For those of you that have any reason to start the intimidating step to learn Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any other Chinese dialect), here is another good reason to just do it! You use more parts of your brain to speak Chinese! Here is a fascinating article on the study of how Chinese speakers use more of the brain than English speakers.
We will take Mandarin Chinese for example. As a Mandarin learner myself, I do notice this language is particularly exhausting for the brain, because you are dealing with pronunciation, tone, meaning, and complicated character recognition all at the same time. Of course, Mandarin speakers have been accustomed to this from a young age, but for learners, this is particularly difficult to wrap our brain around. And the reason is highlighted through these studies, that you are forcing the other part of your brain to be involved with the “language” process, which normally only use the left side of your brain for English speakers.
Although it is particularly challenging, I can’t imagine a better way to prevent your brain from getting lazy and old, than to learn a difficult language like Chinese. It is like being forced to use a muscle that you never had to flex at all.
Now, that has to be a strong motivation, for a healthy brain! Get started by clicking here and register for your on-line live Chinese class. It’s just that easy.
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