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What use is there to learning Mandarin?

Posted by mark July 22, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

My own motivation is simply that Mandarin interests me.  There have been some bonuses.  I've made some friends I wouldn't have otherwise, had some conversations I could'nt have otherwise, gotten a hint of a little different perspective of looking at things.  For me these things alone are sufficient.  However, if I turn my thoughts to the practical, what sort of opportunities are there for westerners(non-native speakers) that speak Chinese and want to be gainfully employed in some capacity that requires that skill?  What level of skill is required?

<> John is one example; teach more people Chinese, but to aspire to follow his example <>seems to be a sort of a Ponzi scheme, if every student has that aspiration.  So, my question, what use is there to learning Mandarin?   (如果您想用中文赚钱)

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