Why Learn Chinese?

It’s...

  • Useful. More people speak Chinese as their native language than any other—over one billion in fact!
  • Valuable. China has the world’s second–largest and fastest–growing economy. Global companies are looking for skilled Chinese–speaking employees to fill high–paying jobs.
  • Impressive. When you learn Chinese, you’ll find that friends, potential employers, and others will respect your newfound talents.
  • Growing. National and state governments support Chinese language programs.
  • Easier Than You Think. Basic Chinese grammar is simpler than most European languages and similar to English. You’ll be amazed at how fast you learn with BYU’s STARTALK Chinese program.

Why Should You Come?

It’s...

  • Confidence-Building. Students who complete STARTALK Chinese become fearless in their willingness to speak Chinese.
  • Exciting. College professors and high school teachers have commented on STARTALK students’ excitement to speak Chinese, and their superior language abilities.
  • Respected. BYU has one of the most highly respected STARTALK programs in the nation. Your ability to speak, read, understand and write Chinese will grow exponentially.
  • A Great Program. Every year, participants give the BYU STARTALK program high marks for learning, fun and friendship. You get to live on campus like college students. Students often choose to return in following years.
  • Fun. As an active learner you'll soon be communicating, engaging in activities, playing games and even singing, and dancing in Chinese! And the friends you make at STARTALK will expand your view of the world.