Learning Mandarin – Difficulties and Opportunities

Mandarin language research is problematic. Mostly because Mandarin is distinctive from other languages that people on west have attempt to get to grips with before trying to learn Chinese, not because learning mandarin chinese language is much more. Mandarin is strange in some ways. The writing system is obviously completely different. You need to no alphabet just as the one that Germanic and Latin derivates have. Instead dreams defines every word; or rather a series of what referred to as strokes. For example, three stokes that together make a square means mouth, one combination of strokes that type of depicts a woman holding a kid means mother and as such on. But the differences don’t end and then there. The grammar is largely made up of the things is called flakes. For example; adding a syllable pronounced ma after a sentence turns it into a question, adding guo after a sentence means that in which it happens in there are. Combining these basic examples; you go shanghai guo ma? Communicates the question: a person have gone to Shanghai? The differences are however much more explicit that this type of. 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. Genuine 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 approaches. Each of the two syllables, ma and ma, can be pronounced with 5 different tones, creating a total matrix of 5 times 5 possibilities, and 1 means mother. The tones are called tones but might not tones such as A minor or G, they are pitch modulation. The very tone is a rather steady high toss. The second is a rising pitch. 3rd tone goes down and then out. The fourth is a pointy 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. How exactly do you best go about arriving to grips with this? Because of course moment has come possible. In fact I know one lovely French girl called Julie, her Chinese is better than her English. In addition know a very talented German videographer that has lived in China combined with the three years; he often searches for the English word to describe something and upward saying it Offshore. Basically, I would argue, that Chinese isn’t so much bloody difficult as it’s not bloody different.