Is chinese going to be like English??!

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@Augustta (1860)
Poland
April 19, 2007 3:24am CST
A friend of mine which don't make never something for free said that chinese is one of the must learn langueges! At first i thought he was joking but he was damn serious. I know him. He is one of the people who never do unnecessary things. I was thinking always that chinese is very difficult and it would be the last language in the world that I want to learn since it sounds quite difficult. whooa....(crying)and i don't know good enough english,which seems to me a lot easier...but chinese??.. I love the country(china)is one of the great culture and history from world...i even plan to visit...but to learn chinese???... What you think?Is chinese going to be like English and computer that everyone needs to know? Have you ever think of learning that?
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@crackhead (1826)
• India
19 Apr 07
Never hear of this before. Is it true that Chinese is going to be like English? All i heard is they are developing all softwares in their own language for their convenience. I never thought of learning Chinese or i don't have any idea of learning it in the future.
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@crackhead (1826)
• India
19 Apr 07
Damn sorry for the double post i had some problem with mylot and this is the second time today this happened to me.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
yes,seems like china will be a big power like usa and in this way we have to learn some chinese... augusta
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• China
20 Apr 07
many peoples speak in chinese, it is important.
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@bruxedo (773)
• France
19 Apr 07
One thing is sure. Learning chinese will be very important in future jobs.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
and why you say "is sure",can you expline more? thank you in advantage, augusta
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• China
9 May 07
maybe he thinks the chinese have many people learned! maybe mean chinese is difficult to learn!do you think so?!
@bluewings (3857)
19 Apr 07
I would love to learn Chinese and it's on my 'to-do list'.Yes, I have heard that Chinese and german are very difficult languages to learn, but that's just an opinion and I would never know unless I try it out for myself.I would learn just to know if it's as hard as they claim,lol.Just kidding.I want to learn Chinese because I think it's an important language. Once I begin learning ,it shouldn't be that intimidating thereafter.Moreover, I have some very nice Chinese friends .So,I could always count on them for help.It's going to be an important languages in the time to come.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
I should to bet that your answer will be original...well,i am scared that i have to learn...seems imposible... augusta
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@bluewings (3857)
19 Apr 07
Yes, every new endeavour seems an impossibility till it's done,especially when the public opinion wants us to believe that it's difficult.Beginning is half the work done as it dilutes our fear of failure.
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@yxinxin (466)
• China
19 Apr 07
I am a native Chinese speaker.I can also speak a little English. I find that if you can speak English,then Chinese is quite easy to learn. Because in Grammer Chinese and English are very similar.Chinese grammer is even simpler than the English grammer.I find Chinese grammer easier than European languages.The verbs have no tense changes and the pronouns have no changes in cases.The only difficulty is that Chinese characters are really difficult to write for foreigners.But once you have learned over 100 Chinese words,you will find no difficulty.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
wow!how you say all this chinese seems easy,but trust me for me just the think make me roll my eyes...but,who nows?never say never! thank you,my friend augusta
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• Malaysia
20 Apr 07
I also think I want to learn Chinese language and I like to learn Cantonise Language. I think about the chinise that you told I think most chinese did'nt like English. So, if you want to visit their country you must know their language first. I also think the chinese is same as japenese because they dislike English. But, I think only some of their citizen speak englsh there. They like their own language and they think if you want to go there you must speak in their language because they hate English.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
Thank you for the advice but i think i will visit first without knowing nothing about their lingo... augusta
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
20 Apr 07
It is not entirely correct to say Chinese hate English language. In modern cities like Beijing and Shanghai you'll be surprised to find many Chinese fluent in Mandarin and English, though less so in less prominent cities. I think Chinese are very fast learners because they are trying their best to fit into the world picture, to be a respected rising power. Now even the Japanese and Koreans are attracted to learn Mandarin and dig into its long history.
@jimvien (60)
• China
20 Apr 07
in my opinion chinese is as easy as english as long as you do not treat it too serious. in china, a famous man named liyang creats crazy english, which makes english learning easier . i think, you may try crazy chinese. it'll be excellent! i suggest you try to remember ten chinese words and some simple sentences per day, and read them aloud freely. you'll soon gather a lot in your head. so some time later you'll find chinese not difficult as you thought. by the way we started learning chinese just this way from childhood. wish you success
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• China
20 Apr 07
we are learning english.actually, more and more chinese are doing so, because chinese are trying to know the world.i get here just for english learning, and i think i get much everytime i surf here.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
that vis a great advice,thank you! augusta
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
hey its not impossible!? i think personally it will be, some people say China is the next US in the year 2020, haha although really really still far from the worldwide influence of the US, i think China is fast picking up! they are everywhere, their products are everywhere, and so is their culture in the future. I thjink china will be a super power in the near future, so guys, stay ahead of the race! learn chinese! :)
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
thanks for the reply! (now i am more relax..ha ha ha(sarcasm)) augusta
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
lol! that make me relax a lot(sarcasm)ha ha ha! augusta
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I hope this is not true. I cannot learn another language. My son is learning spanish and he tries to teach me. I cannot remember. I would never be able to learn chinese. That is way to hard.
