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Why learn Mandarin?

India and China share a long history and our business and cultural ties date back several millennia. China is today India’s largest trading partner. Trade between India and China jumped from US$15 billion in 2005 and exceeded US$60 billion last year, it is now expected to reach US$100 billion by 2015. As the world gets flatter and the Chinese economy ascends, Indian and global companies are looking for those unique individuals who can speak Mandarin and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.

As links between India and China grow, it becomes vital that we understand China, the people, their language and culture as well as fascinating economic ascendance from communist rule to super power status. A nation still dynamically different from other countries, China holds intriguing interests and infinite symbiotic synergies for Indians.

Mandarin is the world’s most spoken Language, practiced by more than 1.3 billion people or one-fifth of the world’s population. It is spoken in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, the Philippines, the United States of America, Australia, and other regions with large Chinese communities.

The study of Mandarin not only dissolves linguistic barriers; it also opens doors into the fascinating people, their culture and history. It exposes the learner to the depths of India-China relations including Confucius, Buddhism and martial arts.

Contrary to popular belief, Mandarin is not a difficult language to learn. Since mastering Mandarin tones are important, Inchin Closer teaches basic Mandarin phonetics through Hindi, which familiarizes the learner with the language, making it much less daunting. Professionals brought in from China who emphasize learning the emperors’ tongue teach the language to Indian students. Further, Mandarin grammar is logical and doesn’t involve the conjugation of verbs etc, which complicate many other languages.

Lastly, many people come to us to learn Mandarin for just the pure thrill of a new challenge, exposing themselves to a new skill or just for fun!

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