For the Chinese language the situation is a bit more complicated. Kids under the age of seven months can recognize all possible sounds and tones in human languages. But once kids get older so they get beyond of the certain language group, they lose their ability to recognize unique tones in a language. Still, kids can become native speakers of many foreign languages if they hear a language often enough until they become 12 years old. Once you become an adult, you need more time to learn a language making much more efforts. Some scientists say that it can take 3-4 years of living in China for adults to become fluent in the Chinese language.
Native Speakers and Users
Chinese is the most widespread language spoken by one fifth of the world’s population. While more of those speakers live in the Far East, knowledge of the Chinese language could be a key to many Chinatowns worldwide.
Let’s imagine that you have decided to learn Chinese. It’s considered to be a big career opportunity, but is that true? You’ll get a skill that is quite unique in the Western world. But many US and EU companies do not include knowledge of the Chinese language in their job descriptions because it’s too hard to find such a candidate. Business communications are much easier in English, in which most Chinese specialists are fluent. If you really want to get a career benefit from learning Chinese, then you have to enter the Chinese job market.
What could be more “valuable” than knowing a language which is vital for communication with more than 95% people in your region, for example speaking Chinese language while living in the Western countries? Right, in this case it would not be so valuable.
Imagine the situation when you’re flying from London to Beijing by China Airlines. Most of the passengers are the British and American citizens. The stewardesses are talking to each other in Chinese while using English for talking to the passengers. And how great it would be to answer to them in Chinese when they’re asking you: “What would you like to drink”? The stewardess might be impressed as well as most of the people on the airplane.
Or do you remember how great it was when Mark Zuckerberg gave a 22-minute speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing entirely in Mandarin Chinese?
Those, who speak Ukrainian, can easily learn Polish. A native Portuguese can read in Spanish. The Dutch can easily learn German. In the same way, programming languages form their own groups. If you know the basic rules and concepts that appear in every code, such as loops, then you can apply it to every programming language and so the study process will be easier.
- Possible Future Programming Languages (softheme-blog-2017)
- Programming Languages Popularity in 2015 [GitHut, RedMonk, Jobs Tractor, TIOBE Index] (softheme-blog-2017)