Part of the fun of dating Asian women for many Westerners is getting exposure to a different country and culture. However, when it comes to the Chinese language – of which there are many dialects – learning the language or even just some of the most basic phrases can seem daunting.
Learning Chinese doesn’t have to be a scary thought. It can actually be a very rewarding experience. After all, plenty of people speak the language in one form or another. In hopes of taking away some of the hesitation you might feel, we’ve put together some fun facts about the language:
- More than 800 million people speak Mandarin, the official language of China. If you break that down based on the planet’s population, that’s one in five people!
- Learning Chinese isn’t as hard as you probably think. European languages – and English – are actually more difficult to learn than Chinese thanks to all of the tenses, plurals, cases, and genders involved. Chinese grammar is pretty straightforward, but it is tonal, which means the pitch of your voice matters.
- You might already know a little Chinese. A lot of Chinese words and phrases have been Anglicized, so you might already have a good base. For example, that cup of cha in the morning actually comes from a Mandarin word (chá) and Kung-fu comes from gōngfu!
- Lots of Chinese jokes are puns or plays on words. This might make learning the language a little more appealing. If you like to challenge yourself, this is a great way to learn to be funny in your new language, making it easier to break the ice when dating Asian women.
- Learning Chinese can actually make learning other Asian languages easier. The ability to read and write Chinese characters will inevitably make it a little easier for you to learn other Asian languages, such as Japanese.