Posted in Lessons by The Books Production Team on August 29, 2008


typewriter4         Did you watch the Beijing Olympics this summer?  I did. And in case you weren’t paying enough attention, let me just say that – Holy Shit – there are a lot of Chinese people, and they are getting rich faster than Usain Bolt sprints or Michael Phelps swims.  Which brings me to Lesson #2: Start taking Chinese now.

         Listen to me; it is an inevitable fact that China is going to replace the United States as the world’s economic superpower in your lifetime.  Sure, we’ll probably still be here as a country, but they’re going to be the ones who control the world’s purse strings.  When that day comes, how will you fit into the world economy?  That’s a question I can’t positively answer, but I’d bet you all the money in my checking account  (which may not be a whole lot of money – but there’s at least enough in there to buy a year’s supply of Ramen noodles) that those of you who speak Chinese will have job security for life.

         Already in certain districts in Texas, high school teachers who speak Spanish make $15,000 a year more in starting salary than those who speak only English.  Picture the same scenario, and multiply it by a factor of 1.3 billion.  Are you starting to see what I’m talking about?  If you are, that’s good.  Now take this advice: Your degree program includes a certain number of electives that you must fill in order to graduate with a degree in Biology or Architecture or English; use those electives on Chinese.  I realize it won’t be as fun as Bowling or Badminton (By the way – how good is China at those weird racquet sports?  Almost as good as they are at diving), but I’ll tell you something that’s more fun than bowling.  Being rich.

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  1. Lisa in China said, on November 13, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Good advice, Dr. Wizard. The newly built factory that is now polluting my view of the gorgeous mountains outside my window can attest to the fact that China’s economy is booming. What’s more is that the country as a whole has a single-minded determination to become more powerful. Even my job here in China (teaching English) is all in an effort to catch up with the other world powers.

    So if I could add some advice to yours, I would suggest that those students who take Chinese classes spend 6 months or a year in China after they graduate. It’s a great opportunity to practice Mandarin, and it’s extremely easy to find a job teaching English here. Plus, foreign English teachers get great perks.

    And don’t worry about the language itself; it’s actually easier to learn than English, even with all the tones and characters.

  2. Li said, on June 15, 2009 at 4:33 am

    If you have no interest in a subject, chances are you won’t have the endurance to reach comprehension, within a year I doubt you’ll be able to do much besides basic comprehension, and the basic conversation paradigms aren’t gonna help you when you’re trying to do business. And suggesting that learning Chinese alone will make you rich is a stretch to say the least. Or have you taken Chinese already?

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