7 Reasons Why Learning Chinese Is Easier Than You Think
Chinese is the group of languages the Chinese people speak, that includes Mandarin, Cantonese Shanghainese and other regional dialects. Mandarin is the language most Chinese people speak. People from Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore all speak Mandarin while people from Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province in China speak Cantonese. Since the majority of Chinese people speak Mandarin, when you hear people talk about Chinese it usually refers to Mandarin Chinese.
Many find Chinese difficult to learn, but is that really the case? That is a matter of opinion but some experts believe that it is really the reading and writing that makes Chinese seem so hard to learn. Here are 7 reasons as to why Chinese is actually easy to learn:
1. Chinese grammar is relatively simple and clear-cut. For example, I or me in Chinese is “wo” you in Chinese is “Nin”.
2. The word order of a simple Chinese sentence is exactly the same as it is in English. When you want to say “I love you” in Chinese, you will say “Wo ai nin”.
3. You can simply translate all the simple English sentences word by word to Chinese and you’ll get the right Chinese sentences. When it comes to long sentences, you just need to remember a few rules as to where to put time and location and then you’re set.
4. Unlike many European languages, Chinese doesn’t conjugate verbs, which means that Chinese verbs don’t change form based on subject or when the action is taking place, for example when you say she likes, he likes, you like, I like, or we like – the word for like doesn’t change and stays the same for all of them.
5. Unlike languages such as French and German, there’s no gender in Chinese. Isn’t that great?
6. The more you learn the Chinese language, the easier it gets. This means that Chinese words are constructed in a logical manner. The way a Chinese word is formed tells you a lot about its meanings. For example, Computer in Chinese is “dian nao” which literally means electronic brain or electronic thinking. Telephone in Chinese is “dian hua” which means electronic speech. So, when you see the Chinese words for movies, computer and telephone, you’ll know that they are somehow or another related to electricity and that will guide you in learning and memorising these words. Hence, the more Chinese you learn the easier it gets. The more Chinese you learn, the more building blocks or language components you will acquire. From here, you’ll have an easier time piecing them together and understand more words.
7. The Chinese language has few syllables for every word. For instance, the word “refrigerator” has five syllables in the English language. But in Chinese, “refrigerator” is “bing xiang” – two syllables that literally mean icebox. If you know how to say “Ice” and “Box”, you’ll definitely know how to say refrigerator.
So, shed your fear of not comprehending Chinese and enrol yourself in a good Chinese language course in Singapore.