Belvedere College SJ

Chinese Studies

Chinese Is Most Spoken Language In The World!

Why Study Chinese?

Chinese Is Most Spoken Language In The World!

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. There is a huge global population speaking Chinese. If you can speak Mandarin you will be able to communicate with Chinese people and people from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Speaking Chinese gives you more opportunities

China is now the world’s second largest economy, which presents many business opportunities. If you can speak Chinese, it will be easy for you to find those opportunities in the process of China’s rapid economic growth. China will play a major role in world affairs in the future.
Employers seek Mandarin speakers: If you can speak Chinese, it will look great on your CV.
If you would like to be involved in international business, this is a great opportunity for you!
Ireland has a growing Chinese community and learning the culture help us grow as an inclusive society.
To learn about Chinese history and culture Ancient Chinese Culture more 5000 years old. When visiting China, you will be immediately confronted with the various ways this culture is lived out by millions of Chinese people every single day. If you can speak Chinese, it will be easy to travel to the beautiful country and enjoy delicious Chinese food.

Studying Chinese at Secondary Level

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• Chinese is easy, fun, and interesting!
• Chinese vocabulary is extremely logical.

电脑 diànnăo = Electricity + brain = Computer
电话 diànhuà = Electricity + speech = Telephone
电视 diànshì = Electricity + to view = Television
小学xiǎoxué = small study = elementary school
中学zhōngxué = middle study = middle school
高中gāozhōng = middle high
大学dàxué=big study = college
学生xuésheng = study + unripe = student

Chinese words are artistically formed. If you know the most 1000 commonly used characters, you will recognize 90% of the characters in Chinese newspapers.


Kǒuzìpáng 口字旁 —- mouth/classifier for things with mouths.
You’ll find 口 in characters related to the mouth, openings and entrances.


Chinese Department – Staff

Ms. J. Gao


Chinese New Year

Annual Chinese Meal

To learn more information about Chinese Studies, please click HERE.
Link for further information on YCT examinations: Click here
Syntax: NCCA TY Chinese Language & Culture Course Click here
Link for further information on Syntax Curriculum: Click here

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