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Re: Adventures in Language Learning
« Reply #30 on: October 24, 2017, 01:24:00 PM »
The language has four tones that denote differences between words aside from pronunciation. That's why there are those familiar up and down sounds we hear when it is spoken. It's also not as hard as Cantonese I would guess since that has seven tones, if I'm not mistaken. Mandarin and Cantonese are only among several dialects or variations of Chinese.

The characters are pretty interesting and neat to learn. I prefer the traditional characters myself, but the simplified versions came around with the advent of communism in China sadly. I tried to write the story of salvation in traditional Chinese characters several years ago. I only wrote so much though.

^Kepha is 100% right on the Chinese language in general.

(P.S: I'm Chinese too. :) )
 

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Re: Adventures in Language Learning
« Reply #31 on: October 30, 2017, 03:29:17 PM »
I’ve been thinking about studying Chinese. When I was younger I could speak it at a very basic level, but I could never be bothered to learn to read or write. But now I find myself interested in the calligraphy. It seems to have a very meditative quality. If only I could get over my impatience to progress quickly, I think I might enjoy it.

Servus, do you think there’s room for me in that “special” class you were in?  :D
 
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Re: Adventures in Language Learning
« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2017, 12:01:44 PM »
My Chinese books were completely destroyed in shipping. I’m taking it as a sign.