“A language we don’t teach is a language we kill off.”
– J. Jullian
Whether you live in Los Angeles, NYC, or Washington, you can now learn the Chinese language with a private tutor!
The Chinese culture has so many great things on its roster: martial arts, calligraphy, cooking. Chinese culture has attracted and continues to attract many Americans. Nevertheless, Americans sometimes feel blocked by their rudimentary mastery of the Asian language.
But the language of Lao Tzu is within everyone’s reach: despite its reputation as a difficult language, Chinese is actually much easier than it seems.
All one has to do is choose the academic accompaniment adapted to one’s needs. There are many schools, language institutes, private tutors, and metropolises that abound with language structures to teach the language to students in America.
There are many reasons why Americans should learn Chinese. Learning another language gives the learner the ability to step inside the mind and context of that other culture.
Without the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, true access to that culture is barred. Why is this important? In a world where nations and peoples are ever more dependent upon on another to supply goods and services, solve political disputes, and ensure international security, understanding other cultures is paramount. Lack of intercultural sensitivity can lead to mistrust and misunderstandings, to an inability to cooperate, negotiate, and compromise, and perhaps even to military confrontation.
Intercultural understanding begins with individuals who have language abilities and who can thereby provide one’s own nation or community with an insider’s view into foreign cultures, who can understand foreign news sources, and give insights into other perspectives on international situations and current events. For survival in the global community, every nation needs such individuals. A person competent in other languages can bridge the gap between cultures, contribute to international diplomacy, promote national security and world peace, and successfully engage in international trade.
As globalization and mobility and communications are bring the world ever closer together, ever more urgent is the need for global citizens to be competent in other languages. The United States is the only industrialized country that routinely graduates students from high school who lack knowledge of a foreign language. Whereas 52.7% of Europeans are fluent in both their native tongue and at least one other language, only 9.3% of Americans are fluent in both their native tongue and another language. This statistic does not bode well for the future of America in a global society. The upward trend in language learning must accelerate if the U.S. is to continue to be a major participant on the international stage.
If you are inhabitant of one of America’s metropolises, have a look at what is available in your city for you to learn the language!