Do you think Chinese will be the top 1 language? Can you speak Chinese?

@XoyyoX (1055)
China
July 3, 2008 9:34am CST
hi, mytube is a website that i often visit, and today, i mean, just now, i found so many funny videos, guess what? they are all about a foreigner singing a Chinese song, though their song sounds weird but funny. it's not unusual now that a UK or a USA guy can say "Nihao (hi)", and even some of them know Chinese ancient culture, like confucious, daoism, kungfu, fengshui, etc. do you know why the Chinese (language) is so hot nowadays?
2 responses
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Which Chinese language are we talking about? Mandarin? Cantonese? Depending on who you ask, there's six to twelve different languages in the country.
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
3 Jul 08
well, i mean Mandarin by saying "Chinese", coz, you know, mandarin and cantonese are quite different in sound, but absolutely not in word spelling, i mean, the chinese character spelling. lol
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Indeed. As far as I understand it, the Chinese character set is universal. Someone speaking Mandarin could pick up a Chinese newspaper and understand it as well as someone who only spoke Cantonese. Or indeed, as well as someone from 2,000 years ago. It's the spoken bits which are tricky ;)
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
3 Jul 08
yeah, and you know, even in English, we have so many dialects and varieties and accents, such as UK and USA people speak in quite different sound, but a similar spelling system. even in one country, say, UK, people from different villages or shires may feel difficult to identify the accent of a different one. lol
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
3 Jul 08
This world is dynamic-I cant rule that out-Britain ruled the world and today we are here writing on mylot in English-I see China as the next Super power of the world and as a super power, I also see their language rule the world-As I did say in one of the posts yesterday, I am very much interested to learn chinese! Will you teach m chinese please Xoy?
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
3 Jul 08
i can't say any nation can rule the world, China may become a superpower, but will never be a hegemonic country. if you wanna learn Chinese, the best way is to come to China and personally experience the city and coutry life of current China, or you can sign up as a skype member, there are so many Chinese that teach freigners Chinese, they are good language trainers and teachers, plus, I can speak but type here, a language can't be learnt without listening and speaking or we can only the "dumb" language