Is Korean Hard to Learn To speak?

I am half Chinese and Half Irish. I speak Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese,MinNanese, Understand a little Japanese because i watch Anime and i Learn to speak English when i was 11. Now i’m 14 and can talk with English with no accent and actually super good at it(Able to do Multiple Accent including British, Irish, American) Now my question is will i be able to learn Korean with no difficulty or will it be too hard and not worth investing my time in? Thank you very much.

I’m from Africa and I speak my African language freely. The people from China speak Mandarin whenever they want. People from Spain/Mexico speak Spanish all the time, and other people from other countries speak their native tongue whenever they want. But blacks can’t speak Ebonics. They always tell black people to speak "proper" if they wanna get ahead. I hate that. Let these people speak their native language.
@Tyrone you just spoke it.

I forgot to add the motto:

we aint finna speak dat english dats dat white man speak me and ma homies speak dat Ebonics ya heard me
@Apple Pie, but you would hire a Chinese person speaking with a Chinese accent? What difference does it make? People just assume that just because someone speaks Ebonics they are dumb.
@Apple Pie, Ebonics is their language. Why should they have to learn proper English? Proper English is the white man’s language. Ebonics is the black man’s language. Why are people so bent on changing black people into something they are not?
Apple Pie, you’re dumb. I love hearing black people speak their Ebonics. You can’t talk for everybody. I wish all of you uncle tom blacks who love speaking the damn "proper" English would just stop disrespecting the blacks who actually are proud of their TRUE heritage.


1. I’m Chinese and my parents are Chinese. They say they’re from mainland China.. But what exactly is mainland China? Beijing, Shanghai.. Guangzhou, ect. ect.?

2. My Mandarin teacher at school is Taiwanese and she has an accent. She said she learned how to write in both traditional and simplified. Do all Taiwanese citizens learn both forms?

3. What do Taiwanese people speak, if they aren’t speaking Mandarin? Are they local dialects or do they have one, unified language with a name?

4. Does Taiwan have a different/separate pinyin system than China? My Taiwanese Mandarin teacher is spelling all the pinyin incorrectly and it’s really getting on my nerves, but I don’t want to call her out.. Is she following her own country’s pinyin system? Or is she simply bullshitting on the board?

How do you say "you're cute" in cantonese?

I keep getting different responses! Is it
1) lei ho hou oi?
2) lei ho hall oy?
3) nei hou ho ngoi?
Or something else? Oh, and can you tell me somewhat how to pronounce it? I speak mandarin so my cantonese accent shouldnt be completely horrible, but it would be easier if it was spelled out. Thank you so much =)

I’m an American born and raised, and I grew up speaking mandarin with a Singaporean accent because I learned it from my mother who was from Singapore. I am not concerned with my pronunciation or literacy.

The problem is that whenever I listen to Chinese news reporters, or native speakers talking, I do not understand a word they are saying. I can understand mandarin only if my family members are talking to me with it.

I am already 18 now, so I do not know if I am too old to fix this. After all, mandarin is one of the world’s most difficult languages.

Methods? Experiences?

Mandarin of Beijing vs. Mandarin of Taipei?

So today we’re basically comparing the Mandarin Chinese language as spoken (and written) in mainland China vs. Taiwan.

I understand mainland China uses simplified characters while Taiwan uses traditional characters.

Native Mandarin speakers, please consider the following aspects:
– grammar
– pronunciation/accent
– spelling rules (besides the simplified vs. traditional characters)
– vocabulary
– expressions (e.g. slang, etc.)
– usage

On a scale of 0 to 100 (0 being totally different languages like Swedish vs. Vietnamese, 100 being exactly identical), how close is the Mandarin language of mainland China to that of Taiwan?

Thank you.

Does anybody have a video or sound clip of the accent a person would have in cantonese if they learnt mandarin before they learned cantonese?

I’m a very outgoing person. But ever since 2nd grade I started having a minor stutter. I wasn’t born one, and none of my relatives do.
7th grade is a hard year. Now, sometimes I don’t feel like a normal kid.
I can’t say everything I want to say because I’m afraid that it’s going to come out all jumbled and mixed up.
I’m a very bright student and my friends are fine with it. I have a lot of friends by the way.
I really want to get rid of this problem. I’m perfect at everything else (I’m not lazy, I get Straight A’s, I can play Chopin on the piano, I’m athletic, I love school, and I have a lot of friends)
My parents say I’m probably going to grow out of this problem. I don’t know. I’m chinese by the way and I am 100% in English. Sometimes I can’t talk in Mandarin fluently either. I came to the USA in kindergarden.
I"m 100% fluent in English; I don’t have an accent or anything

Im half Taiwanese and speak Mandarin with a Taiwanese accent… But a friend of mine made a comment that Taiwanese Mandarin sounds "fruity" to him (his words)… do you think so

Im half Taiwanese and speak Mandarin with a Taiwanese accent… But a friend of mine made a comment that Taiwanese Mandarin sounds "fruity" to him (his words)… do you think so?
Yes, the accent is very different, but what I’m asking is if the Taiwanese accent sounds feminine to a mainland Chinese person??

