Chinese is spoken by about 1.6 billion people, with one fifth of the world's population now using it as their mother tongue. Chinese has become more and more popular for language learners, and with the economic development of China and its overseas investments, speakers of Chinese are in high demand. Knowledge of the language can help you in a government career, but it will also be of benefit in business and in industries such as engineering, medical, and in the non-profit and international relations sectors. Speaking Chinese can help you build relationships with people in China and overseas Chinese communities.
Chinese at Queen Mary is offered by the University's Confucius Institute.
Studying Mandarin at QMUL has been a truly enriching experience. Lessons are fun and interactive, and studying Mandarin has given me the confidence and basic skills to speak to a whole host of patients within the dental school. One notable moment was when a young girl turned up with her father (who spoke little English) and a translator had not been booked. To everyone’s surprise I was able to have basic communication with the father, asking his name and number to fill in forms and advising him on dates of further appointments. Being told I had made someone’s day, in an environment where they would not have been able to understand anyone, was particularly special!— Tallulah Hall, BDS Dentistry (2020)