Chinese

This is about learning to read, write and speak Chinese – usually Modern Standard Chinese (also known as Mandarin, Putonghua or Guoyu).

As well as learning the language, studying Chinese usually includes reading examples of Chinese literature.

Studying Chinese is also likely to involve learning about Chinese culture and history.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Over one billion people speak Chinese. That's about one person in five on the planet!

Examples of career opportunities

'Additional' languages are useful for a variety of careers (involving other qualifications too).

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Chinese language teacher
  • International businessperson
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

137% of national
median earnings


Employment

62%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
27%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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