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In the past few decades, China has become one of the world's biggest economies, and it's growing fast. In an effort to minimize expenses and boost profit return on capital., almost all well known major corporations are turning to china to make it its main, and sometimes only, manufacturer. The result is an amazing growth in China’s economy. Consider the following numbers – by the year 2040 - the Chinese economy will reach $123 trillion (123,000,000,000,000), almost three times the economic output of the entire globe in 2000. China’s per capita income will hit $85,000, double the forecast for the EuropeanUnion market. And it’s not just a leader in manufacturing – it leads in technology and innovation — as well. In additions, it's among America's major creditors, and it's one of the world's biggest exporters and, potentially, the world's biggest market. There's no doubt it will be a major player in the 21st century.
This is why knowing Chinese has become an added value to anyone looking to become a part of the success of the fastest growing economy in the world.
Learning Chinese is simple. While Chinese characters are often thought of as very complex, in fact they are all derived from a couple hundred simple pictographs and ideographs in ways that are usually quite logical and easy to remember. Altogether, there are about 50,000 characters. In 1950s and 60s, China went through the language reform movement and 2000 characters were simplified. These are known as 'simplified characters' as opposed to 'complex characters' (also known as 'traditional form').
Mandarin is the Basic and standard form of Chinese, although there other dialects, such as Wu, Cantonese and Min. About one-fifth of the world’s population, or over one billion people, speak some form of Chinese as their native language. All Chinese languages are written more or less the same, and if you can read one, you could probably read them all. The online resources that are available for you are limitless – online courses, pod casts, instructional DVD’s and tutorials – all you have to do is choose the one that suits your needs, and you are on your way to success. This website will help you find the perfect way for you to learn Chinese. It contains a list of the most popular ways to learn this beautiful language, and everything you need to know before you get started.
Here are some useful expressions in Chinese:
Hello: ni hao
How are You?:Ni Hao Ma
Thank You: Xie Xie
You're welcome: bu ke qi
Excuse Me: Jie Guo.
Goodbye: zai jian
Good morning: zao shang hao
Good evening: wan shang hao
Do you speak English?: Ni shuo ying yu ma?
I don't understand: Wo bu ming bai
No: bu shi
I love you: Wo ai ni
Excuse me: dway boo chee
Where are you from?: knee tzaun nar lee lei
What is your name?: neen gway shing
Good Bye: zi gee'en
No, thanks: boo yong la, sheh sheh
I do not understand: wore ting boo dong
How much?: dor sheow chen