Recently, many foreigners start to learn Chinese, which is said to be the hardest language.
There are two interviewees, Su Yeon Park and Song Ha Lee, both from Korea, have learned Chinese for four months.
The first obstacle they had encountered is four tones. However, Korean characters are similar with Chinese characters, so they pronounce better than other European students in class. An efficient way Song Ha Lee found is to look for resemblances. Like “impulse”, this word has the analogous syllable between Korean and Chinese. They also mentioned about that unlike English or Korean, when seeing one word, though don't know what it means, people can still pronounce it well.
The next is about same words but have different meanings. Many words have these rules in Chinese. For example, “花”, in Chinese has two meaning. In verb, it means spend, but in noun, it means flower.
Unlike the new learner, another interviewee, Amie Parry, the professor at Department of English in NCU, has learned Chinese for sixteen years since college in America.
In her experience, 多少(duo shao) and 大小(da xiao) is one of the part confused her. For native Chinese speakers, we may still not be familiar with the Chinese dictionary because it has the rules that seldom be used in real life. Therefore, it is harder for learners to look up the words they don’t recognize, that is one reason makes Chinese so hard to learn.
Pleco, is an fast and convenient app when learning Chinese. Using this app to take a picture about unknown Chinese characters, and this app will translate these characters into English. It is better than looking up the Chinese dictionary.
Chinese is a trend over the world now. Though it is complicated, the new learners still keep trying. There would be more efficient way in learning it someday to make Chinese easier.