I know that the main difference is pronunciation, but are the written forms the same? Are the sentences structured the same way?

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

Help with some Mandarin words?

I’m having some trouble with the pronunciation of some Mandarin words.
These are:
1) Qin, Qi, and Qing. Being a Cantonese speaker, I always thought that the "q’s" were pronounced like the "q’s" in Cantonese (which has no equivalent in English). For instance like 請 when pronounced in Cantonese. But, people always say that instead of like "q" in Cantonese, it’s like "ch" in English. I simply had a hard time believing that it would be as easy as just "ch" in English, but sometimes when I hear it, it really sounds closer to "ch" than "q" in Cantonese. Is it really just "chin" "chi" and "ching" EXACTLY, or something like it but slightly different? It seems like "Cong" has the "q" sound I’m looking for more than "Qing." Or is it that in some tones, the qin/qing/qi is pronounced exactly like the "ch" in English, in some tones, slightly different, and in some more like "q" in Cantonese?
2) Guan. I use mdbg.net a lot. The way they pronounce it on there makes it sound like "Gwun" not something like "gwaan" or "gwon." I just want confirmation that it’s "gwun."
3) Zhang. So when a Chinese word is written in pinyin with "zh" it’s actually usu. pronounced with a absolute "j" not a "zh" like the beginning of 真 in Cantonese? Words that begin with "zh" confuse me a lot because when I hear it, it seems like the "zh" is a downright "j" sound.
4) Shan. I know in English they just say "shan" outright, but in Mandarin, it’s rarely the same. Is it really just "shan" or is it "shaan" (rhyming with 山 in Cantonese [saan] or Ban in Mandarin) or "shun" or what?
Also (5) Jing. As in Beijing or Nanjing. Is it just "jing" or is it more like "zhing" like 靜 (quiet/calm) in Cantonese? I’m sorry that I compare the sounds to Cantonese so much, but I don’t know how to represent the sounds I’m talking about in any other way.
Yeah, Beijing in Cantonese is "buht ging." I started wondering over it because in the Mandarin news sometimes I thought I heard a mix of "j" and "zh" in the "jing" sound. I actually still kinda hear it too in the link that the first person gave me, but only in the top tone not the other tones. Maybe it’s just because I’m inexperienced in Mandarin so I keep on hearing the wrong things.

I’m still hearing a closer to "j" sounds than "z" in the "zh" row. Actually, zh is what I keep on calling for the sounds of the "z" row. Maybe that’s my mistake, and maybe there’s no "zh" sound in Cantonese? I’ll have to think about that.

But thanks for the help so far guys! x]
Nevermind, I realized what I was hearing wrong for the jing in the top tone. So that’s settled lol.

I know it is not always the best way to learn-but it helps with my pronunciation.

How to find a good face-to-face Chinese tutor?

I have learn Chinese with https://www.cchello.com ,more than 3 months,and I have a good teacher online,but I want to take a face-to-face Chinese course .If you are a Chinese with good pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese,please contact me at once.thx

They said something about Japanese characters actually come from Chinese but where did all this Kanji come from and where did their earlier forms of pronunciation come from too? I was wondering after a long year study of Japanese and being exposed to Japanese in Pokemon Colosseum, in which I didn’t notice it was Japanese and some French language speaker in which I didn’t notice it was French either.

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 you say Saturday in Mandarin (Chinese)?

i’m not asking for the chinese characters 星期六. I’m asking for the pronunciation.

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?

Is this Chinese pronunciation good?

Id like to learn from these online lessons. https://mandarin.about.com/od/pronunciation/tp/audio_clips.htm
https://mandarin.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/Changing_Tones.htm
it includes audio, but im not sure about the pronunciation. is it good?

Please translate this:

"Hello! My name is Jackie Chan, and it’s very nice to meet you! Wait…"

I need the translation of this for a presentation.

I asked this earlier, but for some strange reason it was deleted on Community Guidelines.

Please add the pronunciation too if you can.

Thank you for your help~! 😀

How do you say this in Mandarin Chinese?

Please translate this:

‘Hello! My name is Jackie Chan, and it’s very nice to meet you! Wait…"

I have to say that in Mandarin Chinese for a presentation.

Please include pronunciation if you can.

Thanks for the help! 😀
Also, could you translate it in Cantonese too? I’m going to need both translations.

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?

Mandarin Chinese questions.?

I have a few questions about Mandarin; try to answer as many as you can… Thanks!

Ok, whenever I speak to my friend in Mandarin, he pronounces the "zh" sound like a regular "z" and the "sh" found like an "s" sound. Is this correct? He is a native speaker so I assume it is right.

Also, whenever we talk in Mandarin, he has to speak slowly in order for me to understand him, how can I improve my listening skills when I listen to a native speaker speak at his normal rate?

One more…. Is there a website or book with audio that can help my pronunciation when speaking Mandarin?

Thanks!
He is from beijing.

Mandarin Chinese questions.?

