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Learning Mandarin – Difficulties and Opportunities

Mandarin language studies are problematic. Mostly because Mandarin is varies greatly from other languages that people in west have aimed to get to grips with before trying to learn Chinese, not because learning Mandarin is much more. Mandarin is strange in any ways. The writing system is obviously completely different. There is no alphabet as the one that Germanic and Latin derivates have. Instead a picture defines every word; or rather a sequence of what is called strokes. For example, three stokes that together make a square means mouth, one combination of strokes that regarding depicts a woman holding a kid means mother while on. But the differences don't end there. The grammar is largely made up of what is called flakes. For example; adding a syllable pronounced ma after a sentence turns it proper question, adding guo after a sentence means that that it happens in there are. Combining these basic examples; you go shanghai guo mummy? Communicates the question: possibly you gone to Shanghai? The differences are however much more explicit that your. Even the sounds of spoken Chinese are completely different from western counterparts.

Chinese spoken words are not only defined by syllables as western words are. Hugely for mother in English is just 6 different sounds noted by each character; M, O, T, H, E and R. In Chinese there is two syllables, not four characters, ma and ma. The twist is that "mama" can be pronounced in twenty-five different ways. Each of 2 syllables, ma and ma, can be pronounced with 5 different tones, developing a total matrix of 5 times 5 possibilities, and merely one means mother. The tones are called tones but they are not tones regarding A minor or G, they are pitch modulation. Website tone is a somewhat steady high set up. The second is a rising pitch. The third tone goes down and then up. The fourth is a sharp decline in pitch from high to low. The fifth is called the neutral tone will not not actually have a modulation form.

All that sounds bloody difficult, go for walks . is, at least at first. How exactly do you best go about beginning to grips with them? Because of course it's very possible. In fact I know one lovely French girl called Julie, her Chinese is much better her English. Furthermore know a very talented German videographer that has lived in China for just three years; he often searches for that English word to describe something and ends up saying it Offshore. Basically, I would argue, that Chinese is not so much bloody difficult as it's not bloody different.