posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 01:51 PM
I am currently leaning towards Mandarin Chinese, even though this would be a difficult language to learn, I believe it has a lot of potential in the
Perspective 1: Economic Reason
This example is almost cliché. If you ask any business professional where future business will stem from, there is a good chance he is going to say
China. It has been long recognized the future business prospects will be Chinese in nature and if you want your piece you better speak Chinese,
specifically Mandarin Chinese.
In Chinese linguistics, Mandarin is a group of related varieties or dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. Since the
early 20th century, a form of standardized Mandarin (described above) has been the official and de facto national standard language in China and it is
today one of the most frequently used varieties of Chinese among Chinese diaspora communities internationally.
And according to Bloomberg
Mandarin, China’s official tongue, is also the top language worldwide for business other than English, according to Bloomberg Rankings.
Mandarin, spoken by 845 million people, scored highest in a ranking of languages, excluding English, based on business usefulness. The ranking scored
languages according to the number of speakers, number of countries where the language is official, along with those nations’ populations, financial
power, educational and literacy rates, and related measures.
If I am primarily concerned with my future business endeavors this is supporting evidence
With a population in the billions, would it not be fair to presume that cultural expansion, which we are already experiencing, will be more prevalent
in the future? Art, music and literature will also become more accessable..
Because of this, and the fact that learning this language technically allows me to converse with 1/6 of the worlds population, I put another check in
the positive column.
Global Domination: ???
Maybe China eventually dominates the world either militaristically or economically and people who can speak the language and English may be highly
This is not really a concern of mine, but fits in well with the ATS crowd.
To conclude this seems like a very practical choice. However the difficulty involved seems extensive and what are the chances i would actually apply
this within my life time...who knows