Considering the facts that I am a white girl with no Asian relations, grew up in a 99.9% white community, and speak English as a first language, is it possible for me to become fluent in Korean and Mandarin? I’m pretty smart (I get A’s in every subject), but I wonder if being smart is enough to learn Korean or Mandarin and speak and write them well.
What would be the best method to learn Korean? Like are there certain books or maybe Rosetta Stone?

How easy and long will it take for me to learn Thai?

Urm ….. I learn Mandarin Chinese and I find it really easy with pronunciation and just generally
I speak some Burmese as well
so Tones are no issue
My first language is English
I grasp foreign grammar quite well
I just wonder about Thai

I feel awkward speaking Chinese ( mandarin)?

I know a fair bit of Chinese, but I just feel awkward pronouncing it with the tones.

It’s not that I don’t know the tones, I’m just reluctant to say it. How can I fix this and be more comfortable in speaking Chinese..?

I have Chinese friends, but their first language is Cantonese, not Mandarin. I just feel really awkward speaking with the tones, so I sort of just "say it". eh, I know that’s the worst thing you can do, but how can I be more, well, confident….I know to get better I have to speak more….

谢谢! 🙂

I am Mexican, but I do not speak Spanish. Both of my parents are Mexican, but only my mom speaks Spanish. I speak fluent English, it is my first language. I get crap if I mess up when I try to speak Spanish even though English is the only thing I have been around for the majority of my life. I live in America, it’s the language I had to learn to get around in life.

Is there another person out there who doesn’t speak their ethnic language? (Like a Chinese person who doesn’t speak Mandarin.)

I’m thinking of learning either Mandarin or Japanese for my second language. Technically, I have some background in Spanish, but I really dislike it, so I’d like to learn something completely different and I’m very interested in doing study abroad in either China or Japan. Obviously my first language is English. I was wondering if you could give me some pros and cons to the languages themselves — I have heard that Japanese is harder to learn for English speakers? But I also heard that both have a very rigid grammatical structure and don’t have the complicated verb conjugations that you have to deal with in Spanish. Anyway… thoughts?

After Mandarin Chinese, what is the most widely spoken first language?

Trying to learn 2 languages at the same time?

My first language is French and I speak English fluently. I recently took Mandarin classes and I am now listening to lessons on CDs (Pimsleur ones, they are famous and have a great reputation, and from the lessons I listened up to now I have to agree). I listened about 10h of Pimsleur, took 25h of Mandarin classes and I have been to China for 3 weeks, so I can manage small talks but nothing more. Later in my life I am interested in doing inernational business in Asia, so I would like to also learn Japanese. I now have the Japanese version of Pimsleur.

Both languages are extremely different, one have tones and the other don’t have any (which makes it very easy to make the difference between both, even with a single word), the gramar of both languages are different, the sentence structures are different, most of the words in Mandarin only contains 1 syllable and the opposite is true for Japanese.

Can I learn both at the same time? Should I listen to 1 lesson a day of each?
Note: A lesson is 30min and the total on all the CDs is 45 hours, so a total of 90h for both languages, but you sometimes have to listen to the same lesson over again so I would say it will be more like 100h+ if I finish everything.

Should I complete Mandarin first and then go with Japanese? Should I listen to each of them every days? Like I said the languages are very different so I don’t think I could get confused. I am 17 years old by the way (well still 16 but I will be 17 on Tuesday) so it should be easier than for an adult.

I thought about doing something like that: 1 Lesson of Japanese, 30min break, 1 Lesson of Chinese. Is it a good idea?

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.

Which is easier to learn cantonese and then mandarin or the opposite.And, when I learn the first language, will I spend to much time too to learn the 2nd language

I speak English as my first language. I can hold a conversation in Irish(Gaeilge). And I am learning French. I want to learn Japanese and am self learning it now. I’d like to learn lots of other languages like Spanish, Mandarin(Chinese), Indian, German, Italian, lots! I’m 15, what age are you? Thanks.

How do I say "bright flame" in Mandarin Chinese?

I am writing a story with a main character who speaks Mandarin as a first language. "Bright flame" is how he refers to a special woman in his life, one whom he admires a great deal and is a great source of inspiration for him.

I know Cantonese(粵語) is the most widely spoken language in Hong Kong.
Many Hong Kong people speak Cantonese as their first language.

Then what is Hong Kong people’s second language?
Is it English or Mandarin(Putonghua普通話)?
Which language do Hong Kong people generally speak better?

I heard before that Mandarin Chinese is the most "spoken" language in the world. Before I heard this, I thought that English held that title. Is Mandarin Chinese just the most common native/first language? Is English the most universally known language?

I don’t know exactly what was measured in order to obtain this fact.

Where in china speaks mandarin as first language?

Hello, Which provinces/cities speak mandarin as a first language besides Beijing and Shenzhen?

Thanks.