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Originally posted by seneca at 2007-9-6 08:45
The good news is that Mandarin and even Cantonese are increasingly popular and being spoken as second or foreign tongues in a number of Asian countries. The Bo'ao Forum, which groups business m ...
They need to improve the manner in which the Mandarin is taught around the world.
1 less emphasis on Chinese characters, only teach a few Chinese characters for the cultural history, concentrate on teaching pinyin all the time
2 stop using the thick Beijing accent in the Mandarin tapes, it is very confusing for foreigners to understand, concentrate on a clear non-Beijing accent for language tapes
Also, modern language always evolve and change with time.
Mandarin should evolve and change with the times. I think, what about spoken Mandarin language starting to drop a few tones, to become closer to monotonal language.
We have to change a few spoken Mandarin words, and lengthen some spoken of Mandarin words, but it is not impossible to make the spoken Mandarin more like a monotones language.
Special, or " tebie " could revert back to the traditional pronunciation " tekbiet ", which was how " tebie " was pronounced in China 2,000 years ago. In more traditional Cantonese dialect, tebie is pronounced tekbiet, also in the Vietnamese language, tebie is also pronounced dekbiet, the Vietnamese language being just another Southern Chinese dialect, although Vietnamese language is now incorporating a lot of new French words.
We can give up most of the tones in the way spoken Mandarin and make Mandarin the lingua franca of the world.