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
19 Apr 07
See, I didn't even write can not write!
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
19 Apr 07
lol! hey spanish is not so hard,is very nice also...i will love to learn spanish instead chinese...my god,2000 caracthers??...yoohoo... augusta
20 Apr 07
My husband speaks Cantonese as his family are from Hong Kong, he can also speak Hakka, which is a 2nd language for people in Hong Kong, there are so many different Chinese languages that people don't realise!
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
wow this will not make me feel more confortable at all.. thank you, augusta
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
20 Apr 07
I think so, since Chinese is now become the part of world economy side. Every country now dealing with China in trade, export import, production. I admit that Chinese language is difficult, but we haven't know until we try do learn it slowly.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
yes,i know..maybe if i just try all will become more easy.. augusta
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
oh yes, i think it is possible that it can be a second language in the business wordl, though the chinese now are investing to learn english. my parents and i still think though that chinese is important. i know how to speak fookien but i need to learn mandarin already.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
well,you are lucky! thank you for the reply. augusta
@youless (93655)
• Guangzhou, China
20 Apr 07
I am a native Chinese, but I have to say that Chinese is not easy to learn well. Besides English, I also study French. Like any other foreign languages, it's very difficult to learn. Learning a foreign language needs not only time, but also the determination.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
you said exact!! thank you for the reply! augusta
@aznj50 (84)
• United States
20 Apr 07
First off i'm an american chinese. I speak both. I speak two universal language. Mandarin isn't that hard speaking wise. Writing wise its a pain.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
thank you for the comment,and now i am jelouse!! you speak 2 international linguage! augusta
@ivyrainy (29)
• China
20 Apr 07
Hey come on friends! Chinese is not that difficult to learn. There are many Europeans who are good at Chinese right?! Once you try it, you can do it. Please believe in your talents. And,is Chinese going to be like English? This is a good question. China is a very big country in the world,and chinese people are of large size.China is developing very rapidly these years. Many foreigners establish new companies and factories in China. And the 2008 Olympic game will be held in Beijing. Chinese is really a widely-spoken language. I think it will be very useful if you understand Chinese. So please try it,you will find it interesting. :)
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
I am sure that to learn chinese will be a great experience....but 2000 caracters is enough to scare me... thank you for the reply, augusta ps.why you don't choose a picture for your avatar?
@easyzheng (666)
• China
20 Apr 07
Absolutely. In term of the population that speak a language, Chinese has owned the largest population and Chinese people can be found in every corner of the whole world, inevitably, it causes the necessity to learn Chinese. The more important factor is at present ear China has been becoming more and more influential both in trading and politics, and more and more people come to China for one reason or another. So Chinese language is more and more widely accepted and become one of the main languaged for globle communication. Start to learn it guy.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
right. come to learn my natal lingo also...and see it is easy or hard? thank you for the reply, augusta
• Singapore
20 Apr 07
i have to admit, i'm a chinese yet i can't speak mandarin....i can speak some local dialect but not mandarin. Like you, i've always thought that it's sufficient to be able to converse and understand English, but it's not so nowadays. Most everyone knows how to speak Mandarin as it's a must if you want to have any business dealing with people from China. I wanted to learn that language for a long long time now, but whenever my friends know about my intention, they will say that they will teach me instead. 10 years down the road, and my mandarin is no better.....
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
thank you for the reply. augusta
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I don't know if Chinese will become "like English" or not-- after all, there are many different Chinese dialects. That said, I think Mandarin is one of the largest (spoken by the most people) languages in the world. I read an article in a magazine not long ago which stated that China would have the largest English speaking population in the world by the year 2030. It seems that because of the Internet, and English being a common language in Business, many Chinese people are learning English. I read quite a few science fiction books, and I have noticed that quite a few authors write about a speculative future in which the language of the world is a mixture of English and Chinese. Not long ago there was a science fiction series on TV called "Firefly" which showed a future world where people spoke a mixed language made from Chinese and English.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
And this can make me more calm about my problem? thank you for a such info. augusta
@lxm082 (1)
• China
20 Apr 07
i am a chinese,if you want to work in china, i think english is enough,but if you want to know chinese and the culture of china, you must be learn chinese,english can be empression the idea of chinese.
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
i am imprest how good you know english. augusta
@j27366 (294)
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
i don't think Chinese will be like English. For me, English will remain as the universal language. but, it is still better to learn how to speak and write Chinese because in business, there are so many employers who are Chinese. and most of the time, it happens that on job applications, if you speak the language, you have the edge of getting hired.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
20 Apr 07
yes,i agree. thank you for the comment. augusta
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
i dont know, but if your interested then why not study if you think its necessary its fun to learn some languages especially if its free lol.