During past decade China has become the most powerful manufacturing nation in the world. Most of the nowadays companies such as Apple, IBM, Motorola have moved their manufacturing operations to China in order to save on manpower. This trend has created a high demand for managers who are fluent in Chinese.
To learn Chinese is not as difficult as possible most of us think. With proper lessons and regular practice, learning Chinese could be quite easy and fast. For advanced learners, up to a month is required to be able to speak whole sentences and understand spoken ones. Beginners will require some more time, but no more than 2 months in average. These steps are a most only for those who wanna exclusively speak and understand the language and not to write or read it.
As strange as it may seem, in order to read and write in Chinese, fluency in speaking is not required. Alphabet, grammar lessons and learning about the type of words and phrases mostly used in written form however is of a high priority and can take an average of time up to a couple of months. A person with middle learning speed could expect to learn the alphabet during a week.
Considered a synthetic language, Chinese makes language learning a difficult process. Multiple variations of the primary language make it even more difficult to study. Nonetheless, there are thousands of foreigners who says that it isn't difficult at all, at least not too difficult that will make language acquisition process impossible.
There are known existing up 13 types of Chinese. Mandarin is the most common, the second one is Cantonese. The Standard Mandarin dialect is what most associate with Chinese and is spoken in the People's Republic of China prevailing in Beijing. Other countries like Singapore, Taiwan also use it.
In such countries like Singapore, Taiwan Indonesia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia and the Philippines Chinese or Mandarin is spoken as second language. That being said, learning to speak the dialect of the area you are going to visit makes necessary to identify the version is spoken there.
For those who are going to learn Chinese, most companies and many individuals offer home based lessons. Most companies provide lessons which include CDs to listen in order to learn pronunciation being accompanied by books and workbooks for improving reading and writing skills. Types of lessons such as private tutoring and the work paced courses are also widespread nowadays. Fore those who decided to «dive in with both feet» exist a large variety of online sites and social networks which provide online courses of Chinese with native speakers.