“Ni hao!, Ni hao ma?, Wo hen hao, XieXie and Zaizian” All of these greeting words are the Mandarin Chinese language. We more often hear these greeting as well as English greeting, Hello! or How are you? This showing China has expanded in importance.
Some people may wonder that why we need to know and can communicate in Mandarin Chinese language. It is due to Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. Learning Mandarin Chinese language, you will have chances to speak with millions of people around the world. Also, businessmen who can speak Chinese have a huge benefit and competitive advantage to tap into the Chinese market. It is much easier to develop all-important relationships if you can speak Mandarin Chinese. What’s more, Chinese culture is very fascinating. Whatever your interests are in history, music, life-style, cuisine, economy, or architecture; knowledge of Chinese will enhance your understanding of Chinese culture.
Master of International Management program (MIM) at Portland State University foresees the important of knowing Mandarin Chinese, so the MIM program provides the Mandarin Chinese language as a 2nd language to students. I am Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan, the MIM student (full time) who I feel that the Chinese class is very invaluable. It is due to Pacific Rim Marketplace become a powerful at this moment, Chinese language is very important for doing business. I have an opportunity to study Chinese which is a third language via English which is a second language. It is very challenge to me. At first place I thought that is very hard to understand Chinese by using English as a platform. However, I changed my mind when I study in the class. In my perspective, the most important thing that pushed the class go forward and interesting is the way that the professor teach student. Professor Meiru Liu, our beloved teacher is very kind, nice and, enthusiastic to teach student. She always teaches us step by step and always cheers up the class. She taught from easy lesson to hard one. She also, finds the way to help student to remember the lesson in the easy way. For example, when we studied Chinese map which is very important. However, it is very hard for students to remember all cities in China. The professor makes it as a song to remember and ask students to sing together. Currently, all students can remember all cities in China and can sing as a nice song.
For the lessons that I studied in the class, it is very useful and necessary. The professor teach us how to greeting in the appropriate way, how to ask question the formal and informal question. I also study how to deal business and how to introduce myself to the public. Besides, all students had to do the activities in class such as partner conversation, play role in front of the class, interview classmate and so on for more understanding. And the one thing that I appreciated is all 6 teachers assistance in the class. When the Professor Liu ask students to talk with teachers assistance for practice the tone due to the tone of word in Mandarin Chinese is very important. If you pronounce in the wrong tone, the meaning will be change. All of teacher assistance always help and correct the mistake for all students. That makes all students have lots of progression.
I am not only study to speak Chinese, but also study how to write Chinese. Somebody might thing that writing Chinese alphabet is very hard because it is complicated. Nonetheless, the professor teach us by using logic that makes students are more understand and can remember how to write easier. For instance, the word 人 which means person, if we see deeply, it looks like the people straddle. Also, this word 大 mean big, the professor taught us that if we see deeply, it looks like the people straddle and stretch the arms, so it looks big. This is very logic and helps all students remember it easier and better.
For me, learning Chinese at MIM program is very effective and it beyond my expectation even I studied it via English. I gain the benefit more than I expected. I am not only study the language which is really important in the business world, but also study Chinese culture which is also important for doing the business. After I graduated from MIM at PSU, I will not stop studying Chinese because this class inspires me to continue studying the Chinese language when I go back to Thailand. I believe that we all can study as a whole life because the more you learn, the more you are smarter!! As the Chinese said that “Studying foreign language is not hard, it is as same as you have close friend, the more you learn, the more you know”. Also, if you are not study more and more to gain more knowledge, you will move backward more and more.