And now for something different: Mandarin

February 16, 2008 at 1:15 am (Languages)

Switching gears for a second, I’d like to introduce a new topic: Mandarin Chinese.

A brief overview: Mandarin Chinese is the main language of the Chinese people. Mandarin is one of the few Chinese languages. Within Mandarin, there are a number of dialects. In order to alleviate this “problem”, standard Mandarin Chinese uses the Beijing dialect.

People often think Chinese is very difficult. It is difficult but is also easy. Once the tones are perfected, speaking Chinese should be a breeze. Grammatically, Chinese is very simple.

Characters, yes, are a challenge as well as the aforementioned tones.

More to come!

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1 Comment

  1. orientaldiamond said,

    “Knapp und kurz”
    Basically, I agree with you. Except one part. “Once the tones are perfected…” Don’t know about you, but for me it’s the most difficult part. I think, if your tones are not good enough, the only thing can save you is your vocabulary. If Chinese don’t understand one word, you can use some synonyms.

    And also learning dialects is very important. At least several sentences…

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