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Practic make perfect
Although I am glad to hear that a foreigner is interested in studying my mother tongue, I’m still afraid that I should provide some precautions.
My friend, you have chosen a hard way. Chinese is really very difficult for alien people. In spite of the fact that there are not any strict grammar regulations in Chinese, it has vast characters and their combinations. Meanwhile, there are four different tones of characters in Chinese which sounds to be in particular strange for westerners.
To make the situation worse, there are two distinct written character systems. One is called simplified character system which is mainly used in Chinese Mainland; the other is called traditional character system which is used by people in Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas Chinese circles.
At the same time, there are various dialects in Chinese language. With the help of a interpreter, Chinese even can’t successfully communicate with one another. As the Beijing and Taipei Government promote the “PuTongHua” or Mandarin which is based on the North dialect, a majority of people from both places can understand it. Even so, they still cannot speak it either. Since most overseas Chinese people come from Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, they speak Cantonese in which there are 9 different tones. Because of the evident distinction between Mandarin and Cantonese, a few linguists even regard the Cantonese as another language.
From above introduction, you can see that in your country most Chinese use traditional character system and speak Cantonese. Consequently, even if you pay amount of endeavour, you may still can’t communicate easily with a Chinese.
If you have some problems during learning Chinese, please contact me. I will do my best to help you.
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