The VOyes Story: Chinese
If more than 1 billion people of this world can do it, that is 1/6th of the world’s population – then why not us? This is what we told to ourselves when myself and Tanusree got ourselves enrolled in the Confucius Institute in NSU Dhaka, Bangladesh way back in 2008 to master the language the future will speak in – Chinese Mandarin.
No doubt it seemed alien at first, but what happens with learning languages is that you learn to learn and the next language becomes easier because you get familiar with the building blocks of every language, tenses, genders and other rules of the game. Same happened with Chinese as well, knowing that there were no tenses in any strong sense and no gender in the language made it sound more appealing. The key challenge was with the tones (four of them) and characters ofcourse but over time – we crossed that bridge too.
So much so that in no time, we not only started to speak in Chinese but also started to sing in it. Here I can be seen rendering a song on the Asian Games held in China on the eve of the Spring Festival.
The whole world is now infact aligning itself to Chinese language. Recently, one of the busiest train stations in London has started to have its announcements in Chinese for the convenience of the huge number of Chinese visitors in the city.
The future is bright and red – because red is the auspicious colour in Chinese culture. If there is one language that you need to learn ofcourse after your first language and after English (unless English is your first language) – that has to be Chinese first and then Spanish. More on Spanish stories in the next episode.
Reasons why one should learn Chinese are quite a few actually. Not only you would be dealing with the speakers of the most populous nation in this planet, but also you have to keep in mind the economic importance China carries. So for your business growth and future relations, it is imperative that you have to use the language to open up doors of opportunities for growth. Furthermore, although an increasing number of Chinese people are getting very fluent in English and other European language, still a vast majority of Chinese still speak in Chinese and any attempt made by foreigners to learn and speak in Chinese will surely score some brownie points upfront.
While doing voice over projects in Chinese, I am also currently involved in an exciting Chinese learning project which is going to revolutionise how foreigners learn and memorise Chinese characters.