Based on research, Mandarin Chinese is not only the most spoken language in the world, but it has been voted as ‘the most useful business language after English’ by various of sources, including the “Financial Times”… (references see below E-links).
David Cameron at the time when he was the Prime Minister, urged that all schools should provide Chinese language teaching. “I want Britain linked up to the world’s fast growing economies - and that includes our young people learning the languages to seal tomorrow’s business deals.”
“Chinese language is too hard to learn!”… No, not for young children. Children's brain works differently there is no reasoning or deliberation to memorise what they hear. Their brain has the capacity to absorb information like a sponge to water… and Learning Mandarin Chinese is no different to learning any other language like French or Spanish.
Language acquisition depends upon the length and frequency that the child attends our nursery. The child’s disposition and his/her own personality, as well as the age and stage of development that the child is at are also important. There are three competences to gain when learning a language - Listening, Understanding and Speaking. Listening and understanding will come before speaking.
Useful Links to Read:
- http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/05/david-cameron-ditch-french-learn-mandarin-china http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/boris-johnson-schoolchildren-must-learn-to-speak-mandarin-8883929.html