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Mandarin Chinese at Hope College

Huanying! Welcome!

The Chinese minor is designed for students wishing to master Mandarin as well as develop their knowledge of Chinese politics, economy, history and archaeology. The language is a reflection of China’s 5000 years history. At the heart of Chinese civilization is its rich heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and, more recently, film. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 960 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world. In the past few decades, China has become the world second largest economy, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context. Knowing Chinese may give you an edge when competing for an important position, as China continues to play a major role in world affairs. Furthermore, China now has opened up to the West, which means that there are opportunities for employment in all areas.

5 Good Reasons to Study Chinese

  • One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese.
  • 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.
  • China is the second largest economy in the world.
  • China is one of largest trading partners of the United States.
  • Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments there.
"I gained a relatively strong grasp of basic Chinese, which is the most widely spoken language in the world."

Career Opportunities:

With Chinese language skills, students can find jobs in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Education
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Interpreter
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • U.S. Government

For More Information

Simply stop by Room 210 in the Martha Miller Center, or contact Mandy Stephenson at stephensona@hope.edu or 616.395.7570! We would love to talk with you about the Chinese language program here at Hope College.