Bad Reasons Not to Learn Chinese


Before you join Chinese classes, you must be clear in your mind why do you want to learn the language in the first place. Is it just a new hobby that you want to pick up? Is it to improve your prospects at work? Or is it because you want to learn a new language and you happened to just pick Chinese?

Understanding why you want to learn Chinese is extremely important. In fact, it won’t be an exaggeration to say it is the most important thing. Why? Because you see, Chinese is a hard language to learn. It requires a lot of consistent hard work, discipline, and perseverance. And you can’t have these qualities unless you have good reasons to join Mandarin classes in Singapore.

So what are not good reasons to learn Chinese? Well, listed in this post are some bad reasons for learning Chinese. Read them and if you find your reason listed here, you should probably think about your decision to learn Mandarin again. As said above the road to fluency in Mandarin is a long and hard one and has its own share of bumps. You are more likely to jump on the bandwagon if your reasons to learn Mandarin were, let’s say, not so appropriate.

Bad reasons not to learn Chinese

You want to participate in the Chinese economic juggernaut

Yes, we have heard it before that next two or three decades belong to China. And we don’t refute it. It’s probably right. However, if this is your reason behind learning Chinese, you would do well to look at these facts:

  1. Experts rank Mandarin in the top 5 most difficult languages to learn
  2. It is believed that 2,200 class hours are required at the minimum to become fluent in Mandarin
  3. If you attend classes for 10 hours per week, you won’t become fluent until next four and a half years

And this is not all…

Many believe one can’t simply learn Chinese by attending classes. A lot of hard work needs to be put over and above classroom training to gain fluency in Mandarin. Moreover, where you attend classes also make a huge difference. It’s not the same thing to do language classes in Mainland China or Singapore and in America or Europe.

Ask yourself wouldn’t you be much better off acquiring some other skill to boost your career prospects?

Can you mimic well

How good are you at mimicking? Can you mimic with acute precision the voices as well as accents of your co-workers and friends? In case your voice control is not so robust as to allow you to accurately mimic foreign sounds, you are more likely to sound like a foreigner while speaking Chinese.

What’s the hardest thing you have ever done which you didn’t want to do

Run a 21-km marathon? Reconstruct an auto engine? Does potty train your dog? Well, compared to these things, learning Chinese might appear no less hard than climbing the Mt. Everest. That’s why it is necessary that start to learn Chinese in Singapore only after you’ve truly figured out your reasons. If you want to learn just enough Chinese to get through your stay here, you don’t need to learn more than a few simple phrases.

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