Here at Crossing Borders Preschool we teach and immerse our young students in second languages of their parent’s choosing.  We offer French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English immersion preschool.  We all know that having any experience with a foreign language provides many benefits but learning Mandarin Chinese might just take the cake in terms of the benefits that the language will offer to children as they grow older.  

Difficulty in the Language Leads to Great Gains

Mandarin Chinese is the number one most difficult language in the world for English speakers to learn.  The complexity lies in the four tones that the languages uses to distinguish between words.  That means one spelling can have four different meanings depending solely on the way the word is spoken.  This complexity really tests an individual’s ear and comprehension.  Mandarin is also chock full of idioms that aren’t used in other languages, making the cultural comprehension more of a challenge over more straightforward languages like Spanish.

Growing Population and Increased Globalization

In a previous post we mentioned that an individual who is bilingual in English and Mandarin can most likely expect to make an average of $43,680 annually in the United States.  This is a higher average than bilingual fluency in Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.  The reason for this is that Mandarin is THE most widely used language worldwide with around 1 billion people speaking it.  Between the amount of people who speak Mandarin and the growing economic driving force that China represents, knowing Mandarin will benefit children looking for jobs in the next 15 to 20 years.  Mandarin not only gives those going into business an edge, but. Because China is becoming more of a global player politically, it opens up opportunities in diplomacy as well.  Government jobs will probably increase in the number of individuals they’re looking for who have bilingual capabilities.  

Check out our Mandarin Chinese immersion preschool options at Crossing Borders Preschool.