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Chinese for Beginners

Posted by Asian Language School on January 12, 2018

Chinese for Beginners
Creative Commons Author Bairuilong

Standard Chinese is the official language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. It is also considered to be one of the most useful foreign languages to learn today. Here is a brief introduction to the Chinese language.
1.     Chinese versus Mandarin
Should I invest in Mandarin lessons or Chinese lessons? Chinese language contains many dialects, which includes Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Shanghainese (four out of eight major dialect groups in China). Mandarin is the common language in China and is spoken by 70% of the population. When people speak of learning Chinese, most likely they are referring to the Mandarin language. In Guangdong and Hong Kong, however, Cantonese is the primary language.
2.     Chinese Characters
Chinese characters are logographic, meaning that a symbol is used to represent a word. Each character corresponds to one syllable. Sometimes, it takes two Chinese characters to represent one word. Each character also contains a...

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Benefits of Learning Mandarin for Kids

Posted by Asian Language School on April 11, 2018

Benefits of Learning Mandarin for Kids
Photo by Karleen Minney. As appeared on Sydney Morning Herald.

Parents invest in mandarin lessons for kids because many believe that it is an important language of trade that will benefit their children’s career opportunities in the future. Economist Albert Saiz finds that native English speaker graduates who speak a second language, on average, earn 2 per cent more than those who don’t. Different foreign languages attract different language bonus -...

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