Recently, many foreigners start to learn Chinese, which is said to be the hardest language in the world.
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There are two interviewees, Su Yeon Park and Song Ha Lee, both from Korea, have learned Chinese for four months.
The first obstacle they have encountered is the four tones. However, Korean characters are similar to Chinese characters, so they can pronounce them better than other European students in class. An efficient way Song Ha Lee found is to look for resemblances. For example, the world “impulse”, has the analogous syllable between Korean and Chinese. When seeing one word, in Korean or English, though didn’t know what it means, people can still pronounce it well. But in Chinese, it is impossible to achieve it without Chinese phonetic symbols.
The next is about same words but have different meaning. Many words have these rules in Chinese. For example, “花”, in Chinese has two meaning. It can mean “spend” or “flower” dependent on words parts.
Amie Parry, the professor at Department of English in NCU, has learned Chinese for sixteen years since her college years in America.
In her experience, the difference between多少(duo shao) and 大小(da xiao) 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, which 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, can help to 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 ways in learning it. Someday it will be easier to learn Chinese.