[lg policy] Measuring up to learning Chinese

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 7 18:01:08 UTC 2010

 Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu


Measuring up to learning Chinese

The response of Chinese on learning their foreign friends are learning
Chinese, is almost invariably - "Learning Chinese is very difficult."

This is true, but I don't think foreigners should be discouraged, as
learning Chinese can also be easy and fun.

What makes Chinese hard for a learner whose native language uses the
Latin alphabet? Chinese characters. In this case, a learner of
Cyrillic, Arabic, Tibetan or Hindi faces the same challenge. Chinese
is even easier than these languages because pinyin helps a lot.

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