Rated the top language for business after English, Mandarin is an obvious choice for international business. China has the second-largest economy in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) value of almost 8%. While per capita income is below the world average due to its high population, the dollar value of China’s agricultural and industrial output is second only to the US in the value of services it produces.
With 1.118 billion native speakers in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, the huge potential of Mandarin as an international business language is well-known. Learning the language is sure to create stronger relations with contacts in China as well as open business opportunities in areas outside of Beijing and Shanghai, where English is spoken less.