Wobby Senior Member English [England] Hi, I was reading this thread with particular interest, and a fair few questions bit of an understatement! If so, it seems there are many kun'yomi readings - would people just guess based on which pronunciation is used more frequently? Perhaps the initial problem would be the 2 characters if there are 2 not merging together in the Japanese reading, which only works with certain kanji - I don't think any 2 Japanese kanji can just be joined together when forming a name?
Thanks for the inspiration behind this post. I started learning Arabic in school at the age of 15 and I was taught the writing system along with the rest of the language in a classroom setting. It took me a little longer than I would have liked to learn the alphabet, likely due to the way in which I was taught it, but I did eventually learn to understand the writing system.
And forget it not long after I finished my course. Today, I could probably identify maybe three or four letters. I recently began studying Mandarin a year ago and waited a few months into my study to incorporate the writing system into my learning.
While it delayed my ability to connect the written language with the spoken language, I honestly feel it was the best way for me to study.
It gave me the chance to fall in love with Chinese and was thus grow committed before I took on the intense task that is learning to read in Chinese. Lastly, and most recently, I started studying Russian. Keep in mind that not all writing systems are alphabetic.
There are two main types of writing systems — those which represent syllables and those which represent consonants and vowels alphabets.
There are even some writing systems that do both. In fact, if you really wanted to, you could learn to read in Chinese without ever learning how the characters sound.
You would just need to memorize the meanings of the characters in your target language and you would be able to read Chinese texts. Because of this, when I first started reading in Chinese, I often translated the characters directly into English, skipping their Chinese sounds and meanings altogether.
When it comes to languages with different writing systems, there are arguments both for and against learning to read and write while learning to speak and understand the language.
My first week learning Russian was spent memorizing its alphabet and nothing else. It has done wonders for my Russian study. The language itself was already drastically different from anything else that I had ever learned and trying to add the writing system to the equation too early on only overwhelmed me.
By doing so, you can understand how the word in the new language would sound and my early Mandarin notes contained the transliteration or pinyin for every character.
Here are just some of the tools that I use to study the writing systems of the languages that I study: I like being able to associate the verbal with the visual, so this was really great for me with Russian. Both systems are based on spaced-repetition and so you really get good practice in.6 Ways to Say Hello in Mandarin Chinese Like a Native To gain valuable practice with Chinese greetings in context, check out FluentU.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like movie trailers, music videos, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language lessons. May 03, · This is a guest post! If you like Japan– or comics– check out my site at I think in comics!.
I remember my first day of Japanese class. The first way I was first taught kanji, as far as I could tell, lacked rhyme or reason. Mar 19, · Say "néih hóu." This phrase is almost identical in meaning and pronunciation to the Mandarin version of "hello." Even in native Chinese script, the Mandarin and Cantonese versions of "hello" are both written as 你好.
The romanization of these two greetings is different, however, and there are slight variations in 89%(9). Every Chinese dog deserves a good Chinese name.
Take your pick.
Chinese dog names should get really popular. Well, maybe not. It is hard to imagine a Golden Retriever or English Bulldog named after an eastern province, but a Shar pei or Chow chow—a Chinese name should be perfect.
Hi wetnosedogs, thanks for commenting. Chuh the chow. Feb 01, · Pinyin is a Chinese writing system which uses letters from the Roman alphabet instead of Chinese characters.
It is useful for Chinese language learners as it allows you to get started with reading and writing Chinese without the time involved in learning traditional characters%(15). The first step to starting a conversation in Mandarin Chinese is to say "hello!" Learn how to greet people in Mandarin Chinese with the help of audio files to ensure your pronunciation is correct.
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