So far, I’ve only met THREE Chinese guys who could CLEARLY UNDERSTAND both Cantonese and Mandarin and can speak both languages fluently. The rest are like, "What? What did he say?" (my friend’s translation.)

Pronunciation of sounds in Mandarin and Korean?

I’ve recently begun studying Mandarin Chinese and Korean.

Now obviously there are many sounds in each language that are not in English, but I’m curious about similarities between sounds in these two languages.

One sound (two sounds?) in particular has caught my attention. They both seem to be similar in some ways to English "s" but with the tip of the tongue touching the bottom teeth. So here is my question: are the sounds represented by "x" in pinyin and by ㅅ in hangeul the same sound?

Should i learn Mandarin or Japanese?

I have put quite a bit of thinking into this and i factors the reasons why i should learn both languages.
Mandarin:
-China will soon have the largest economy in the world
-I’m thinking of having a career in east asia
-My mother is chinese
Japanese:
-I have thorough interest in Japanese culture
-I read/watch a lot of Japanese shows
-I already know around 50 japanese words off by heart

I would like to know your thoughts and personal experiences in learning either of these languages, and which one would be easier to start learning as an English speaker, thanks :).

What language should i learn?

I’m taking a language class in school, and we have six languages we can learn from.

– Italian

– Spanish

– Mandarin Chinese

– Japanese

– German

– French

I’m leaning toward German, because my mom speaks it and i think it would be cool if we could talk in German to each other XD

But what’s your opinion?

Should I learn Mandarin or Japanese?

I know that I want to learn one of these languages, but I don’t know which one to choose.

What language should I learn next?

I think of branching out into another Asian language in about a year, but am not sure if I should tackle Japanese, Mongolian, Korean or Tibetan… I would do this just for fun and to have access to literature in one of these languages. I already read, write (both traditional and simplified) and speak Mandarin Chinese. Any suggestions? Any comments about the individual languages? Any experiences with these languages? Thanks a lot.
My mothertongue is German.
Oh yes, and please no infantile remarks, please. FYI, my life is translation work!

What does an Air Force Intelligence officer do?

Basically I would like to know as much information about the career field as possible. I am doing research but nothing compares to talking to someone who has done it. Or someone in the military who is familiar with it practically and not just theoretically (eg: by googling it).

Also, how do speaking other languages like arabic or mandarin come into play with this career feild?

What does an Air Force Intelligence officer do?

Basically I would like to know as much information about the career field as possible. I am doing research but nothing compares to talking to someone who has done it. Or someone in the military who is familiar with it practically and not just theoretically (eg: by googling it).

Also, how do speaking other languages like arabic or mandarin come into play with this career feild?

I currently attend a huge university, one of the biggest in the US, and roughly 15% of our students are international students, most from East Asia, the majority of whom are Chinese international students who usually are there for a semester/year. While I am American born-n-raised Asian, something I’m not going to boast about because there are indeed negatives of being a minority, I did learn a lot of East/Southeast Asian culture from travelling there almost ever damn summer lol and can identify East/Southeast Asian language pretty well when it is spoken so I’d venture to say roughly 70% of international Asians at this school are Han Chinese, most speak Mandarin and not Cantonese. From experience the the majority of the rest are South Korean and then Japanese/Southeast Asians share an even share.

There is a Chinese chick in my class who I would be attracted to but the main problem is a huge language barrier. There is a mutual attraction definitely according to my friend. But I’m not sure if this will ever work because of language barrier. While I’m East Asian like her, my ancestors left China in the 1800s to go to Thailand so really the only two languages I’ve been raised to know well are English and Thai and aside from obvious East Asian Shanghai looks (where most ancestors are from) I usually identify as Thai.

The only language me and her share are English and my lame command of Mandarin. Whereas she is excellent at Mandarin but not English. Interracial/’inter-lingual’/whatever relationships are mainly about culture, since without culture there wouldn’t be "race." I feel that because of language, the different in our culture (philosophical, religious, and somewhat fiscal matters) might be rather vast and a relationship couldn’t last, no?

Background: I am Filipino. English is my second language I studied it since nursery.

