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How to use the words “Before” & “After”

In the class, we always say that Mandarin is easier to learn and more logic than English . But there are some Mandarin words and structure that are a bit hard to explain in English. This is one of the examples: In broken English, the sentence sounds like: 1. Before eating, need to wash hand 2. After eating, don't do exercise. 12936503_1373709369321311_3834022067391442933_n   after   Let us know in comment below whether you understand or not. We will try our best to explain. The best way is to practice and apply what you have learnt!

Why did the Chinese never adopt word spacing?


Believe it or not, youcanactuallyreadEnglishsentenceswithoutspacesaswell. Ittakessomepractice, butyoushouldbeabletoreadthesesentenceswithoutmuchfussatall.

Spaces are not strictly necessary even for alphabet-based languages - for logographic characters that has their own meanings (instead of just representing sounds like alphabets), it's definitely not needed.

Native Chinese speakers definitely don't have issues reading without spaces. If spaces were introduced, it probably would actually slow down the reading somewhat - since there is a likelihood of spaces being added at unexpected places, "lik ethi sway", since we don't have established conventions on where spaces should be added.

The only situation where one can argue that having spaces is helpful is for foreign learners coming from a language that uses spaces, like English.

Sorry to be blunt here - languages simply don't evolve around the needs of language learners in any language. English will still retain its irregular verbs and other issues, no matter how loudly English learners complain.

So - if you want to learn Chinese - better get used to reading them the way native Chinese do. But if you have the magical power to change the minds of 1.5 billion Chinese people to see things your way and convert all existing texts to use spaces - by all means go for it.


Below is a practice text for those who want to try reading English without spaces. It's a repeat of the above.


Believeitornot, youcanactuallyreadEnglishsentenceswithoutspacesaswell. Ittakessomepractice, butyoushouldbeabletoreadthesesentenceswithoutmuchfussatall.

Spacesarenotstrictlynecessaryevenforalphabet-basedlanguages - forlogographiccharactersthathavetheirownmeanings (insteadofjustrepresentingsoundslikealphabets), it'sdefinitelynotneeded.

NativeChinesespeakersdefinitelydon'thaveissuesreadingwithoutspaces. Ifspaceswereintroduced, itprobablywouldactuallyslowdownthereadingsomewhat - sincethereisalikelihoodofspacesbeingaddedatunexpectedplaces, "lik ethi sway", sincewedon'thaveestablishedconventionsonwherespacesshouldbeadded.

Theonlysituationwhereonecanarguethathavingspacesishelpfulisforforeignlearnerscomingfromalanguagethatusesspaces, likeEnglish.

Sorrytobeblunthere - languagessimplydon'tevolvearoundtheneedsoflanguagelearnersinanylanguage. Englishwillstillretainitsirregularverbsandotherissues, nomatterhowloudlynon-nativespeakerscomplain.

So - ifyouwanttolearnChinese - bettergetusedtoreadingthemthewaynativeChinesedo. Butifyouhavethemagicalpowertochangethemindsof1.5billionChinesepeopletoseethingsyourwayandconvertallexistingtextstousespaces - byallmeansgoforit.

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