It might come as a surprise to you but increasingly, more and more people around the world are learning Chinese. This goes to show China’s influence on the rest of the world.
In terms of economy, China is one of the fastest growing economy despite slowing down from double digit growth to single digit growth.
Chinese is not an easy language to learn, because the same sounding word could have different meaning depending on the tone and there are 5 tones (including the neutral tone).
Any person who has dealing with the Chinese should have at least a basic knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. It will be better if you get to visit the country in person, rather than through medias as the views and perceptions may be tainted.
For those who learning Chinese and seeking to increase their Chinese vocabulary, please checkout HSK Storybook. You can download the free sample books and audio files from there.