I have been learning French for 4 years now and I think that’s it’s about time to start learning another one. I like all these languages. Mandarin I think will be a strong point for me in the future if I master this language but I dont have too much passion and interest for China. Probably just for the language and the tones. It’s like a song to the ears. I know it’s very difficult and so I must take it seriously. However, I have always wanted to learn another European language. I have a HUGE passion in Europe. Europe is my dream and I hope that I get to live there one day. France is my love. I think it would be an advantage to learn Spanish because it is widely spoken. However, German is also an advantage business-wise? What do you think? Im really torn. I want to choose the best one. My heart is with Europe (Spanish vs German) but I think it would be wise to learn Mandarin… So what is the next step? Help me please!

Well, the different dialects and languages…

And don’t just say, "Chinese" or "Mandarin" or "Cantonese". I’m talking…ALL dialects…please 🙂

I was just wonderin’.

=] Thanks

I’m fluent in English and it’s my native tongue. I don’t like Spanish since Ive been taking classes in school since 2nd grade and know nothing (going into 8th grade). I downloaded a Korean and Japanese app on my iPod to help learn the languages. I started with hiragana. I also want to learn Mandarin though. Are Korean, Japanese , and Mandarin all helpful to know? Which is hardest and the easiest?

I love Asian culture and would love to visit these countries when I’m older. I’m only 14 right now so I have time. I’m very determined to learn and I take my work very seriously. I want to learn the writing and language and I am well aware that I must take these languages one at a time.

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. (:

Perfect my French or begin Mandarin Chinese?!?

Helllo! I have reached quite a intermediate/low advanced level of french in the past and now have the oppurtunity to take Advanced Higher French at University. Upon completion of these classes, I would have ‘advanced proficiency’/near-native like proficiency of the French Language.

HOWEVER, one cannot deny the every growing Chinese economy. I am also an Economics/Finance student…and China is set to be the worlds next superpower so Chinese would be extremely useful. Especially since i am australian…where China is so close by..and our biggest trading partner economically…..However I would have to start Chinese at a low level…

but i do think that i tend to pick up languages quite well and have no hesitation with /practising talking to myself in french/chinese on the bus etc.

what do you think?

i came from a private school to a public school this year i am taking spanish two because im almost fluent. im doing the pre ib program and you have to take four languages im thinking about taking mandarin next year is there and easier language for me to take thanks :]

How do I speak Mandarin and Cantonese separately?

Most people in my family speak both. But they just spoke one language at first, then learned the other language later. They never mix them up in the same sentence but they sometimes alternated sentences in separate languages. They’d use 2 or 3 if you count English as well to speak to me but they’d finish a full sentence in one language before using another one.

I learned both Mandarin and Cantonese at the same time. For some reason I never could separate them well. I do the same as my family, speaking all 3 languages. However, I have an extra quirk. In the SAME sentence I could speak Mandarin and Cantonese. Though I never mixed English and Chinese in the same sentence. No one really cared, at least they understood me. But my parents told me I did separate them when I was little and never mixed them up but after a while I somehow kept speaking them all mixed together, and it still continues.

However, I’ve been living in Hong Kong for over 5 years. Whenever I talk people think I’m strange because I keep speaking Mandarin and Cantonese in the same sentence wherever I go. Some get confused at what I’m saying but I get responses in both Cantonese and Mandarin, sometimes both. Anyway so I spoke English instead sometimes, but sometimes it resulted in communication problems because they didn’t understand or couldn’t speak English well so I went back to speaking Mandarin and Cantonese.

I don’t know why but I can’t seem to separate the two languages. I never mix up English but English is completely different from Chinese so that’s a lot more of a difference.

I’m not sure what is it with the spoken part of the languages. I learned both traditional and simplified character at the same time too. My parents say I kept writing both forms mixed together when I was little. I remember that well, sort of because it had continued later on as well. But then somehow I managed to separate them and you’d never find my writing with both character types anymore, it’s either all simplified or all traditional.

Can anyone help? My family tells me who knows why I’m like that and that I’m just weird.

By the way, I never mix up Chinese with English, you’d never find me speaking English and Chinese in the same sentence. But then English is completely different from Chinese so that’s a lot more of a difference.

Do you consider the percentages of people who speak various languages in the world or would you say Spanish because Mexico is our neighbors?

Chinese, Mandarin 13.69%, Hindi 2.82%, English 4.84%, Spanish 5.05%, Bengali 2.68%, Portuguese 2.77%, Russian 2.27%, Japanese 1.99%, German, Standard 1.49%, Chinese, Wu 1.21% (2004)

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?

how many people speak Mandarin and English?

and i heard mandarin and college go together well
i heard Canon only has excs on it board that speak that, and they have a interest in solar technologies

what the difference in language between mandarin and other languages with similar origins

I plan on signing up for these classes at city college. I’m not sure how Spanish IV will translate as credit at my high school (I am enrolled in AP Spanish for the fall). The reason why I want to learn these languages is because many of friends happen to be Chinese and I want to talk to them in Mandarin (I live in San Francisco, it’s very diverse). German to me appeals to me since English originated from it. Anyway, is it do-able to do all 3?

