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Q: Do you want to give up chinese learning?

 

Because this is the most difficult language in the word?因为这是世界上最难的语言?

7 years 14 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Shanghai

 
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Nope

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No! But, it is going very slow.

Difficult? yes, I am also having in my mind 'complicated'?

Sometimes, when Chinese don't understand me, I call my Chinese girlfriend. I explain to her, what I want, and she ask Chinese person in Chinese:

my Q: where is the Railway Station?

My girl talk to the other person 5 minutes! I am just guessing, what is going on.

In English, Q is only one sentence, and A is also one sentence.
What do they talk about for that long?

Sometimes, I have feeling Chinese 'reach to L pocket with the R hand'! 'around the a$$', that is!

Chinese 'character system' comparable to our 'letters system' is much more complicated: when you know 26 letters, you can read about anything you want.
In Chinese, you must know all different characters to be able to read and understand meaning of the text.

Not giving up!

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I have been in China for 10 years now.  I can speak and understand "Chinese" fairly well, but I have pretty much given up on learning more, because it is not useful for me to learn more.

 

I can have conversations in Chinese, albeit what I consider basic, but that's all I need for day to day things.  Many Chinese people think that the Chinese language is the most advanced and best form of communication there is.  I find the language extremely limited, grinding on the ears, and inefficient.

 

If you speak "Chinese", well, it's only useful for the location you're in.  There are dialects, accents, and really almost a different language for each city you're in.  If you learn how to speak and say things in Jiangsu province, people will have no idea what you're saying in Henan province. 

 

Plus, many Chinese people cannot understand or accept that a foreigner could possibly speak this language.  I cannot even count the times I have gotten into a taxi and told the driver where to go in Chinese, with proper tones and fluency, and they look at me like I'm speaking Swahili.  They just assume they can't understand me because I'm not Chinese, so they don't even try.  I've gotten into taxis and said "ni hao" and the driver replies "Ting bu dong!" .

 

A lot of Chinese people are very arrogant about their caveman language.  Even if you can speak it, they don't accept that you can because you're not Chinese.  Some people get very excited if you can speak it because it shows that you have an interest in China - the language, the culture, etc.  But overall, this language is useless except for daily communication IN CHINA.  It will never be a world language.  Advanced science is even taught in ENGLISH in China because the language cannot accurately describe what needs to be described. 

 

It's pretty much a dead language.  People can't simply make new characters, they must only use what is already known.  This is why "train" is basically "fire cart" and computer is "lightning (now used for electricity) brain" - "electric brain"

 

Quantum mechanics is 量子力学 - "quantity child power knowledge".  Sorry, it loses something in Chinese.  On Earth, only 2 languages are capable of accurately explaining this stuff.  English and German, and English is better at it.  This is why all scientific papers are in English.  It can accurately describe things.

 

Chinese is only useful in China.  Learn it if you want to, but it's kind of useless.

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 Not sure if Chinese 'is' the most difficult language in the world, for one thing English has the larger vocabulary. Also Chinese has pinyin, which makes learning pronunciation of the language very easy indeed. With English you have to learn pronunciation practically on a word for word basis, I mean what sound is 'ough' for example? The sound changes from 'thought' to 'through' to 'though' to 'rough'. English grammar is also more complex; in Chinese so much is dependent on the speaker stating when an action occurred rather than implying it through the use of tense. But to answer your original question, no, i've not given up on studying it, it's a fascinating language.

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MrTibbles seems hate chinese language a lotsmiley

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I'm living in China, learning Chinese and loving everyday of it.

Don't hate it, embrace it !

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First off, its not the most difficult language in the world.

 

I go through phases where I study a lot, and others where I barely study. But I do enjoy learning it.

 

Also I agree with most of what Mr Tibbles said.

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I agree part of  Mr Tibbles ' opinion , cuase the science is originally   controlled by English , not chinese. 

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All the time I go through phases where I try to learn Chinese. Then quit. Then I want to learn again, then I quit. Then I want to learn again and quit.

 

I've come to the conclusion that I'll probably never be able to speak Chinese all that well. But one thing that keeps me going is that at least my listening improves..... Even if theres a word/phrase/sentence that I struggle to pronounce or say, if someone says it to me I can still understand it instantly.

 

Trying not to lose face is another reason I still try to study. It makes me look bad/lazy/stupid to certain people (my gf's family for example) if my Chinese doesn't improve.

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谁跟你说汉语是最难学的语言? it is one of , not  the only  most difficult one  

BTW, are you han meimei ?

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