I know what you're thinking...it makes so much more sense for me to stick to learning Latin-based languages. Why would I ever consider learning a language as extreme as Mandarin Chinese? And, where would I even start? Hold that thought!
Firstly, Chinese vocabulary just makes sense. Words are constructed from a set of roots, called radicals. With knowledge of these
radicals (there are 214 - which really isn't that many in the grand scheme of things!)
we are able to group characters and grasp their meanings. Radical, right?
Mandarin Chinese grammar is also extremely simple. There are no verb conjugations, nor gender-specific nouns, and tenses are expressed simply using time phrases such as 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow'. So you can throw away those verb and tense tables!
There are 56 ethnic groups in China and each group has its own unique customs, culture, architecture and even language. In fact, there are over 200 languages in use in China - but don't let that put you off, as the majority of the population speak Mandarin Chinese. There is nothing more beautiful than being able to travel and interact with people in a language familiar to them, it can often build a sense of trust and understanding that can be hard to obtain without knowledge of the language.
We all know that employers love their workforce to be able to speak a multitude of languages, but as China's economy became the world's largest in 2014, people with Mandarin Chinese language skills have never been more attractive to prospective employers!
Truth is, we can give you a million reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese, but one still remains - challenge yourself. Mandarin Chinese is a fantastic language and I have no doubt that if you set yourself the target, you will learn to love it!