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Why Learn Chinese?

China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old, and one the most populous nation in the world, with 1.28 billion people.

One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese.  Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.

In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia

Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments there.

Lucy Liu, Jason Wu, Jeremy Lin and Ang Lee speak Chinese.

Chinese Travel Destinations and Sister Schools

Taiwan: Deguang High School

Beijing, China: Beijing #4 High School

"...Maybe the fact that I had always liked Chinese cuisine led me to take the spontaneous decision to choose Mandarin as what I would learn and explore the next four years of high school. As it turns out, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made." - Valeria Martinez '13

"Because of an interest in the Chinese language and culture, I signed up to take Chinese courses although my parents initially wanted me to study Spanish. After witnessing how much I loved the program, my parents were very supportive and even helped me participate in Payton's study abroad trip to Taiwan." - Rebecca Ituralde '13