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5 Benefits of Children Learning Chinese

A teacher from International School of Denver teaches the class to read analog clocks in Chinese

Having your child learn a second language at a young age can benefit them throughout life. Yet, many parents struggle in choosing what language their child should learn. Some choose a language that’s well represented in their local community, like Spanish. Others may prefer a classical language or one that they learned in their studies, like French. 

While any language can be beneficial to your child’s education and growth, Chinese may be a language that deserves the special attention of parents. Chinese culture and language have a long history and play an essential role as the world continues to grow smaller and more cross-cultural. 

So, if you’re struggling to pick a second language for your child to learn, make sure to consider the benefits of children learning Chinese that we’ve listed below. 

Accelerates Creativity

Unlike French or Spanish, which use a similar alphabet and script as English, Chinese is a language whose script far differs from Latin roots. Instead of the familiar Latin script, Chinese uses pictographs and ideographs to represent various characters. This method of writing is far more abstract than English. This helps your child to view language and communication differently. 

As new Chinese learners dive deeper into the language, they will begin to view language more creatively. We find that soon creative skills will seep outside just their use of language and positively impact their overall skillset. 

Boosts Problem-Solving

Beyond the use of different characters and symbols to represent words and phrases, the Chinese language also uses contrasting grammatical and style rules compared to English or similar languages. This turns writing or speaking that language into a lesson in memorizing root words and their various conjugations and one of active problem-solving.  

By thinking their way through how they should speak or write a sentence using Chinese, your child will be forced to analyze the language at a deeper level. They’ll need to not only connect different sounds and symbols to words, but they’ll also have to compare and contrast their first language to Chinese at a truly fundamental level. 

This process will deepen and broaden your child’s critical thinking skills. Simply put, they’ll learn to solve problems in new and creative ways, even when they’re working on skills outside of language. 

Develops a Thirst for Cross-Cultural Knowledge

Learning Chinese will expose your child not just to a different language but a culture that likely varies greatly from theirs. They’ll learn what values are most important and how those values may differ from their own. This helps give them a stronger foundation in which to communicate. Not only will they be able to speak and write the language, but they’ll also be able to form deep personal connections with people from that culture. 

This will give your child a lasting, positive impact as they grow, travel, and enter an increasingly international workforce. They'll be able to build bridges and become true citizens of the world willing to engage with all people regardless of where they are from. 

Improves Understanding of Math and Related Concepts

The Chinese language is extremely mathematical. Characters have a deep relationship with their component numbers in a way that is far different from English and other Germanic or Latin-root languages. For instance, English uses the word “eleven” to denote the numeral 11. However, the Chinese word for 11 is characterized by two characters that literally mean “ten” and “one.” That is, the language itself becomes similar to a simple mathematical equation. 

This aspect of the Chinese language can help your child develop a better understanding of mathematical concepts. Addition and multiplication both play a role in the Chinese characters that represent numbers. So, as your child learns the language, they’ll also learn how to add and multiply. 

Chinese children are often given a reputation of being better at math than students in Western educational systems. Some educators believe that this component of the Chinese language is one of the most significant reasons why. 

Makes it Easier to Learn Other Languages

All languages develop from a root language. This allows those who speak one language a relatively easy path to learning a language of a similar root. For instance, many English speakers may have an advantage in learning German due to both languages' Germanic roots. Additionally, those who speak Spanish may make a somewhat simple transition in learning Italian or French. These latter three languages all share Latin roots. 

While Chinese differs greatly from Germanic and Latin languages, it’s similar to other Asian languages. Or, since Chinese is the world’s oldest written language, it is perhaps fair to say that Asian languages are similar to Chinese. 

For instance, once a student has a sound foundation in Chinese languages, they may also be able to learn Japanese or Korean. These languages share some characters, grammatical rules, and stylistic flourishes. 

Furthermore, there are shared aspects to each of these country’s cultures. As your child learns the Chinese language and culture, they are likely to become more interested in studying the culture of Japan and Korea. As they begin to travel, they may find themselves touring through these Asian cultures and bringing with them the lessons they took from Chinese language classes. 

Give Your Child the Multilingual, Multicultural Education They Deserve at the International School of Denver

As the world grows ever closer, the importance of children engaging in different languages and cultures becomes even more important. At the International School of Denver, our mission is to offer children in grades K-8 an education steeped in diversity. Our education program provides the foundational knowledge and skills that will help create future global citizens. 

The vast majority of our teachers have advanced degrees, and our group of educators has combined to teach in over 40 countries outside the United States. Additionally, 15% of our students have at least one citizenship outside the United States, and 27 countries have student citizens attending our school. 

This allows us to provide an impactful and rigorous educational program that will lift your child and have them connect with and understand other cultures.  

If you have questions about the education we can provide your child, make sure to reach out to us today. Feel free to call us at 303-340-2647 or email us at


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