Billionaires and royals are rushing to teach their kids Mandarin

Learning a second language has been proven to offer a swath of cognitive, 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.

Chinese is the language with the most native speakers in the world with about 1.2 billion. 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.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

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. The school will teach Prince George Mandarin.

But he's not the only one who has picked up some Mandarin phrases. Prince William wished China a happy new year in Mandarin a few years ago.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

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.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie have four kids and have experimented with many different subjects to educate their children.

"We tried all sorts of things ... including off-season travel, kitchen-science experiments, chicken incubation, Mandarin lessons, the Singapore math program, and lots of clubs and sports with other neighborhood kids," MacKenzie told Vogue.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

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. She speaks fluent Cantonese.

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.

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Trump told MyMorningRoutine.com that she usually gets up at 5:30 a.m. She said that she "can't break the habit" of checking her phone straightaway.

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After getting out of bed, Trump said she takes eight minutes to do her makeup.

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She then reads the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the front section of the New York Times.

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Trump practices transcendental meditation, a method that's popular on Wall Street. Every morning, Trump said she meditates for about 20 minutes. "It's been invaluable in terms of calming my mind and allowing me to think more clearly," she said.

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She told MyMorningRoutine.com that she wakes up her children — Arabella and Joseph — at 7 a.m. In 2015, her youngest child, Theodore, hadn't been born yet.

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To avoid "decision fatigue," she said that she and her children eat either Greek yogurt and berries or oatmeal sprinkled with toppings like "chia seeds, berries, flax seed, goji berries, cinnamon, walnuts, and almonds."

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At breakfast, Trump drinks a glass of water with a lemon and a coffee.

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In 2017, Trump and her family moved into a house in the Kalorama neighborhood of DC for a reported $15,000 a month.

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Back in New York City, she would exercise in her building's gym before work. Nowadays, Trump seems to be getting exercise by going on frequent jogs with her husband.

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In 2015, Trump said she typically gets into work between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

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Trump works in an office on the second floor of the West Wing, near White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.

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The Boston Globe reported that the space was considered "prime piece of office real estate" and was held specifically for the First Daughter.

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Since moving to DC, Trump has incurred criticism for everything from trademark deals with China, to taking her father's seat during the G-20 summit, to her statement to Fox and Friends explaining her wish to "stay out of politics." "Jared and Ivanka have been stung by the vitriol directed at them," Sarah Ellison writes in Vanity Fair.

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On the weekends, Trump and her family sometimes attend the Dupont Circle-area Orthodox synagogue, the Shul. In observance of the Sabbath, Trump and Kushner cannot drive or use phones from sunset on Friday until Saturday night.

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After work, Trump says she occasionally unwinds over wine and reality TV. "Sometimes I like turning on 'Real Housewives' and sitting in front of the TV, eating a giant bowl of pasta with a glass of wine," she wrote in "Women Who Work."

Source: The Washington Post, "Women Who Work"

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More often, Trump spends her nights checking on her inbox. "I answer email at night — my goal is to achieve inbox zero before I go to bed," she told MyMorningRoutine.com. "Some days I'm successful, other days, less so. Regardless, I aim to wake up to a clean slate."

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She said she tries to get to bed by 11:00 p.m. "but that doesn’t always happen."

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