Why Learn Chinese
China is a booming economy and has reached a near developed stage. With that China is showing more and more presence on almost every facet, whether geopolitical, world trade or cultural and educational platform. China is our biggest trade partner after US with bilateral trade is expected to cross 100B$ at the end of 2015.
In other words, implications are huge and hence opportunities once we are equipped with Chinese linguistic and cultural know how. Chinese is the most difficult language to learn and get mastery on. However having said that, it doesn’t mean one should not try as the very idea of learning something as different as Chinese gives joyous feeling and will boost your confidence.
- Chinese written script consists of Logographic and Ideographic, that means it is not composed of alphabets rather every word has its own distinctive symbol (don’t be worried there are some useful tricks to understand the concept).
- Chinese is not an inflected language, in other words, verbs don’t change with regard to tense and gender hence no conjugational ‘jugglery’.
- Learning Chinese is akin to encoding and decoding encryption which itself is a highly valued skill.
- Chinese is a tonal language (if you have musical ear then you are lucky) that means, the sound (phoneme) varies with pitch (high, middle and low pitch much like in music).
- Chinese by and large employs SVO (subject-verb-object) pattern similar to English. Speaking Chinese is categorized mainly into two: Mandarin (Beijing dialect) and Cantonese (Guangzhou dialect). Mandarin is the standard dialect that learners all over the globe learn
Fun with Chinese Characters (script)
The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Test) is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI)
The levels of the HSK correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)
HSK (Level VI)
|HSK (Level I)||150||A1|
|HSK (Level II)||300||A2|
|HSK (Level III)||600||B1|
|HSK (Level IV)||1200||B2|
|HSK (Level V)||2500||C1|
|HSK (Level VI)||Over 5000||C2|