Mandarin still has a long way to go in terms of achieving international language status, but it is fast becoming one of the most popular foreign languages not only among China’s Asian neighbors, but also among westerners. Indeed, if you ever hope to be successful in your Chinese dating goals, you will have to put in the time and effort to learn one of the most difficult languages in the world. You do not have to be fluent in Mandarin, but you do have to have enough Mandarin language skills to communicate at the most basic level, and enough for your Chinese date to be pleased that you’re making an effort.
Considering the fact that countless foreign men are seeking their dream Chinese wife, being adept at communicating in Mandarin will definitely give you an edge in the Chinese dating scene. Even if you’ll only be travelling to China to visit your girlfriend and meet her family, knowing their language will be a huge help when you finally take that big leap toward marriage.
If you’ll be taking your Chinese wife back with you to your home country, speaking Mandarin will still make your marriage easier to manage, as well as make her feel less homesick. If your plans involve relocating to China, learning Mandarin is a necessity, even if your work will take you to Beijing, Shanghai, or other first-tier Chinese cities where English is widely spoken.
Being the world’s second largest economy, making a life in China, particularly in its most urbanized regions and with long-term plans in mind, can be a challenge financially. In order to succeed, you will have to have a stable and well-paying job. In order to do this in the face of tough competition, you will be far better off if you can speak the local tongue.
According to statistics, the largest group of foreigners from the west that is enthusiastic about learning Mandarin studies the language for work-related purposes. This group is closely followed by American-born and British-born Chinese (ABCs and BBCs) whose Chinese parents make them learn their native language. At the same time, many western parents who see China’s economic potential also make their young children learn Mandarin to give them a competitive edge so that they can take advantage of business and job opportunities in the Middle Kingdom when they are grown up.
Indeed, international interest in China has grown substantially enough that numerous schools in first-world and even developing nations have begun offering Chinese language classes to students, alongside French, German, and Spanish. Time magazine reported that there are now more than 2,500 colleges and universities in 100 countries and regions offering Chinese language classes.
There are plenty of books available that can help get you started on your Chinese language studies; there are also plenty of resources available online. Translation tools can do the work during the initial stages of Chinese dating, but sooner or later, you will have to meet your special Chinese lady and spend time with her; having a human translator with you may be acceptable in the beginning, but this will defeat the purpose of getting to know each other better.
It would be wise to start learning the language while you’re still online dating and before going to China. Many reputable online Chinese dating sites offer members excellent opportunities to hone their skills through valuable online communication tools; these sites also guarantee that the female Chinese members are trustworthy. Constant practice, after all, is still the best way to learn a new language.
Learning Chinese is a worthy investment in your relationship and your future, especially if you will be working and/or living for good in China. Knowing the language will not only make your Chinese dating experiences richer and easier, it will also enhance your immersion into Chinese life and culture.
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