New Cousin My Aunt Is Adopting From China Agian.. Help?

My aunt has decided to adopt from china agian, after adopting a baby girl Sophie back in 06, but she was only about a little over a year when they got her (she turned 4 in june) Everything went as smooth as possible, and she adapted very well. She learned English as her primary language, so the language barrier was not a problem. However, the little boy Jax my aunt is going through the process of adopting right now, has just turned 7 and knows no english that we know of. They have just began the adoption basically, just sending in his care package not even 3 weeks ago. So, there might be another year ahead. If so, he’d be 8, and it would be harder for him to learn English, and learn the customs and get used to life.
Any parents who have had a similar situation to this who would like to send some tips?
And the whole family is using rosetta stone to learn mandarin, to help talk to him

Questions-

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?

I cant speak my own language?

I have no talking ability in mandarin, but when people speak it to me, I can understand. My grandparents only speak mandarin, so if really sucks that I can’t talk to them. Apparently my parents said that I used to speak it when I was little, but somehow I just forgot. So my question is, how can I learn to speak mandarin, when my parents won’t let my take classes?
My parents do speak it with me at home.

I started up a Buddhist practice that requires chanting, and I am also a student learning Mandarin, and Spanish. When I chant, it is usually for about 30 minutes or more, without water and without breaks. My right side, front of my throat begins to hurt, and later that day or the next, it is a lot harder for me to speak Mandarin (a tonal language).

Since childhood I was very soft spoken, and my parents have complained that I was too quiet or mumbling. I believe that my voice may be resonating in the wrong parts (in my throat instead of my chest), or that I am just not using the back of my throat to speak. Maybe imagine whispering versus yelling to get an idea of front versus back (for parts used).

On top of using just the front, I believe I have conditioned my tongue to always lean to the left when speaking, so only the right side has air flow. Close half of your mouth, and lean your tongue to that side, and then talk.

How can I fix my problem? Please include any resources.

I get laughed at/looked down on by Chinese people for being unable to speak Chinese. They get all anal and say things like "You’re not a real American because you have a Chinese face" when A) I wasn’t born nor raised in China, and B) My parents never spoke Mandarin to me, ever.

I want to learn Mandarin…?

My parents are Taiwanese and speak Mandarin to each other but I only speak English because they never wanted to teach me Mandarin or send me to Chinese school. Now they complain about how I can’t speak Mandarin and can only mostly-understand it! Ugh. Anyways, I love Taiwan and have always wanted to learn Mandarin. Do you think its too late to learn Mandarin at age 15-ish? And do you have any strategies or tips on learning it? Thanks!

PS- Do my parents have to be very involved? I’m scared that I’ll butcher the language and embarrass myself…

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. (:

ok if you look at my last question before this, you’ll understand what i’m talking about =s

1. China is not even a developed country. It is dirty both inside and outside, not to mention the horrible Chinese parenting that the middle 20th century has carried along to the 21st century. My parents are Chinese, they are the exact echo of their own parents. They are people who put money first before love. They are extremely greedy people, who CONSTANTLY pin us down into studying our arses off and getting a good job as the common DOCTOR, LAWYER, SOLICITOR to get money and "LOOK AFTER ME WHEN I GROW OLD." Let alone the amount of racism towards every other race just vibing off that crappy country.

2. The streets are dirty, you look at the roads, and you know that this ain’t a proper civilized community. People do not wear seat belts in their cars when they are in the back seat, people cross the road whenever they like, and sometimes walk in the middle of the road along with the cars, like it is PATHWAY. People spit everywhere, air is polluted, and extremely crowded.

For such a dirty, uncivilized country, how could one even think of mentioning the possibility of China dominating Earth in 10 years?

中文 Mandarin Speakers…..?

1. Translate: I went home very late yesterday. When I came home my parents were watching T.V.

2. Translate: Every night I watch T.V. for an hour and a half.

3. How do you say "learned"?… character and pronunciation please.

Real Mandarin speakers only, no online translators.

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.

Mandarin. Worth it?

