MANDARIN language has recently gaining momentum in the capital, as there is good number of Solomon Islanders including expatriates turned in to learn the foreign language.
There are students from different faculties of the Solomon Islands National University took part in the session including students from outside the campus, business owners, private sectors, and members of the public.
From a previous visit to the Mandarin class by this paper recently, there are many feedbacks received from the students about the importance of learning Mandarin.
They said Mandarin was exciting, liberating and their teacher is awesome.
A Mandarin student, John Adifaka Junior said it is very important to learn Mandarin with the domination of China in the world today in business wise is sky – rocketing.
“I think in world today about 60m people speak Mandarin and therefore learning Mandarin is also important for when it comes to traveling, you can able to communicate with people who speak Mandarin.
“In order to reach China’s level and understand how they deal with things, it is good to understand their language so that we can communicate with them more easily,” Mr Adifaka said.
Ryan Matopodzi from Zimbabwe also a Mandarin student said Mandarin is basically one of the most spoken languages in the world.
He said in business wise, many of the Chinese business owners here in the country speak Mandarin (Chinese and Taiwanese); and learning mandarin is a bonus for non – Chinese to communicate with them.
“Mandarin is a great language as it brings people together as well as bringing peace into the society.
“It helps us to understand cultures and building trust and understanding to the community as we can easily communicate among us,” Ryan said.
Another student, Levix Lo shares similar sentiment saying learning Mandarin is interesting but also challenging as it is not an everyday spoken language in the country.
Mandarin is by far the largest of the seven or ten Chinese dialect groups, with 70 percent of Chinese speakers. It is also one of the most frequently used varieties of Chinese dialects used by Chinese communities internationally.
Issue # 17094