When you start learning a language on Duolingo, you’re not alone: You’re joining a dedicated, supportive community of people who are also passionate about that same language! To celebrate the Lunar New Year, we’re looking at a specific group of learners: people studying Mandarin Chinese on Duolingo.
Mandarin Chinese is the first language for more than 920 million people globally, and is spoken by more than 1 billion people, making it the second-most spoken language worldwide. Ready to start learning? Here's a peek into the community of Mandarin Chinese learners you'll be joining on Duolingo. (Duolingo also teaches Cantonese for Mandarin speakers!)
Chinese is the 8th most popular language to study on Duolingo
In fact, there are more than 6 million learners enrolled in our Chinese course for English speakers! The countries most interested in learning Chinese (by percent of learners studying the language) are Cambodia (where over 30% of learners study Chinese!), followed by Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Lao.
Chinese attracts diverse, global learners
The people who study Chinese do so for various reasons, but brain health (22%) and school (19%) are the most popular motivations for new learners. For many, studying Chinese is an opportunity to learn a language unlike their own and give them a rewarding cognitive workout. Family (16%) is also a common reason for studying Chinese, given the Chinese diaspora and the interest of learners to connect with their heritage and their Chinese-speaking relatives.
Young people are especially interested in learning Chinese
Your job, interests, and family can affect why you want to learn a new language, and your age can be a factor, too! When compared to the global average, there are many more learners ages 13-22 who study Chinese. In fact, 76% of new learners of Chinese are under the age of 30!
(Lunar) New Year, new you!
Celebrate the Lunar New Year (the year of the rabbit!) by enrolling in our Chinese course and immersing yourself in this exciting language.