So I finished 7th grade today (WOOT!) and I’m starting to think about the courses I will take in high school. The high school that I want to get into teaches Mandarin and I’m tempted to choose it. My parents tell me that it is an extremely hard language in which I won’t get very far and only waste my own time, but I’m not entirely sure if I should take it. 1/3? of the world speaks Mandarin which is a good thing, but my parents are telling me that by the time I start working, those same people will speak English. So should I take it?
謝謝您. Google Translate is my friend =). Anyway thank you for clarifying that. I’ll just take French + Spanish instead.

Should I learn Mandarin Chinese?

Hi. I am currently in high-school. My parents are from Hong Kong and speak Cantonese but my father has learned to speak Mandarin. I know how to speak Cantonese but don’t know how to read it at all save for my name and the numbers 1 to 3. Is Chinese really that hard to learn or does it just take time which makes people think it is hard? I am motivated to learn it for various reasons. I am willing to devote necessary effort to it. Would it be recommended I learn it at my age or wait until I am older?

The song is about a chinese little girl that talks to her parents it’s really cute, but I’m not shure if it mandarin or mongolian, HELP ME PLEASE 😀

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 am Chinese myself. But I never learned how to read & write Chinese because I never went to Chinese school (I live in an English speaking country). I speak rudimentary Cantonese (but my parents also speak fluent Hakkanese and a bit of Mandarin).

I’d like to learn how to at least read and write Chinese.. since it’d be something useful.

So are Chinese characters the same regardless of whether you speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakkanese, etc?

Both my parents are filo, but i was born in Australia. (pic of me: https://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs467.ash1/25652_1395668613364_1281678514_31136191_1316514_n.jpg I’m not very filo looking >_<). Lately i feel ‘insuperior’ to other Asians, because some often categorize us as pacific islanders. We are pretty Asian.

But i don’t feel that proud of being a filo. My boyfriend and his friends are Chinese and Taiwanese. They often mistaken me as their own and start talking mandarin to me, then i have to clear things up by telling them my actual nationality.

Basically i feel somewhat left out, and nothing to proud of my country. I feel that we’re looked down upon by other Asians as poor, selfish, gold diggers.

I think i just want some words of wisdom to cheer me up and enlighten me. Because i actually want to embrace my nationality >_<!

Chinese/Mandarin Tour to Ayuthaya?

Hi, I will be travelling to bangkok in mid-June. I plan to visit Ayuthaya with my parents but they only speak Mandarin. Does anyone know whether there are any shared tours (private tours are way too ex) with Mandarin speaking guides to Ayuthaya?

Both my parents are filo, but i was born in Australia. (pic of me: https://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs467.ash1/25652_1395668613364_1281678514_31136191_1316514_n.jpg I’m not very filo looking >_<). Lately i feel ‘in superior’ to other Asians, because some often categorize us as pacific islanders. We are pretty Asian.

But i don’t feel that proud of being a filo. My boyfriend and his friends are Chinese and Taiwanese. They often mistaken me as their own and start talking mandarin to me, then i have to clear things up by telling them my actual nationality.

Basically i feel somewhat left out, and nothing to proud of my country. I feel that we’re looked down upon by other Asians as poor, selfish, gold diggers.

I think i just want some words of wisdom to cheer me up and enlighten me. Because i actually want to embrace my nationality >_<!

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

Spanish or Mandarin? 10 PTS!?

I’m in the 8th grade (Middle School) and I’m picking my electives for next year when I’ll be in high school. I have everything decided except for which language I’m going to take. It’s between Spanish and Mandarin, a chinese language, for those of you who don’t know what it is. Last year and this year I have been taking Spanish as one of my electives but that’s a total credit of only 1 year of spanish. So if i do take spanish in high school, I’ll be starting at Spanish 2.
I already know some mandarin (I’m asian but born in the US, and i went to chinese school like four years or so ago, but dropped it after abt 2 years). I can speak a little and understand a little(verbally). But i can’t read or write at all.
I probably know more spanish than mandarin. I want to learn both languages, but can’t due to the other electives I’m taking and I’m not changing them. I’m kinda leaning towards spanish cuz most of my friends are taking that and I already started it for 2 yrs. But my parents want me to take mandarin because they say that it’ll help me more in the future (when i’m applying or have a job, etc) because in like 10 yrs china will be pretty powerful (they presently are getting more powerful) and that the US will need work w/china more. So when i’m applying for a job or something and i can speak mandarin, that’ll be good to talk w/clients that speak chinese.

