Anyone Speak Mandarin Chinese?
I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this but...
I'm just wondering if anyone here speaks, and is willing to help me with, Mandarin Chinese. I know a little, but my main problem is with the tonal system. I'd be grateful of any help whatsoever, even if it is as basic as pointing me in the direction of a particular book or website I'd still be eternally grateful
I am a native Mandarin Chinese speaker as well as another dialect of Chinese, so I guess I'll help you, being that I'm the most proficient Chinese speaker at ST (from what I've gathered from HolySentinels).
The tonal system really isn't that bad, there are only four tones:
Flat, upward, up and down, and downward.
Just practice it by pronoucing one syllable with the four different tones over and over again.
hehehe. i may be a twinkie, but I knew there were 4 tones too =P
One is flatttttttttttttttttt. Like "laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
One is sharp down. Like. "SHIT!"
One is sharp up. Like "huh?"
One is down then up. Like "uh huh?"
Wow, now that was pretty good/cool CPR!
@el_diablo, if you want further help PM me, we might schedule a voice session over MSN.
I know there're 4 tones but I'm more fluent in Cantonese...
You're not the only one...
Originally Posted by mangaguy
I dunno, I would go to Chinese school to learn Mandarin anyway.
Thanks for all the help and advice guys!
Actually I've found there's more than 4 tones in Cantonese. If I find the site, then I'll edit this post.
EDIT: Found it. Click...
Oh ,and I borrowed a dictionary-like book a long time ago. It had thousands of charactes with meanings, pronounications, etc...you know, the good stuff. i can't seem to remember what's it called though...
EDIT2: Found books I think you'd be interested...
and this one is online learning?
Last edited by XP_OMG11; 05-12-2006 at 03:11 PM.
i speak both but i think you should learn cantonese cuz its easier but the writing is a lot harder