Is there any language that is harder than Mandarin Chinese, excluding Cantonese?

June 9, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

For adult learners, most languages in the world are harder than Mandarin. The only real challenge when learning Mandarin is tone, and you can get away with getting your tones

How many Chinese characters am I required to know in order to speak in a sophisticated way?

June 6, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Characters are for writing, not speaking. I have an acquaintance who is functionally illiterate in Chinese but, according to the Chinese people I’ve asked, he speaks a very fluent, very

Are new Chinese characters still being invented?

June 4, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Very very rarely. One big problem of inventing new characters nowadays is you cannot type it easily. Different from new English words, which a just new combinations of letters. For

In Eastern Guangdong, do some Chaoshan people understand some Cantonese language?

May 24, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

The Chaoshan (潮汕) region has its own language, Teochew (or Chiuchow) – which isn’t mutually intelligible with Mandarin or Cantonese, actually I find it closer to Minnan (my dialect) spoken

How does China have so many different languages but still call them all “Chinese”?

May 22, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Again, China in your imagination is China retold from western perspective. Even as someone a Chinese diaspora in eastern hemisphere, who has growing up through western education perspective, China in

Why did the ancient Chinese create such a beautiful but difficult writing system?

May 20, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Chinese writing evolved. It started out as pictures. Sometimes they used images to represent ideas; even in today’s writing, you can see that 大 is someone standing with their legs

Why do the Chinese use so many words with the letter “X” pronunciation?

May 17, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Because of Zhou Youguang and his team. Chinese, of course, has its own script distinct from the Roman alphabet. And like many languages, it uses sounds which don’t show up

Is Chinese language written one way, and read and spoken in two completely different ways?

May 17, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Linguists divide Chinese into about ten varieties that are not mutually intelligible, although some count with fewer and some with many more. They are not “dialects”, they are more comparable to the

Do you speak Cantonese? If so, when did you start speaking it and why?

May 11, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Unfortunately, I do not. I’ve had over three years of Mandarin lessons because I assumed it would enable me to better communicate with Chinese people. But what I have found,

What would a good Chinese girl name be that’s not too old fashioned that includes either the character 莲 or 雨?

May 10, 2023 0 Comments 0 tags

Well, in my humble opinion, these two Chinese characters don’t sound too old-fashioned. 莲 means lotus and its Pinyin is lián. And in a metaphorical way, it could mean purity.