The Value Of Taking The Time To Learn Mandarin

by erin on December 16, 2010

When someone tells you that you should learn Chinese online, your first response is probably a blank stare followed by one word, why. For some reason few of us seem to really understand just how important being able to speak Mandarin really is. Right now, Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in the world. Over 1 billion people consider Mandarin their first language.

It is the official language of both mainland China and Taiwan It is also one of the official languages of both Singapore and Hong Kong. When you learn Mandarin, both the language and the culture, you will be setting yourself up for bigger and better business opportunities.

The Mandarin language is a variation of a Chinese language that is called Sino-Tibetan. One of the things that people do not realize is that there are currently two different types of the Mandarin languages. The two types of Mandarin are Putonghua, which is the official language of mainland China, and Kuo-yu, which is the language that the ROC government recognizes. This is important to know if you plan on spending more time in one country as opposed to the other.

One of the things that you need to be aware of if you are planning to learn Mandarin is that while it is the official language of both China and Taiwan, it is not the only language that is spoken there. Technically, the language is considered a dialect. This means that you should not be surprised if you visit China or Taiwan and do not understand everything that every person says. That does not mean that the time you spent learning to speak Mandarin was a complete waste of time. You will be able to understand enough to get by and to be understood.

Some people find that Mandarin is an incredibly difficult language to learn. The reason for this is simple. Mandarin, like all Chinese dialects is tonal. The people who have the easiest time learning to speak Mandarin are ones who are musically inclined. If you are planning on learning how to speak Mandarin, you should also consider taking a few singing lessons first.

The best way to learn how to speak Mandarin is to immerse yourself in the Mandarin culture. The great thing about this is that not only do you learn the words, you will also start to learn the commonly used slang that you would not learn if you took formal lessons. Sadly, surrounding yourself with people who are native Mandarin speaks is not always possible. The next best alternative is to make sure that you take your lessons from a native Mandarin speaker.

When you are learning to speak Mandarin, you also need to consider learning how to read the language. Even if you are not going to be dealing with official business documents and are just visiting the country, being able to read the signs will come in handy. Even if you do not have the time or inclination to learn how to read words, you should at least take the time to learn the basic Mandarin alphabet.

Approximately one out of every five people in the world speak Mandarin, either as their first or second language Even more importantly, the number of people speaking the language are increasing. If you do not take a Mandarin language course now, there will probably come a time when you will wish you had.

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