Brief Introduction to the Chinese Language
Chinese speak different dialects in different parts of China.
In fact, there are more than 1,000 Chinese dialects and Chinese
dialect speakers in different parts of China are likely not to
understand one another. However, there is only one main dialect
that everyone in China will share
dialect is Mandarin and Mandarin is also a unifying dialect and
language that Chinese in all parts of the world can understand
and communicate with one another.
the strong economic emergence of China, it is very common to
find non-Chinese in China speaking Chinese. In fact, many CEOS
of Multinational companies in China speak fluent Mandarin and
there are even performers of foreign origin performing XiangSheng
(a form of crosstalk), Chinese opera, Chinese songs and other
Chinese cultural events on Chinese TV.
aware of difference between Mandarin and Cantonese
careful when learning Chinese. The Chinese in Hong Kong and Macau
speaks Cantonese. Cantonese is also common and popular in most
Chinatowns in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. However, Cantonese
is but just another dialect.
most common dialect and also the representative language of the
Chinese is Mandarin. Mandarin is spoken and understood in just
about every Chinese speaking country and society including China,
Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and even the Chinese in HongKong
be careful when learning Chinese. Make sure you are learning
Mandarin and not Cantonese as both the dialects share the same
to learn Chinese for Non-Chinese
can always buy a book or pick up a CD on the Chinese language
to learn Chinese on your own. However, self study for languages
can be difficult. The best approach to learn Chinese is to learn
in an interactive environment
offered in a classroom.
a language school in your home country or seek out the language
departments of your school or university to see if they offer
a course for Chinese language. Learning a new language tends
to be difficult and it is important that
up a new language as young in your life as possible. In fact,
many of the Western CEOs in China who speak fluent Chinese
had actually picked up and learned the Chinese language since
were very young.
it can be difficult learning a language in a classroom without
immersing in the culture or mingling with the native people.
Many people who are serious about the language will seek to learn
the language in the host country.
of the ways to learn Chinese without being in China is to learn
the language in a country like Taiwan or Singapore. These are
Chinese speaking societies which will also have good Chinese
learning environment. However, do note that Taiwan practizes
a form of written Chinese known as Fan Ti (Complex Chinese) which
can be quite totally different from China's Jian Ti (Simplified
Chinese). Although the written form is different, the spoken
form is the same.
Singapore uses the Simplified written format which is the same
as China, the country may also not be ideal for total language
immersion to learn Chinese as it tends to be an English speaking
country. Hence, it may
be ideal as a intermediate host, so that there is less cultural
shock while learning the Chinese language, ultimately, it also
lacks the total immersion that mastering a language will require.
best approach towards learning Chinese lies in learning within
China itself if you want to pick up the Chinese language quickly
Chinese in China
are many Chinese language schools teaching Chinese in China.
Many of these schools are even run and operated by non-chinese.
local Chinese schools and universities also offer language courses.
It may be useful to research on these schools from the internet.
Approach them over email or the phone. Language should not be
a problem as many of these language schools should have a administrative
person that will be familiar with English or even other foreign
language. Speak to them and ask about the language modules they
can offer. Check if they teach Chinese in a small group environment
or large class .
about living and studyingin China:
You can research about living and studying in China by checking
out our website or other similar websites. Calculate your cost
check with the school if they can arrange dormitory housing.
Also check out the city where your preferred school is located
to understand more about the city.
To learn a language well, you will probably need to spend 6 months
to a year of intensive study. Ask the school for an invitation
letter so that you can approach the Chinese embassy in your
own country for a long term visa. A normal social visit visa
will not allow you that much time in China.
The best way to learn a language is to speak, write and use the
language very regularly. Hence, make as many local friends
as you can in China. Also, practize your language with the
driver, laundry woman, canteen helper, grocery shop or anyone
that you meet on a daily basis. The Chinese may laugh initially
at your funny pronunctiation but once they are aware that you
are serious about learning Chinese, they will be more than
willing to help.
The Chinese language is one of the toughest language in the world.
There are four intonation to a word and each intonation may
have a different meaning. In addition, the written Chinese word
is a unique word by itself, yet has a certain meaning when combined
with other words. However, always persevere, and for inspiration,
look out for the blond hair and blue eyes performers that appear
on Chinese TV programs on a regular basis.
Learn Chinese in China fast!
more information about living and travelling in China, check
out this interesting China
Book. Or email
us for further information.