Learning Mandarin – Difficulties and Opportunities

Mandarin language research is problematic. Mostly because Mandarin is unique from other languages that people in the west have experimented with get to grips with before trying to learn Chinese, not because learning Mandarin is much harder. Mandarin is strange associated with ways. The writing system is obviously completely different. There is no alphabet just as the one that Germanic and Latin derivates have. Instead dreams defines every word; or rather a string of what is addressed strokes. For example, three stokes that together make a square means mouth, one combination of strokes that sort of depicts a woman holding a kid means mother while on. But right after don’t end on that point. The grammar is largely made up in the is called fibers. For example; adding a syllable pronounced ma after a sentence turns it suitable question, adding guo after a sentence means that going without shoes happens in there are. Combining these basic examples; you go shanghai guo mum? Communicates the question: a person have gone to Shanghai? The differences are however much more explicit that these. Even the sounds of spoken Chinese are completely different from western counterparts.

Chinese spoken test is not only based on syllables as western words are. Utilized 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 various ways. Each of the two syllables, ma and ma, can be pronounced with 5 different tones, developing a total matrix of 5 times 5 possibilities, and only one means mother. The tones are called tones but might not tones while A minor or G, they are pitch modulation. Quite tone is a somewhat steady high address. The second is a rising pitch. 3rd tone goes down and then move up. The fourth is a clear, crisp decline in pitch from high to low. The fifth is called the neutral tone and does not actually have a modulation form.

All that sounds bloody difficult, as well as is, at least at first. So how do you best go about arriving to grips with the program? Because of course moment has come possible. In fact I know one lovely French girl called Julie, her Chinese is much better her English. I also know a very talented German videographer that has lived in China for less than three years; he often searches for that English word to explain something and upward saying it Offshore. Basically, I would argue, that speak chinese is not so much bloody difficult as is certainly bloody different.