Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Learning a second language has been proven to offer a swath of teaching kids edition, health, and educational benefits. It improves brain development, can protect against dementia, and help with attention span.
And Mandarin seems to be the hot language at the moment, with some high-profile wealthy families starting to push the language to their kids at a young age. There are two main dialects that make up the Chinese language — Mandarin and Cantonese — and 1 billion of the total speak Mandarin. The sheer size alone means the language will continue to be important for business in the future. Read on below to see some of the wealthy families who have spoken publicly about teaching their kids Mandarin. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg picked up Mandarin a few years ago, and improved so much, he was able to do a 30-minute question and answer session in the language. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is the daughter of Chinese refugees who fled Vietnam. The couple have already introduced Mandarin into the house for their daughter Max.
Zuckerberg uploaded a video on Facebook that showed his AI personal assistant teaching Max to speak Mandarin. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have three children and hired a Mandarin-speaking nanny to help bring the language to their home. Their oldest daughter Arabella, 5, displayed her language skills by singing the Chinese “Happy New Year” song in Mandarin earlier in 2017. The royal couple have two children and a third on the way. Their oldest son, Prince George, 4, began his first day of school at Thomas’ Battersea in London.