acrossthesea
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I speak Chinese...
Or do you? While "Chinese" is generally accepted as implying the ability to communicate in Standard 普通话 (Mandarin Chinese), "Chinese" does in fact refer not only to Mandarin but to a whole group of languages and dialects from across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. While it is almost impossible to say exactly how many dialects are still in regular use, the dialects can be roughly split into seven larger groups; -普通话 Pǔtōnghuà (Mandarin Chinese) -吴语 Wúyǔ (Wu Chinese) -粤语 Yuèyǔ (Cantonese) -闽南语 Mǐnnányǔ (South Fujianese Dialects) -客家话 Kèjiāhuà (Hakka) -湘语 Xiāngyǔ (Hunanese) -赣语 Gànyǔ (Gan) Each of these groups encompasses a number of 方言 (fāngyán: regional dialects) which I'll be touching on later in this collection. In the meantime, next time you declare yourself a Chinese speaker, it might be worth indicating which kind of Chinese you speak...!
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@aero2042 that depends...how hard did they say it was? There's no getting past the fact that Chinese is very hard but it's also really good fun and like with most things, the hardest bit is the beginning. Chinese grammar is very similar to English (at least until Intermediate level) and there are no verb conjugations in Chinese~ the hardest bit is the characters and the tones (there are 4..the same syllable phrase said in a different tone will change the meaning) so that's probably the hardest part...!
3 years ago·Reply
@nokcha Stay tuned! Let me know if you have any questions~
3 years ago·Reply
I speak Mandarin Chinese but I'm really interested in learning other dialects, could you perhaps do some cards giving an introduction to other dialects?
3 years ago·Reply
@zhengshi I don't see why not. To be honest, I don't know that much about other dialects either so I guess I'll learn something while writing the cards too.
3 years ago·Reply
@acrossthesea I'd be really interested to see one about Wu Chinese.
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