I am 14, and turning 15 in about 4 months. I really want to learn foreign lanuages while I’m young. I really wish I learned how to speak foreign languages when I was younger, so I could have a head start. English is my first language, and I am fluent in it. My second language is Tagalog, but I can only speak a little bit. I can understand words, phrases, and accent of Tagalog. Therefore, watching Filipino soap operas is easy to me because I can understand what they are saying, but I sometimes get confused and have to ask someone to translate for me.

I’m currently raking Spanish 1, and I’m learning many words, but it’s sometimes difficult for me even though Tagalog is Spanish-influenced. Now I want to learn how to speak Mandarin Chinese. BTW, is there a difference between speaking Chinese and speaking Mandarin Chinese? Or is that the same? Can you please give me tips, so I can learn these languages? I want to take advantage of my age and be prepared.

How can I really know if I speak well or not?

I have been studying mandarin Chinese and every times I speak with people of my age or older, they always basically say the same thing: Your Chinese is really great, you speak very well!

I actually beleived that because so many chinese people told me so but one time I spoke with a young child and he could not understand what I said because of my accent…

Then I realised every "grown up" was just telling me that to be polite.

Is there any way for me to know if I speak well or not? Every older people will always tell me that I speak well to be polite so I cannot rely on them. What should I do?

What's the difference between mandarin and cantonese?

I learned that if a mandarin speaking guy spoke to a cantonese guy, they wouldn’t understand each other. Is it just the accent that’s different or are there some particular words that are different? What about their writing? Is it also different?

And aside from mandarin and cantonese, are there other dialects? (or whatever they are called)

I’ve been learning Mandarin for a year and I was wondering what our accent sounds like in Mandarin? If I go to China will people laugh or not like my accent(if we have one thats noticeable)

I pronouce the sounds correctly but I’m sure I still have an accent.

How important is accent in the Italian language?

Is it like mandarin wherein you change the accent and he sentence gets an entire new meaning? or can you talk in a monotonous manner and people will till understand you?.

How to speak Chinese with a Taiwanese accent?

I’m meeting my boyfriend’s parents who prefer a girl who can speak Mandarin, so I’m trying to learn some basic phrases (hello aunty, how are you, etc) I’m Vietnamese and 1/4 Chinese, though I speak neither languages.

My Taiwanese friends have been coaching me but I’m still having trouble maintaining the accent.. any how to videos or something?

thanks 🙂
(p.s. not cantonese or mainland Chinese accents please)

What languages does the Dalai Lama speak?

Wikipedia doesn’t really specify. I’m assuming he speaks Mandarin Chinese, since that’s the official language of China, and he lives in China. I know that he also speaks English, since I’ve heard him speak it. He speaks with a weird Indian accent, though. Why does he have that accent anyway? But the Pope speaks a ton of different languages, so I’m assuming the Dalai Lama has to as well.

Mandarin Chinese pronunciation (pinyin)?

Hi, I have a number of questions about Mandarin pinyin pronunciation:

1. How do you know when "i" in pinyin should be pronounced "uh" or "ee" or "er" as in the English word "fur" (examples of usage in chi and shi)? I’ve heard it as all these ways and am very confused as to which is correct, keeping in mind I am aiming for the Beijing accent.

2. In the pinyin "e", how does one know if it is to be pronounced as the English sound "uh" or "eh"? I have heard "ye" as both "yeh" and "yuh".

3. Does it really make a huge difference if you give your "ch" and "zh" different forces of air, like I know some of the sounds have more air than others, like "p" and "b"…?

4. Which region’s/city’s accent is the most understood throughout the PRC?

5. "Eng"- pronounced like "ung" or "ang" in the english word "hang"? How do I know which is right? Like for example, cheng2 chi2

I know that if I heard the word before I should know how to spell it in pinyin the problem is I’m hearing so many different ways to say things! Please help! Xie Xie!!
So are there exceptions to the pinyin "e"? Such as in "de" in "wo de"? Isn’t that pronounced "duh"?

Thanks for the info on pronunciation variations though…I’m sure it’s similar to Spanish, with Castilians having a lisp and the Argentines with their pronunciation of "ll".

I’m an ABC, but Mandarin is my fourth language. My parents are Cantonese,so I know they have an accent too. So if they tried to teach me proper Chinese, it would be like an Italian guy trying to teach an Indian guy how to speak proper English. (I imagine the results won’t be spectacular).

So is there anyone whose family is from Beijing, or otherwise knows that he or she speaks perfect Mandarin, who would like to help me with my accent on Skype?

Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation & Tutoring needed :)

Hello everyone! I’m starting my first year of Mandarin Chinese at College.
I love the language, I’m intrigued by the culture and History….I’m in simply in love with it.
My question is, would practicing Chinese conversation 2 or 3 hours a a day everyday improve my pronunciation for the next 3 months?
For the ones who have studied Chinese, how long would it take to acquire and "OK" accent? My mother tongue is Spanish so it helps me to imitate sounds easier.
Any suggestions welcome! And any tutors too!

how many residents in the US speak mandarin chinese?

out of 306 mil people in the usa, how many know mandarin? by know, i mean they can carry at least a conversation in it, and it’s okay if they speak with an accent. are there statistics that show this, as well as for other languages?