If you’ve hesitated to learn Chinese because you’ve heard it’s difficult, take heart. With the right approach, learning Chinese doesn’t have to be overwhelming. And there are lots of reasons why learning to speak Chinese, specifically Mandarin Chinese, is worth the commitment. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, with roughly 1.2 billion native speakers. Although some people in China and across Asia speak Cantonese, the majority of Chinese speakers (about one billion) speak Mandarin. China has the second largest economy in the world, and Mandarin Chinese is the official language not only of China but also Singapore.
If you want to learn Chinese, it’s essential to choose a language program that scales gradually towards understanding and builds confidence in speaking Chinese. Online programs and apps that promise you can learn Chinese in a few minutes a day sound enticing, but it’s hard to develop confidence in the language unless you get beyond vocabulary acquisition and focus on all the aspects of language learning like Chinese grammar and writing.