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

Mandarin Chinese: Where can I go from here?

Ok I’ve finally finished my Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese course and I’m kinda stuck as to what to do to learn more material. I could look through a dictionary I guess and try to learn words but I really like the Pimsleur method (Not just listen and repeat, forming sentences with previous knowledge.)

I’ve seen the FSI (Foreign Service) Mandarin Lessons and I guess I could go through them, but they’re ridiculously boring. Does anyone know a sort of fun way to boost vocabulary and even some grammar?

I go to China at the end of May to practice speaking in the environment but I have much to learn (and my listening skills SUCK)

Need Mandarin pinyin translation help?

I have a Rosetta Stone Mandarin and if you’ll see this picture:
I was wondering what the difference is between "mei you" and "mei zai"? Grammar-wise, what do they mean and how do they change a sentence meaning?

I would like to learn Mandarin very badly and am willing to study hard and work for my goal. There are no teacher in my town (already looked) so I figure Rosetta Stone would be a safe bet. Have you used it before for any language? I heard that I may want another source for grammar. What do you recommend, from your own experience? Are there ANY Rosetta Stone success stories out there? Thank you so much for your time! I greatly appreciate it! -Someone


could you please check this for grammar and word-choice?

我和我的奴朋友星期五去饭馆儿了。 我点了一盘饺子和一盘与。 她点了一玩白菜和一盘豆腐。 她吃素。我们都和茶了。 我吃晚饭以后, 看我一点儿钱都没有。 非常!我的奴朋友得花钱了。 她现在不是我的奴朋友。 。 。


Similarities between Japanese and Chinese characters?

I know the Japanese Kanji characters are derived from the Chinese (Hanzi?) characters, but how many look the same and have the same meaning in both languages? If I speak one language, how many of the other language’s characters would I understand (not taking Kana characters or grammar into account)?

And which language is better to start with if I want to learn both?

And just to clarify: I’m talking about Mandarin Chinese.

wanting to learn Mandarin?

My school offers the choice to take Mandarin and I’m considering taking it next year. But I’m a bit worried about whether I should or not.
I would like, if possible, any tips about the language? I know the writing is similar to Japanese kanji, which I understand. But I don’t know much about Mandarin grammar or pronunciation.
any tips or knowledge will be very appreciated

How long does it take to Learn Mandarin Chinese?

I can practice anywhere from half-hour to an hour a day. I have no Chinese friends, but do get along w/ Chinese people. I want to live in Taiwan in 3/4 years.

Also, i want to know mandarin on a just speaking fluently level, not characters…

I already know pronunciation of hanyu pinyin, i’ve mastered the tones, and I am starting the grammar.
I have been to chinatown 4 times, and they said my pronunciation was very good. I don’t know exactly how fast I learn.

I have to teach myself. I’m on a tight budget. To hear other ppl speak mandarin, I have to go on YouTube and watch the news from Taiwan, or my favorite Taiwanese drama, Fated to Love You.

Also, if you could give me some advice on moving to Taiwan, that would be EXTREMELY helpful.

Thank You,


How to learn vocabulary?

Im studying mandarin at university and I’m good with grammar and listening and speaking I need to practice but when I do Im alright at them, but my vocabularly is terrible – especially when it comes to writing. I mean I usually get 90 – 100% on reading exams but when I have to write it down my mind just blanks and I cant remember the character at all – anyone got any tips on how to improve my writing skills? and learn new vocabulary

Mandarin Chinese: Translation help please!?

So this is a paragraph I wrote in Chinese:

”大空间“在入口的前边。“大空间”在校园中间。它是公用。里边有一个厨房,自助餐厅,和空隙为活动。旁边是这的办公室。”大空间“后边是学科的建筑物。那座建筑物的右边是日宿舍还是nu的宿舍 。日宿舍的对面是月宿舍。男去nar。工程的建筑物在月宿舍下面。

This is what I meant it to say:

“Big room” at entrance’s front. “Big room” at campus’s middle. It is for public use. Inside has a kitchen, cafeteria, and space for activities. Nearby is this office. Behind “Big Room” is the science’s building. To that building’s right is Sun Dorm or girl’s dorm. Sun Dorm’s opposite is Moon Dorm. Boys go there. Below Moon Dorm is the engineering building.

~Could you tell me if I have the grammar and anything else right.

~I also want to change “Big room” to MPR (multi-purpose room) but I don‘t know how to write that in Chinese.

~Am I using “nu” (girl) and “nan” (boy) right?

~Oh, and when saying “ 学科的建筑物“ (science building), I am referring to a building where all the science studies will be taken and “工程的建筑物” (engineering building) for where the engineering classes will be but I can’t help but think I’m using that wrong. Is there a better way of saying those?

Thank you to those who answer these questions and help edit my work!

Question for someone who speaks MANDARIN CHINESE?

Hey can you check this paragraph I wrote for homework? I just want to see if grammar and such is correct.

我喜欢坐飞机。 飞机很快,很容易。 不过我就在匹兹堡家,所以我坐车。 我没有车,所以我的妈妈和爸爸开车送我去大学。 我这个寒假去fóluólǐdá 了。 我跟我的朋友坐飞机。 我们坐公共汽车回家了。


Give me a site with good grammar and character explanation and it has to be FREE!!

How different are they from each other? What are the differences in pronunciation and grammar?

for instance if i write 我们明天可以去香港 (women mingtian keyi qu xianggang) in mandarin, if a cantonese speaking person sees this sentence, will he be able to understand it perfectly just as though it was cantonese (whichever way you pronounce it in cantonese)

in other words, is the primary major difference between mandarin and cantonese is its pronounciation. Is there also major differences in grammar and vocabulary because when i see written cantonese, the structure and vocabulary seems to be pretty much the same with mandarin

What is easier to learn Mandarin or Japanese?

According to their Grammar, speaking, writing, reading, understanding, and amount of learning to do.
Doesnt Mandarin have particles too, just not as important as in Japanese?

I am beginning to learn Mandarin Chinese. I have two books for the grammar and tuttles book for vocabulary, but I want a book that has both vocabulary written in the characters and the pronunciation of these. Does anyone know of such a book?

If you speak Chinese (Mandarin), please read…?

I learned Mandarin a very long time ago and needless to say I am a very rusty and poor speaker/writer. Is there anyone who can speak/understand Mandarin Chinese that would be willing to act as a pen pal via email to help me improve my grammar/Chinese? I can read both simplified/traditional.
Thanks! Best answer still awarded, by the way. ^^


I can practice one hour a day.

I have mastered pinyin (writing, and pronunciation) and am starting on grammar.

How long will it take me?

ALSO: I learn "somewhat" fast…


Also, I’m 14… If that helps at all…
& I’m on a tight budget, so I HAVE to teach myself. To listen to other mandarin speakers, I go on YouTube.

Just wondering since I plan on taking classes outside of school, one or twice a week for the next three years. A large majority of the people in my community, not to mention my friends, are Mandarin, so I thought it might be useful to have knowledge of the language in case something comes up. Half of my step-family are from South Korea, which is why I’d like to learn Korean. Would it help if I’m Japanese (also taking classes to improve)? Which language is harder, in terms of pronunciation, grammar and writing?