In order to answer whether Mandarin is easy or hard? We have to compare Mandarin language to other languages in the world. Every language has its own unique features that might be regarded as hard or troublesome in some way, but we believe that focusing on these problems is counterproductive for language learning.If you want to learn something, you want to become friends with it, you don’t want to regard it as an unbeatable enemy! We won’t deny that Mandarin has unique challenges that are difficult to overcome, but try to look at Mandarin as being easy and exciting, rather than difficult or impossible. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Here are 9 things that make Mandarin easier to learn:
- No grammatical cases – Chinese words don’t change according to function. Police is written the same way regardless if it’s the subject of the clause or it’s the object. Whatever function a word has in a sentence, it generally looks the same .
- Flexible parts of speech – For non-natives, a difficult part of learning English is to figure out how to make a noun out of a verb or an adjective out of a verb. In Chinese, it’s not obvious what’s an adjective and what’s a verb, they merge and float into each other, which generally means it’s easier to understand and easier to guess how to use. .
- Particles instead of inflections – Although it’s not true that Chinese is entirely free from inflections (such as “rain-ed”or “fox-es”), particles are used to represent such things. A particle might indicate that an action is completed or that there is a collection of something, but these particles are always the same and not dependent on the word preceding it! .
- No gender –Most people who learn languages where gender is important whine about it. German has three genders you have to learn, Swedish and French have two, and there are few rules to help you here! In Chinese, you don’t need to bother, because there is no such thing as grammatical gender. .
- No tenses – Chinese doesn’t distinguish between yesterday, today and tomorrow in the same way as we do in English. Most of the time, it’s simply indicated by a word describing when something happens, rather than changing the structure of the sentence. Verbs do not change their form based on when they took place. .
- Neat use of numbers –Chinese is sometimes ridiculously logical. Monday is “week one”, Tuesday is “week two”, Wednesday “week three” and so on. Same for the months! The number 1 is yī，10 is shí, 11 is shí yī “ten, one”, 99 is jiǔ shí jiǔ “nine ten, nine” .
- Logical character creation–Chinese characters aren’t random brush strokes, there is reason behind these mysterious and beautiful symbols. It’s usually not enough to let you guess what it means, but it is a powerful tool to help you remember. .
- Logical word creation–Words, i.e. characters put together, contain a lot more meaning than characters. They are created in a way which is often obvious or at least understandable for a student. Train is “fire vehicle”, train station is “fire vehicle station”. Few words are completely arbitrary, even on the surface! .
- Sentence Structure–Majority of people find that it is hard to create proper sentence structure. But BBC students find that it is very easy to do sentence as we have the secret formula to construct sentences. .
After we have shared 9 main points that Mandarin is easy to learn, what is in your mind now? Is Mandarin easy or still hard to learn? I hope you have more understanding now on how is Mandarin compared to your mother tongue. Now, we know the differences between Mandarin and other languages.Still find it hard to learn Mandarin? Write down your view below & we will give the best solution to you.