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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Arroryn, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    How's the learning Mandarin going?

    Been speaking to a chap at work about learning it - he's learning Cantonese (he's half Chinese and that's what his family speals) - and I thought about Japanese. He said to definitely take a look at Mandarin... so I thought about you :biggrin
     
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  2. Fergal1982

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    Its not going too badly really. We broke for summer, so only just started again last week with a new teacher (my old teacher moved to london).

    Its quite interesting really, im enjoying it. I think its slow progress, but thats also partly due to the amount of work I do outside the class. Very interesting though.

    I would recommend doing it if you find it of interest. I'd like to learn russian too once I have sufficiently mastered mandarin. If you can speak chinese, russian and english, I feel that (in terms of pure numbers) you can speak to a good majority of the people in the world.
     
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  3. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I've spent snippets of the morning listening to Mandarin basics on YouTube.

    A quick conversation with my mate about Cantonese, and I definitely couldn't learn it - some of the words sound ridiculous!! lol.

    For example, 'good afternoon' sounds like the noise I make when I wake up in the mornings... Ng5 ngon1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyeL11HCBZc)

    What do you think of (have you ever been to) this site?

    www.askbenny.cn
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    its not really that difficult to say things. The important thing is that its tonal, so how you say it is sometimes just as important as what.

    I'm sure you would be fine with it.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    I recently discovered that I *can* remember my Mandarin, if required to in a crucial situation. :biggrin

    Oh, hey, I'm back... as if you haven't figured that out already :)
     
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