I have a few questions about Mandarin; try to answer as many as you can… Thanks! Ok, whenever I speak to my friend in Mandarin, he pronounces the "zh" sound like a regular "z" and the "sh" found like an "s" sound. Is this correct? He is a native speaker so I assume it is right.

Also, whenever we talk in Mandarin, he has to speak slowly in order for me to understand him, how can I improve my listening skills when I listen to a native speaker speak at his normal rate?

One more…. Is there a website or book with audio that can help my pronunciation when speaking Mandarin?

My friend is from Beijing.
Thanks!

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 can communicate in Mandarin well, looking to expand my vocabulary and learn how to read and write at a higher level. I am currently taking a beginner Chinese course at my college. It’s quite frustrating since they are just learning about pronunciation and a bunch of basic stuff that I already know. I tried to take Chinese II last semester, but there was a lot of pin yin rules that I didn’t know in Chinese II.

Should I just stay in Chinese 1 and wait to improve to move on to Chinese 2? Or should I seek a Chinese class outside my university that targets native speakers who are just looking to improve? Do those classes even exist?

How do you say in Mandarin…?

My sister is getting a gift for her fiancé (who is from China) and she wants to engrave a message on it in Chinese characters.

How do you say "Forever Yours" in Mandarin?

1) Pinyin

2) Chinese characters (not traditional, I think)

3) Pronunciation

?

Xiexie for your help! 😀

How would you say this in Mandarin?

ok so…
人 = man… and the pronunciation is "ren"
神 = Holy… and the pronunciation is "shen"

So would the pronunciation for "holy man" or "priest" or whatever become… "shen ren"?

Or have I got something wrong here??

Also could someone please give me a link to a page on Chinese sentence structure?

Im learning Mandarin.. any tips?

Im learning Mandarin Chinese in my spare time. I have a neighbor that speak Mandarin but he is much older than me and I think it would be hard to practice with him until I can speak more fluently (his english is not very good at all).

Are there any websites, books, particular phrases that anyone would suggest to me?

Also does anyone know any tricks for learning pronunciation on your own?

Just wondering, I read that writing your name in Chinese makes a different sort of pronunciation. For example the name John can be written/pronounced "Yue Hahn".
Caroline is pronounced "Care-o-line"… Any help is appreciated! 🙂

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 do you say "I like fried rice" in Mandarin?

Please phoneticise in English-online help has been real good-Thanks again-pronunciation is difficult -but I am working on it.

This is for a medical Chinese (Mandarin) class. I don’t get the r. None of the ways I have seen it explained make sense to me! The explanations that I’ve read seem to contradict each other. My professor is Chinese so she isn’t much help. I need an English speaker, preferably American or Canadian, to let me in on a good secret to getting this pronunciation right. Thank you!

How do you say "I love chocolate" in Mandarin?

Please include the pronunciation. Thank you!

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,

Kaohsiung_Michigan

Can someone help with the pronunciation?

Can someone help with the pronunciation?
This is a song in CHinese.

I know how to pronounce it in MANDARIN, but not in HOKKIEN (which is the local dialect in Taiwan.)

Can someone please write down using English letters the Hokkien pronunciation of this song?

First to do so gets 10 points, thanks!

望春風﹕原收錄“鄧麗君轟動東南亞閩南語歌曲”(19… 專輯中﹐此曲於1933年發表﹐首唱為純純。
曲﹕鄧雨賢
詞﹕李臨秋

獨夜無伴守燈下 春風對面吹
十七八歲未出嫁 看著少年家
果然漂緻面肉白 誰家人子弟
想要問伊驚呆勢 心內彈琵琶

想要郎君做尪婿 意愛在心內
等待何時君來採 青春花當開
聽見外面有人來 開門甲看覓
月娘笑阮憨大呆 被風騙不知
BTW if the text appears funny (like squares and question marks), it means your PC doesnt have the necessary Chinese fonts.

Please translate to Mandarin Chinese?

My break/vacation went well.
How was your break?
Shall we grab lunch
Saw any good movies during break?
Any word on how the PHD Qualifying exam went?
Cat
Dog
Beer
Museum
Hotel

Please write phonetically using pinyin (My pronunciation is acceptable)
I am male talking to a friend who is female.

Please give me the pronunciation (how to sound it out) too if possible.

How do you say fat freind in Mandarin Chinese?

Pinyin or sound out in English the pronunciation.

How do you say "Take me to a strip club," in Mandarin?

Pronunciation and such?

And yes. I did get this question from Desperate Housewives.

Can you give me the characters and the pinyin so I know the pronunciation. You are welcome to give me the meaning for the characters as well 🙂

I am using Levels 1-3 now in preparation for travelling to Beijing and Shanghai. I have read some negative reviews of the pronunciation used and the correction method through the headset, and want to be sure I’m not making a big mistake by relying on it. Of course, I’m also watching news programs, etc. in Mandarin, but I can’t listen closely enough at the normal speed to pick up the actual enunciation of words.

I can speak some Thai and was wondering if the tones work in the same way. I know pronunciation is different but what about intonation?
Are the rules similar?

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

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