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Why Study Chinese?

  • With 1.28 billion people, China is the most populous nation in the world.

  • Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 885 million speakers, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.

  • In addition to the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also widely spoken in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, The Philippines, and Mongolia.

  • Over 5000 years old, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations.

  • China has the second largest economy in the world.

  • China is one of America's largest trading partners.

  • Many U.S. companies do business in China, including Motorola, Coca Cola, and Ford.

  • The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing.