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?

Can you translate this Mandarin pinyin to English?

"Wo hao jiu lai na gai dao"
Is it something about arriving early? I only speak cantonese really.

Should I learn Irish or Mandarin?

For various reasons, I have already started both. I can do basic greetings and numbers, and what not. I even used some of my Mandarin in China a few months ago as an independent traveler. But I also really want to learn Irish (I have an opportunity for free courses with a small group of people).
I will probably do both, so my question is more of a "which one should I learn first?"

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.

Can you please give me the English translation of 每一个国家都要 齐备的美德. Is that a proper sentence or could the "qi bei de mei de" part make sense if it was a different combination of characters? Thanks
具备! a ha, I think it’s most likely ju bei rather than qi bei. That makes much more sense. What I wanted was confirmation of what "ju (qi) bei de mei de" could possibly be, since I heard it in a podcast and was trying to figure out the characters. So maybe some other suggestions as to what "qi/ju bei de mei de" could be after 每一个国家都要….

Sorry I know this question is a little confusing
I think 要 here must mean "have to" rather than "want" like in 我要去上班. I think Frosty Elf is probably the closest here. Anyway, will check back for best answer in a couple days. Thanks again

"Dharma Picture" planning on giving it as a gift to my Buddhist landlord, but she doesn’t really speak English..or I’d like to tell her what it is..how do you pronounce this?

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.

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~! 😀

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.

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!

Do Taiwanese people speak Mandarin?

I know Taiwan isn’t in China. But they speak similar language don’t they?
I watch alot of taiwanese dramas and I think the language they are speaking is Mandarin .
And what’s the relationship between taiwan and china.
Previously, I used to think Taiwan is a part of China (sorry if I offened you) and why is Taiwan called "Republic of China" if it isn’t a part of China??
All of this is getting me confused.!! lol

This just be my opinion, but I’m a Cantonese speaker and people say that Vietnamese sounds like Cantonese (vice versa) all the time because of the "Ng" sound in a lot of words.

I can understand and speak Mandarin to a certain extent but I’ve been listening to people speak Korean lately (in dramas) and it sounds kind of like Mandarin.

Is it just me or do you think so too?

does people in taiwan speak mandarin or taiwanese?
im going to taiwan next month for a vacation and so i want to learn their language,however i have no idea what language does taiwan speak..
from english to chinese traditional,what are you doing in pinyin is Nǐ zài gànshénme?
but somehow when i see some other taiwan people said "what are you doing" its different…???

Last saturday night, I went clubbing with 4 hallmates.After I drank you bottles of beer, I started to feel dizzy.Also,I felt that my legs were as soft as cotton.I was feeling very excited.I felt that I had a tendency to giggle.However, I could still hear my friend’s onversations very clearly.2 of my friends,Liam and Katie,asked me if I was drunk or not. After that , Liam said to Katie " He was too bad, only 2 bottles of beer and he gets drunk , " he continues " No wonder! Because Chris ( that’s my name ) is a Chinese.Then Katie said to me " You should sorry for being Chinese . Haha " Then she asked me " You are drunk.. I ask you something .Is Bobby your best friend ? " (In fact, Bobby , 1 of my hallamtes,is the guy I spent most of the time to hang out with , but Bobby is not close to her)" Then, she talked Mandarin in a very strange way and laughed at me.Next day,1 hallmate(he didn’t go clubbing ) said to me " You got drunk last night right ? Many people at hall has known about this "
Are my hallmates racists
or not ?

Mandarin to English translation?

This phrase may sound ridiculous, but what does "ni de nai nai xiang liao ge da xi gua" mean in English?

Urgent !Are the hallmates my good friends?

Last saturday night, I went clubbing with 4 hallmates.After I drank you bottles of beer, I started to feel a bit dizzy, but not drunk yet. I could still hear my friend’s onversations very clearly.2 of my friends,Liam and Katie,asked me if I was drunk or not. After that , Liam said to Katie " He was too bad, only 2 bottles of beer and he gets drunk , " he continues " No wonder! Because Chris ( that’s my name ) is a Chinese.Then Katie said to me " You should sorry for being Chinese . Haha " Then she asked me " You are drunk.. I ask you something .Is Bobby your best friend ? " (In fact, Bobby , 1 of my hallamtes,is the guy I spent most of the time to hang out with , but Bobby is not close to her)" Then, she talked Mandarin in a very strange way and laughed at me.Next day,1 hallmate(he didn’t go clubbing ) said to me " You got drunk last night right ? Many people at hall has already known this.
How do u think my hallmates?

I would really like to learn Mandarin Chinese to communicate with my co-workers and customers at my job. All I know is that "how are you" is "ni hao ma" in Chinese. Please help if you can. Thank you!

in Cantonese or mandarin how do you write…?

"Mei Chen’s crops won’t grow because the weather is so cold. so for her sake please support global warming"

I started to take Chinese classes right now, and learned how to pronounce the tones in one or two syllable. If you have to talk in long sentences then how do you speak with correct tones?

