brains.
Learning a foreign language, particularly beginning at an early age, has also been shown to have a positive impact on cognitive development. Students benefit not only from the practical aspects of being able to understand and speak another language. The cognitive development that comes with learning another language also impacts critical thinking skills, creativity, and other pursuits not directly related to language acquisition and proficiency.
Another obvious benefit to studying Chinese—which applies equally to our young students and adult professionals—is the importance of China in our thoroughly globalized world. There are more than one billion native speakers of Chinese on Earth. This is roughly comparable to the number of people who speak English as a first or second language. Bilingual proficiency in Chinese and English enables a person to communicate with more than half of the world’s population.
Finally, we believe that exposure to the Chinese language inevitably equips students with an appreciation of Chinese culture, its traditions, and its values. The benefits of such exposure are particularly valuable to our young students, who learn to be tolerant, respectful, and inclusive. Such preparation is vital in a world where educational, professional, and social opportunities are increasingly intercultural.