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and English? The original Mandarin soundings are retained, whilst the accents / tones are deleted ( because English does not have accents / tones ) and the writing is changed from Chinese characters to Roman letters ( used by English ). Pretty awesome huh? Agree?

My cousin, who is six years old, cannot speak properly. I suspect this has to do with the fact he was brought up in a very confusing ‘language environment’. For instance, his mother speaks mandarin, his father speaks cantonese, and his environment speaks french.

He cannot make proper sentences, or speak clearly. He has trouble pronouncing things correctly, but I do not know if he’s following his parents’ accents, or if he just can’t say it. I tell him a word, IE: Black, and he’ll say it completely different from what I’ve said.

Furthermore, I should add that everyone in our family grew up in ‘language environments’ like his. I grew up with four/five languages, but I managed to speak clearly by the time I was two years old.

He also has trouble learning things. In his group swimming lessons, he’s often left behind because he can’t learn what the other kids are learning. He often repeats things over and over again. He doesn’t remember stuff you tell him unless it is repeated over and over again. Despite that, I do feel that he gets along well with other kids, and is somewhat of a smart child.

The question is: Should we be worried? Is he exhibiting characteristics of learning disabilities?
For your information, we have taken him to a doctor, speech therapist and child phychologist.

They all pointed out that he has been exhibiting qualities of autistic children, not extreme, but enough to be mild autism.

In addition, the speech therapist has also added that children should be speaking with an understanding by the time they reach 3, 4 years old, and if by the time of 6 years old, he still cannot be put words together or speak with an understanding, than there is a problem.

I’m sure I wasn’t the golden child. If you don’t have your facts correct, than don’t bother. All children are different, I completely agree, but if everyone thought like you did, than nobody would get the help them needed, because EVERYONE is different.

Thanks to everyone else who helped. (:

What Mandarin accent(s) are these?

Earlier today I was on YouTube searching for videos where they speak Mandarin slowly and clearly (without any English translation because I wanted to focus just on how things are being pronounced) and I came across what look like Christian-related videos in Mandarin Chinese.

Now, I don’t need any translation. You don’t even have to listen to the whole thing, as long as you can tell me where the accents come from. I understand that within Mandarin there are different accents: Beijing, Tianjin, Harbin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou/Hong Kong, Taipei, Hainan, etc.

Please tell me which region(s) of China these accents come from.
Thank you!

1) Male Narrator (8 min. 35 sec.)

2) Female Narrator (9 min. 11 sec.)

I can and did read the titles myself, thank you very much. But I wanted answers from native speakers.

im learning mandarin chinese, but not learning the standard characters. im learning the traditional characters, because my boyfriend is taiwanese, and one day when we can speak it fluently we plan to go to taiwan. but sume people keep saying that not all taiwan speaks mandarin, and some of the words have different accents. im a bit confused on that part… cus now i dont know if i need a mandarin phrase book, or a taiwanese phrasebook. but im learning mandarin chinese(traditional) from rosetta stone, and sumetimes get a bit confused sense there is no glossary or dictionary, can someone help me please, i dont know if i made the right disition to learn mandarin chinese(on a count of some ppl said that in sume places in taiwan they speak different language)

Quick Mandarin Chinese Translation!!!?

What does this sentence translate to in English from Mandarin (no accents on my computer)?? (homework)

Wo you liang ge didi.

THANK 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)