For example:
你好!I know that for the "ni" part, I’m supposed to raise the voice even though it’s actually a third tone. On the "hao" part, I’m supposed to drop the voice, then raise it back. The same way goes for the 很好!I know how to pronounce the tones correctly if I have to speak in one syllable or two, but I don’t know how to do it long sentences or incomplete phrases.

Let’s say if you’re saying something like “我爱你因为你很可爱!(I love you b/c you’re cute)”. Then how do you pronounce the tones perfectly? I just need help with the tones? I don’t want to get laughed at.

How do I say this in Mandarin Chinese?

I am a junior class marshal this year for the senior’s graduation and there is a Chinese girl, who actually speaks fluent Mandarin, in the class. On graduation day, I wanted to tell her…

"Congratulations! I am glad I have met you. Please come visit us next year!"

But I wanted to tell her in Chinese. So, how do you say that? Thanks in advanced!

xD

Speaking in mandarin to customers?

I’m applying for a job, and i know basic chinese….more than basic.
But i’ve never learnt how to speak to customers in mandarin.

Just wondering if anybody [who knows mandarin] could help me.
Things like:
"Which photo would you like to buy"
"How many photos would you like"
"How has your day been today"

and answers like:
"The second one"
"The first one"
"None"

if you know any sites [not translation sites necessarily], that would be great.

thanks for the help

How do you say this in Mandarin Chinese?

I am a junior class marshal this year for the senior’s graduation and there is a Chinese girl, who actually speaks fluent Mandarin, in the class. On graduation day, I wanted to tell her…

"Congratulations! I am glad I have met you. Please come visit us next year!"

But I wanted to tell her in Chinese. So, how do you say that? Thanks in advanced!

xD

How to say this in Mandarin Chinese?

I need Mandarin Chinese Translation of the following:

"Why is Elena S following BSherman like a lost puppy? Or is it that BSherman is following Elena S for obvious reasons?"

How can I really know if I speak well or not?

I have been studying mandarin Chinese and every times I speak with people of my age or older, they always basically say the same thing: Your Chinese is really great, you speak very well!

I actually beleived that because so many chinese people told me so but one time I spoke with a young child and he could not understand what I said because of my accent…

Then I realised every "grown up" was just telling me that to be polite.

Is there any way for me to know if I speak well or not? Every older people will always tell me that I speak well to be polite so I cannot rely on them. What should I do?

Should i learn mandarin or cantonese?

I know this has been asked many times, but i would still like to make sure whichever i learn first (i plan to learn both) is applicable. I read that mandarin is more of a "set in stone" language, where as cantonese is harder and has a lot of difficult rules, such as more tonals, but more incorrect use of tonals, this dosent bother me, im fairly good at learning languages and dont see myself having to much of a problem.

My biggest 3 fascinations with china are the monks, culture, and history. My dream would be to go live in a buddhist monestary for a short while. =)

As for where i would go is tricky, i would be switching between small villages and big cities, tho is i had to predict, i would guess i would be spending most of my time in smaller villages.

I do have friends from china who have been teaching me phrases in chinese, but i dont know which they are lol! They didnt know what Mandarin and Cantonese even where, because in china they say Pu tong hua (Mandarin) Guang dong hua (Cantonese). I just learned that today so i havent asked them which theyve been teaching me yet…..

As for other learning tools im sure i can find infor on both though i know mandarin has alot more on it.

Anyway based on my situation which would be best to learn first? Or have a better grasp on?

How do you say "empower the future" in Chinese Mandarin?

I know I am becoming a pain in your ass but I have another question on translating " empower the future" in Chinese Mandarin.

Please write your answers as this example: Nî hăo (nee how)

Many thanks

what is the best program to learn mandarin?

"Rosetta stone?" "Tell me more"?

I was in HK for a few days with a friend who spoke canto and although HKers tended to be nice towards him, they treated me like a piece of garbage and called me a "sai dai 6 yun". I was even dressed up nicely in brand name clothes and Louis Vuitton shoes just to show the Cantonese that us Mandos are clearly superior to them.

Why do they hate Mandarin people so much? My friend is from Guangdong province and he didn’t have any problems because he spoke canto. Also, people in Guangdong also treated me badly cuz they thought I was a Fujianese or Henan person and called me "sai oww shan yun" or out of province person.

Why are Cantonese think they are so superior? They clearly are poorer than the Mandarin and the richest Chinese people in the world are Mandarin while the Cantonese are nothing but autistic racists.

What's the name of this asian language?

I see alot of asian people that talk some language that sounds kind of like this:
"ayyaaaaaaa, ochinawaaaaaaaaaa"

IS it Mandarin?

Three weeks ago, we adopted my 4 year old daughter from China and whenever she gets in trouble, or upset, she says "mommy dao wo". I don’t know what it means. My oldest daughter looked it up online and thinks it means something along the lines of disappointment… Any answers?

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.

(also, is it right to say, in Japanese, "二月の雨 ?") Thanks~

Mandarin Pinyin help with pronunciation ?

What is the difference between "o" and "ou"? They both sound the same to me.

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