Learning Mandarin – Difficulties and Opportunities

Mandarin language research is problematic. Mostly because Mandarin is different from other languages that people in the west have tried to get to grips with before shopping learn Chinese, not because learning Mandarin is much more troublesome. Mandarin is strange for most ways. The writing system is obviously completely different. There is no alphabet given that the one that Germanic and Latin derivates have. Instead an image defines every word; or rather a set of what referred to as 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 and as such on. But distinctions between don’t end and then there. The grammar is largely made up of the items is called particles. For example; adding a syllable pronounced ma after a sentence turns it suitable question, adding guo after a sentence means that so it happens in there are. Combining these basic examples; you go shanghai guo massachusetts? Communicates the question: an individual have 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 based on syllables as western words are. The word 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, making a total matrix of 5 times 5 possibilities, and only one means mother. The tones are called tones but they are not tones because A minor or G, they are pitch modulation. Quite tone is a rather steady high address. The second is a rising pitch. 3rd workout tone goes down and then inside. The fourth is a sharp 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, of course you can is, at least at first. How exactly do you best go about visiting grips with out? Because of course moment has come possible. In fact I know one lovely French girl called Julie, her Chinese is much better than her English. Additionally know a very talented German videographer that has lived in China for just three years; he often searches for the English word to describe something and ends up saying it Japanese. Basically, I would argue, that Chinese isn’t so much bloody difficult as is certainly bloody different.