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Why you should consider studying an Asian language December 28, 2017

Even if you did not grow up hearing it and currently do not have a lot of opportunities to practice in the real world, learning an Asian language carries with it many wonderful opportunities.

These opportunities can benefit you professionally whether you are an investor looking for the next great business opportunity, an entrepreneur in search of a market, or just a person looking for a new job and, with it, a new adventure.

Knowledge of an Asian language can also make you a more thoughtful, well-rounded person with a deeper knowledge of cultures and histories whose contributions unfortunately get overlooked in many corners of the world.

Finally, and on a related point, learning some of the many different languages— and alphabets— of the Transpacific region can expand your mind by exercising it in unfamiliar and exciting ways.

Professional opportunities

There is no question that the markets of Asia continue to blossom in to wonderful economic opportunities for people around the world. However, in order to take advantage of these chances, it is helpful, even essential, for aspiring professionals to know the language and culture of the local people with whom they are going to do business.

Take, for example, the case of China. Over the past decades, as it has gradually embraced a free market economy, the country has emerged as the second largest, and fastest growing, economic power in the world. One could argue it has been the primary mover and shaker of the global economy since 2008.

Right now, China presents a great chance for young business leaders and others to take advantage of its strong, growing economy. If you take the time to learn one of the Chinese dialects, such as Mandarin or Cantonese, you can be taking an important first step toward a great new job or business investment.

Exposure to history and culture 

Asia has lucrative market now, but no one should forget how at many times past this part of the world has changed the course of history even thousands of miles from Asia. For instance, in the Middle Ages, under the leadership of the Khans, Mongolia amassed for itself the largest land empire ever known to humanity, larger even than the Roman Empire.  To put it in perspective, the Mongolians ruled from China and Russia all the way to the borders of eastern Europe and the Middle East.

While you cannot literally go back in time to see exactly how they did it or what the people of Mongolia were like back then, you can still get a lot of insight in to Mongolia’s proud history by learning about how the people of Mongolia live and interact today.

As with any country, to learn more about Mongolian culture, it’s helpful to get at least some exposure to the language and alphabet and, ideally, develop some skills speaking and writing the language.

Because Mongolia’s population is not large and is also rather sparse when compared with that of other Asian countries, it might be a bit more difficult for you to find a tutor or other widely available resources for learning the native language. However, resources are available.  For instance, you can go to https://orgilproductions.com/learn-mongolian/ for some helpful beginner’s tips and some ideas of where to get further assistance.

Exercise for your mind

Studying any foreign language has all kinds of benefits for your mental faculties, and it may even improve your academic performance. Your choosing to learn an Asian language has some particular advantagesbecause, for many non-native speakers, these languages are wildly different than what they’ve learned before and therefore really challenge their minds in constructive ways.

For instance, Khmer, the native language of Cambodia, boasts of having the longest alphabet in the world. With 74 letters, including 33 consonants and two different types of vowels, the language might take a while for a student to learn, but the effort is well worth it, and the skills one acquires along the way can easily translate over in to other academic pursuits.

Conclusion: it’s fun 

Ultimately, though, learning an Asian language is worthwhile because it is a lot of fun, and going through the process can bring a lasting joy and fulfillment in to your life.

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