The Chinese language, or rather the Chinese languages as traditionally there are seven different dialects including Mandarin and Cantonese, are the most spoken languages in the world. Mandarin Chinese is gaining more and more of an important role in international exchanges.
Teaching children Chinese better prepares them for globalisation and helps them to appreciate and understand an ancient culture that cannot be boiled down to merchandise ‘made in China’. Learning Chinese, an ideogram language, is also an excellent memorisation exercise and allows children to discover a different system of logical reasoning. Learning Chinese allows one to increase one’s intellectual faculties by stimulating a part of the brain not used in learning alphabet languages.
In addition to this, learning Chinese calligraphy is an excellent exercise in memorisation and improves a child’s deductive reasoning. In Mandarin Chinese, pronunciation of each syllable is subject to a determined tone. Changing this tone drastically changes the meaning of the word. Therefore we can really discuss the musicality of language. Up until a certain age, children have the innate ability to easily distinguish tone. This ability, this ‘ear’, is lost little by little as we become adults. Given this, learning Chinese from a young age is an unquestionable asset.