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Why learn Mandarin vs Cantonese?
Over a billion people speak Chinese, and Mandarin is the most commonly spoken dialect and the official language of China. The difference between Mandarin and Cantonese is that Mandarin has less tones and is used in the mainland. Cantonese is used in Hong Kong and southern areas. Learning Chinese opens the door to a thousand years of Chinese culture that has impacted cultures all over Asia.
Is it hard to learn Mandarin?
Mandarin has relatively simple grammar compared to some other Asian languages, but there are a few features that make it a challenge. The writing system can take years to master, and pronunciation can be tricky. Mandarin is a tonal language, which means that the pitch of each syllable carries meaning. The most famous example of this is the sentence “Did Mother scold the horse?”, where every syllable is ma, but with a different tone. Check it out in your favorite translation app: 妈妈骂马吗? Don’t let these challenges stand in your way. Our classes will have you start speaking right away!
Fun Facts about Mandarin Chinese
The name Chinese refers to several languages that share the same writing system. Mandarin and Cantonese are two of the most widely spoken varieties of Chinese language.
Mandarin is also referred to as Putonghua by its speakers. Putonghua literally means “common speech”. It is a standardized version of Mandarin based on Beijing pronunciation, and it is the official language of China.
The Chinese writing system is not an alphabet. It is logographic, meaning that symbols are used to represent ideas. It is hard to learn to read chinese, but there is logic to this system of writing that makes it easier! Chinese characters are made of building blocks called radicals which contribute meaning or sound information and make it easier to learn! For example: In the character for 'feeling' 情, there are three radicals: 1) 忄 'heart’, 2) 丰 'plentiful' , and 3)月 'moon'.
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(ACTFL Novice) (CEFR A1)
At the end of beginner level Mandarin, you will be able to use familiar everyday expressions and have the knowledge needed for basic survival in Chinese.
(ACTFL Intermediate Low, CEFR A2)
At the end of elementary level Mandarin classes, you will be able to express yourself in predictable concrete exchanges needed for basic life situations in Mandarin.
(ACTFL Intermediate-Mid, CEFR B2)
At the end of Pre-Intermediate level, you will be able to deal with most situations you will encounter in Chinese when working or attending school. Students finishing this level can usually be understood by native Mandarin Chinese speakers with some patience.
(ACTFL Intermediate-High, CEFR B2)
At the end of Intermediate level Mandarin, you will be able to speak with fluency and spontaneity without difficulty. Students finishing this level can easily be understood by native Chinese speakers, even those unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
(ACTFL Advanced Mid, CEFR C1)
If you study Mandarin Chinese at this level you will be able to express yourself skillfully, with ease and confidence. At this level, you are able to deal with any social situation, even with unexpected social complications fluidly and with ease using Chinese.
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