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Why are you learning Chinese?

Posted by kencarroll August 14, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Here's a question I haven't asked for a while: Why are you learning Chinese?

What drives people to study a 'difficult' language like Chinese? There's a lot of time and effort that goes into learning the language, yet it's not generally a 'prestige' thing that you could show off (like a Rolex or something). Nor is it a kind of in-club like Harley Davidson - no-one can see you riding around on it.

Even in practical terms, most expatriates in China survive without almost any Chinese at all, so it isn't necessarily a survival thing.

And yet we have thousands of people here learning to their hearts' content.

I'm looking to understnad you guys. So, why? Does it fulfill an intellectual need? Is it a simply challenge? Does it broaden your mind or make you feel more rounded as a person?

Tell me. I'm keen to hear from you.Come one, come all.

 

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