Please tell me what you think i should choose and list why (pros and cons, etc.) Sorry that was kinda long. Thank you soo much!!

How to say "save water" in Mandarin Chinese?

How do you say "save water" in Mandarin? My dictionary has provided no answers, my parents only speak Cantonese and my sister is hopeless. By "saving water", I mean as in conserving water, and reducing water consumption. I’ve also tried the online translators, but they keep giving me translations equivalent to "rescue the water". Urgh.

Language immersion and the Montessori Method?

Does anyone know of any research on language immersion programs and Montessori?

I ask because our daughter attends a new pre-school Montessori program that was originally planned to have a language immersion component.

There are three teachers in the school: one who speaks to the kids only in English, one just in Mandarin, one just in Spanish. And they had planned to have an after school (12:30-2:30 pm) immersion time, taught only by the relevant language teacher.

However, the folks running the school have decided that this approach goes against the Montessori method because children are not getting to choose which language to talk in during that immersion time.

However, we (and a number of other parents) feel that language is a very different animal from other subjects and that language immersion has such powerful benefits that it will be a real loss if the kids are able to opt out of it.

Anyone aware of research that would support either position?

How long would it take to learn Cantonese and Mandarin?

I am asian and I was raised in a cantonese-speaking household, but did not live in an asian country. My cantonese was learned by listening to my parents. I can speak cantonese but my vocabulary is very limited.

I want to learn to improve my cantonese to a wider vocabulary and I want to learn mandarin as well in case I visit an asian country, or meet one of my dad’s friends I don’t want to not know what to say.

How long would it take to learn?

how long will it take me to learn mandarin?

i am 14 year old boy and so i regret not learning mandarin younger because i am chinese and both my parents can speak and read cantonese and mandarin. i am pathetic, but anyways i have started to learn mandarin a little and i know some basic stuff like hello, how are you, thank you, goodbye, i love you, and some more basic stuff. im in china right now and i was wondering how long would it take me to speak and read and write fluently in mandarin???? i just hope it is not like after collage or something but like during high school which i am going to be a freshman in the fall. oh and why do younger kids learn new language faster than older ones? can i still learn mandarin pretty fast

I think I will let her know I love me?

Since her birthday is yesterday, I will wish her happy birthday. I will apologize to her for letting everyone know I like her and not letting her know. This is what I will say by phone.

I like you very much and I don’t expect you to like me back. I am sorry you were angry that I didn’t let you know I like you and you were angry with my friend because he didn’t let you know I like you. I like you because of your kindness, gentleness and you love to do charity. I have learned cooking because you are a homely girl, I have learned to be kind because you are a kind person. Even if you don’t like me back, but in your honor I will always be kind as you thought me what a kind person is. I have learned mandarin in hope that I can talk with you better. Even if you don’t like me back, I still can now talk mandarin. If you have any problems be it work or anything I will always be lending a ear to you. I will always be there for you no matter what happens whether you love me or not.
Even if she doesn’t like me I hope she finds someone who likes her since she is 28? I want her to be happy and nothing more. This my posts previously about her.
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AhDOXfiGNT6JGZZkLd3VAcfsy6IX?qid=20070612234340AAU4huY

I just hope my message is good enough. I wish she would like me back but if not I want to personally see she has a good life. I am just so sorry I didn’t let her know I like her before I left the company. I have tried to be a nice guy to suit her. I like cooking too. I wish I could wake up every morning cooking breakfast for her, cleaning up her house, looking after her parents because she love her parents and anything that will make her happy I gladly do it. I have never felt this way before with any girls.

My parents are from Taiwan, so I go to Taiwan a lot. I know Taiwan uses mostly traditional, but I think traditional is on the decline since China teaches mostly simplified, and China has more influence. So I’m learning simplified right now. What do you think?

My parents are from Taiwan, so I go to Taiwan a lot. I know Taiwan uses mostly traditional. However, I think simplified is better for the future, since China teaches it more, and China has much more influence. I think traditional is on the decline. So right now I’m learning simplified. What do you think?

How should I let her know I like her?

