hum... writing chinese is the WORST part of it for me...
i have very little trouble speaking in mandarin...
...i know very little cantonese though...
ex. (conversation with cantonese person)
The other person: "blah blah blah" back at me
Me: uh... byee! XD <---yes.. in english
but it seems speaking japanese might be easier than speaking chinese since i feel it flows a bit like english or something.
like a person above said, "Chinese is a very tonal language meaning how you pronounce the syallables affects what you say."
Originally Posted by StealDragon
That's just the way Cantonese sounds, it's like the German of eastern languages, it just sounds so damn ugly (no offense meant to anyone who speaks German or Cantonese, it's just my personal opinion).
I really need to learn Chinese though, I used to be able to read novels when I was 8 now I'm basically illiterate (though I can still understand what people say).
chinese all the way! more people speak chinese, so you'll actually get to speak with other people~
Thats only because they have like almost a third of the entire world population living in China...Though then again, we might have to learn Chinese for when they come and take over.
Originally Posted by PochaccoPaws
For a minute I though Hanul was going to say neither and then suggest Corean.
Well you have to take into consideration that he wants to learn Chinese or Japanese, not Corean. If he wants to learn either one of them fine, I really don't care. Whatever his motives are, wether it's to buy cheap electronics in China or beome an otaku, I seriously do not care.
Originally Posted by mystic_guard_sinoel
Though I somewhat question why not Corean, my brain is at this moment a little fried to really follow-up that question.
It's really a no-brainer: Chinese.
The only reason one would even think of learning Japanese is to watch anime or read manga, which is a very immature and inadequate reason.
Chinese is spoken by a nearly a third of the world's population and with the rapid pace at which the Chinese economy is growing, it would only be beneficial to know the language.
And also, there really is no "choice" on whether to learn Cantonese or Mandarin. First off, you would not have any resources or ways to learn Cantonese. And secondly, the only reason it seems that Cantonese is widely spoken is because the US only let people from that region of China emigrate here for a long time (as it was under British control). In reality, Cantonese isn't very widely spoken at all. And it sounds ugly, to boot.
I'm currently (sort of) learning Corean, myself. Of course, it's because I'm Chinese and there are many parallels between the two languages and cultures.
Having a Corean significant other doesn't hurt, either.
I beg to differ. Japan has the world's second-largest music market - and that's my reason. ^_^ Interviews, music, and a chance at being a popstar...
Originally Posted by MojoMunkeez
What about Corea and Hallyu? I mean cmon, its the Corean wave, though then again that wave seems to be weakening.
Originally Posted by Digital_Eon
Uh... Japan still has a bigger market. I mean, why else would singers like BoA, Se7en, and Bi Rain leave Korea for the Japanese market, and eventually the American? Koreans have good music, but not as big a market (and Hyolee = Britney Spears wannabe - it's true!).
Originally Posted by Hanul