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beginning in cantonese and mandarin. what is the first thing i should keep in mind?
Jan 2, 2008 1:21 AM
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first thing is to speak, i think the pronounce is so difficult for beginer.
January 12, 2008
mandarin and cantonese do use the same character,but the pronunciation isnt the same at all.the first thing is mandarin.
January 7, 2008
That it might be difficult to start them both at the same time. Same characters, different pronunciation. I think it's better to start with one and advance to intermediate before you start the other one. This is true for all languages, especially when they are in the same language group. (For example, learning Dutch ánd German at the same time is not wise. Learning Japanese and German at the same time could go well, as long as you're dedicated. Still I think it's best to learn one at a time.) Second of all, people say it's hard to learn Chinese. But some of them only know Chinese as the "ching-chong-chang" language. I expected the worst, but it turns out to be just fine. You just need some time to get used to it and adjust the way you think of a sentence. Reading/writing requires just a little more attention than other languages because you can't directly associate a word with the corresponding sound. Oh, and I saw some other stuff on your page: I suggest you start with writing/reading and speaking at the same time. It'll come in handy when you watch Chinese movies/tv shows with subtitles. (Most of them have simplified subtitles, which will help you when you don't understand certain parts.) And of course you can read Chinese websites which will help you to build an extensive vocabulary. Good luck! P.s. I suppose you already know some it but here are some links that'll help you: www.chinesepod.com www.mandarintube.com
January 2, 2008
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