Is Mandarin a Polite and Fancy Language?

I have heard from my teachers that Japanese, Korean, British-English, and French are ‘Fancy Languages’, because they don’t sound harsh when spoken, and are well mannered.

Is Mandarin Chinese impossible to learn?

I’m 15 years old, I have an interest in languages, and aspire to be an interpreter/translator one day. I know learning this language will be highly beneficial, but due to the tones and thousands of characters, it almost seems impossible to learn for a Westerner.

Does anyone here have experience learning Mandarin Chinese? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Especially if you have a lot of free time? What if the American finds learning both of those languages easy to learn and learns it fast? So, what I’m asking is that, " Is that person gifted?" how long will that person be fluent if she works hard like about 2 hours a day? How long will you assume?
The whole thing, I was talking about myself, sorry I didn’t give that info.

i did a two year course in high school learning mandarin chinese, now deciding on university im very keen on a course that offers a year abroad in japan (if they offered a year in china there wouldnt be a problem) so the problem is, would it be very hard for me to move from chinese to japanese (university offers a compulsory japanese language course with the subject i will be studying)?
i understand kanji is similar to chinese (if not the same) but does it sound the same in both languages? when does hiragana and katakana come in?

I only have three years of school, and this year I wasted trying to learn French (a quickly made decision I have regretted). But I’ve always wanted to learn Mandarin, because of my fascination with chinese culture. But my dad says that I should learn Spanish because it’s so widely spoken. Plus, I want to learn it as well. I can learn two languages; would it be nigh impossible to learn both of these languages?
"?" I meant I only had three years of highschool left.

Should I learn Cantonese or Mandarin?

I really like Hong Kong, and I want to move there. I have some knowledge in both dialects. I really like "unique" languages, but I am going into business… However, I really like Hong Kong, and Mandarin isn’t to "exciting"… Also, depending on your answer, could you please give some information on the dialect, and why you think I should learn that instead? THANKS!!

My college is offering Mandarin Chinese and Japanese this semester I would like to take both but I’m nervous it’ll be hard to learn the 2 languages at the same time, I’m worried I’ll confuse the characters and pronunciation of the languages.

Should I give it a try anyway? Or should I just learn the one first then learn the next one?

This is for a work of fiction; I want to get my details correct. I understand Cantonese and Mandarin are the two languages, Mandarin being the newer one. Could a Chinese character be one of these, perhaps Cantonese? Or is there another terminology that describes Chinese characters, and the word Cantonese just describes pronunciation? Thanks for any help.

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?

I am 15 and I have started learning Mandarin Chinese, I really would like a job in international something but I’m not sure what :L. I really like languages.

Does it increase salary and what are the benefits?

Thanks

For mandarin speakers!?

How you feel if you can’t speak Cantonese?

I am not curious, i just want to research for myself.

I heard a lot of people tell me that it’s good to speak both Chinese dialects if you a chinese. Cantonese is not a important dialect in China, but the more languages you learn, the better your brain functions.

You see I speak Cantonese but i can’t speak Mandarin and believe me, Mandarin is not an easy language to learn.

I grew up in a family that spoke Taishanese (dialect of Cantonese). As I grew older, I stopped being able to speak it although I understand it functionally. Unfortunately, I can’t understand the Cantonese they speak in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. I’m taking college classes in Mandarin right now and I have a pretty good interest in relearning my native dialect… if I learned Mandarin well enough, would it help me at all with knowledge of Cantonese? I know those two languages are fairly different… but still, I still notice many similarities with slightly different tones and pronunciations.

How many languages do you speak?

I speak three… Cambodian, English and Mandarin chinese… But I can count number in many languages. Vietnamese, Thai, French, German and Japanese…

from what i hear, hardest is one of these….
korean, german, latin, chinese (mandarin) , english, arabic and hindu

and the easiest language to learn is i hear…
spanish, japanese, french, russian, porteugese

not too sure, im a korean that was born and raised in america, that also happen to speak japanese, so im unaware of the diffuculty of these languages

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