I am going to say this to her?

Since her birthday is yesterday, I will wish her happy birthday. I will apologize to her for letting everyone know I like her and not letting her know. This is what I will say by phone.

I like you very much and I don’t expect you to like me back. I am sorry you were angry that I didn’t let you know I like you and you were angry with my friend because he didn’t let you know I like you. I like you because of your kindness, gentleness and you love to do charity. I have learned cooking because you are a homely girl, I have learned to be kind because you are a kind person. Even if you don’t like me back, but in your honor I will always be kind as you thought me what a kind person is. I have learned mandarin in hope that I can talk with you better. Even if you don’t like me back, I still can now talk mandarin. If you have any problems be it work or anything I will always be lending a ear to you. I will always be there for you no matter what happens whether you love me or not.
Even if she doesn’t like me I hope she finds someone who likes her since she is 28? I want her to be happy and nothing more. This my posts previously about her.I just hope my message is good enough. I wish she would like me back but if not I want to personally see she has a good life. I am just so sorry I didn’t let her know I like her before I left the company. I have tried to be a nice guy to suit her. I like cooking too. I wish I could wake up every morning cooking breakfast for her, cleaning up her house, looking after her parents because she love her parents and anything that will make her happy I gladly do it. I will do anything in my power to make her happy.I have never felt this way before with any girls.
I think she likes me, here is why.

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgFvXycOqixoFAFgjWkT0_Hsy6IX?qid=20070612234340AAU4huY
To one of the person who replied, of course I don’t expect anything back, I will tell her that and of course I mean what I say.

I can speak write read and type mandarin
but im a little weak at english
can speak tagalog with people
simple english.
where and what kind of job can i find in manila philippines?
the other problem is im just almost (after this month) 18
years old…have working experience.but only at restaurant
the other thing is
im exactly filipino
thanks
i was born in philippines
raice in philippines and taiwan
but i live in taiwan while im teenage ( im only 17 years old now..almost 18 no far)
tutoring is hard to find students
cause there wasnt that more parents belive at the age of 17….to tutor there sons
but i really have a great skills in mandarin.
the same time im also learning the character of china (shortcut ? i dont what it call)
by looking the front and the back of the sentence,its not hard for me to know the meaning of the sentence

for the call center . i really dont know about the things of that job.and it seems you need to be very well in english,too…as you see,im not that good in english…but basic english and tagalog comunication to people is not problem for me
( age is the really one big problem )
raised..not raice…see 🙁 my english isnt that good (but someday i will master it too)
tourist guides …eh..
for truth. i never mind about it
= = manila isnt really a place that tourist are going to
most of tourist go to cebu or other more island look …..
im in manila Q.C.
thank for all of advsie 🙂

I have a friend from university whose surname is "Wong" and his parents are from Guangzhou. Which dialect of Chinese does he most likely speak? I want to learn some phrases in that dialect to surprise him.

I have Taiwanese parents but do not like going to community college. I don’t think Rosetta Stone teaches enough.

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)

if you speak mandarin chinese…?

and know the lyrics to Wilber Pan Wei Bo’s "Bu de bu ai" in MANDARIN, then could you please give me easy to learn lyrics? i’m half chinese, but my parents never got a chance to teach me the language. i absolutely love this song, and i would like to learn it. i have read the lyrics in pinyin, and was wondering if anyone could help me learn the song easier. i’ve tried to learn it just by listening to it, but it’s not the same. please help, and you WILL be rewarded!

THANK YOU!

if you speak mandarin chinese….?

and know the lyrics to Wilber Pan Wei Bo’s "Bu de bu ai" in MANDARIN, then could you please give me easy to learn lyrics? i’m half chinese, but my parents never got a chance to teach me the language. i absolutely love this song, and i would like to learn it. i have read the lyrics in pinyin, and was wondering if anyone could help me learn the song easier. i’ve tried to learn it just by listening to it, but it’s not the same. please help, and you WILL be rewarded!

THANK YOU!

Because, I want to intern at a pharmacy store but most of their customers are mandarin. My mandarin itself is elementary so I want to prepare as best I can. I just need the most common phrases/words in english. My parents speak mandarin so I can ask them for translation.

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