Thinking of learning the Chinese language? Great idea given the current scenario. Need to learn Chinese has increased many fold in the last few years. China is now the second biggest economy in the world. It also has a very rich culture. If you want to know it better, learning Chinese is mandatory. Chinese is the second most spoken language in the world. But still there are a few myths about learning it that stops people from taking the plunge. Let us look at some of them.
Myth 1 – There are too many characters to learn
English has 26 characters. Learn them and you are done. It is true that the Chinese Language has over 40,000 characters. But seriously, do you really need to learn all of them? No. You need to learn a significantly smaller subset which suffices for normal conversation.
Myth 2 – Listening is enough
Not only Chinese but every language demands regular practice of speaking and writing down whatever you have learnt. Speaking will help you get your ‘tones’ right.
Myth 3 – It takes ages to learn
Afraid that your hair will turn gray by the time you learn to speak Chinese? Don’t be. With dedicated practice and focused efforts, you can learn it in a short time. The pace at which you are being taught and your learning style determines how much time will you need to learn it.
Myth 4 – ‘Chinese’ is a language
Last but the most astonishing myth! Chinese is not a language in itself. Mandarin and Cantonese are the two primary languages spoken in China along with a few minor languages. Mandarin is spoken in mainland China while Cantonese is spoken in smaller parts of Southern China, Macau and Hong Kong. Mandarin is the language which is creating the buzz all across the globe.