It’s already December, which means that 2018 is just around the corner! As the New Year approaches I’m sure you’re already thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2018. I know I am. In this blog post, I want to tell you why Chinese is the best language to learn in 2018 and hopefully after you’re finished reading this, you’ll have added another New Year’s resolution to your list.
Okay, let’s get down to business. These are the top 5 reasons why Chinese is the BEST language to learn in 2018.
1. There are more job opportunities than ever for foreigners in China
China is becoming increasingly open towards the West and Western culture and acknowledges the need for skilled foreign professionals in order to achieve its goal of world domination.
Just kidding about the world domination thing but seriously, the amount of expats in China has increased a lot over the years! There are over 550000 foreigners living in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong alone.
In the past, the only job known to foreigners in China was ‘English teacher’ but that’s not the case anymore.
The English language domain is, however, a huge and ever-expanding market in China. With the overwhelming majority of young learners and students studying English as their choice of second language, the need for native English speakers is always increasing. The value of the English training market in China is reported to be over $4.5 billion USD, with growth expected to be around 12% for at least the next few years.
While teaching English may be the most popular job to do in China (among foreigners, anyway), there are lots of opportunities available in other fields too.
China’s tech industry is growing rapidly and due to this, China faces a shortage of IT workers. Many companies are looking to employ IT professionals for jobs in software engineering, computing, development and more. Shenzhen, in the South of China, Beijing’s Zhongguancun area and Shanghai are China’s biggest tech hubs.
If you have an excellent command of the English language and enjoy writing/reporting you can look for jobs within the field of news and journalism. With lots of English language, state-run news companies the demand for professional writers is also on the rise.
There are a plethora of other fascinating jobs available for foreigners in China that include: Sales and marketing, hospitality and hotel management, engineering, translation, and trade. Find out more here.
2. China’s economy is booming and will soon overtake that of the USA
It’s long been said that China’s economy will overtake the USA’s and it looks like it’s going to happen relatively soon. A new study by PriceWaterhouse Coopers indicates that China’s economy will be bigger than the USA’s by 2030 (perhaps well before).
China’s economy has been slowing down is past years but recent forecasts indicate that it may be on the rise once again. China’s economy is expected to grow by 6.4% on average from now until 2021.
In addition to this, IMF attributed the global economic growth and particularly Asia’s growth, to China’s booming economy. “Growth prospects for emerging and developing economies are marked up by 0.1 percentage point for both 2017 and 2018 relative to April, primarily owing to a stronger growth projection for China, ” said the IMF.
3. Speaking Chinese will make you a more attractive applicant
Adding “fluent in Chinese” to your resume is certainly likely to make you stand out from the crowd and possibly help you land a job over other, similarly qualified candidates.
Learning Chinese will expose you to a whole new way of looking at the world. Expanding your mind in this way will help to improve your communication skills on all fronts (even in your native language).
Knowing a language like Chinese is especially helpful if you’re applying to a marketing/sales job at a global company. Understanding the Chinese language will mean a greater understanding of the Chinese people and the Chinese market. Employees with this kind of knowledge are highly sought after by many organizations.
Take a look at the graph below comparing job trends for various major languages.
4. The expat life in China is of a high quality
The big cities in China – Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou are the most popular destinations for expats. Big cities in China are often quite westernized and offer the comfort of safety, efficient transport and easy access to Western-style supermarkets, restaurants, and pubs.
The only downside to living in a big city is the poor air quality, which is especially prominent in Beijing and Shanghai. However, China has been making considerable efforts to reduce air pollution and will continue to do so.
In order to reduce air pollution, China has put a plan in place to reduce the number of coal-burning power plants and instead invest in solar and wind energy. Earlier this year, China announced the closure or cancellation of 103 coal-fired power plants.
Anyway, what do the expats themselves think of life in China? Well, according to these statistics, over 76% of all expats in China indicated they were satisfied by life in China, 14% reported feelings of neutrality and the other 11% said they were less than satisfied.
5. Learning Chinese is now easier than ever
Thanks to the growing power of the internet, and increase in resources/materials over the last few years learning Chinese is now easier than ever. The Chinese language has been demystified and there now exists a plethora of amazing resources for learning the language.
There are just so many courses, textbooks, and free resources (like our free phrase book, for example) available that the average Chinese learner is spoilt for choice. If you’re interested to know about all the wonderful online resources (both free and paid) available for learning Chinese, then grab a copy of our e-book where we outline the best of them!
Thanks for reading everyone!
we wish you much success in your future Chinese learning endeavors.