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    Open Your Eyes to the World: Learn Chinese!

    China China China

    有朋自远方来,不亦乐乎!

    孔子《论语》

     

    How happy we are, to meet friends from afar!

    -Confucius in Analects


    Why learn Chinese?

    • Chinese is one of the three major languages in the world
    • Over 1.5 billion people in the world speak Chinese
    • 30 million people in over 85 different countries are learning Chinese
    • Over 40 thousand US companies have businesses in China
    • China has 1.3 billion people
    • China is a huge and promising international market
    • China is a country with a rich cultural history dating back 5,000 years
    • China is an ideal place to visit and in which to work
    • Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages (spoken by nearly 25% of the world's population)
    • The Chinese language is a reflection of Chinese art and culture

    Tips for learning Chinese

    • Learn only 40-60 of the most frequently used radicals in the Chinese language which form most of the Chinese characters
    • Learn the pinyin (pronunciation symbols) to strengthen and support your Chinese abilities

    Study abroad in China

    • Study Chinese in China through an intensive 8-week summer course
    • Participate in an exchange program in Guilin (one of the top four scenic locations in China) with the Guangxi Normal University (one semester or a full academic year)

    Chinese Program Resources

    Chinese Minor Checklist