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I want to learn Mandarin

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I want to learn Mandarin

What is the best method I can purchase to learn Mandarin?
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Silver1234 wrote: Date some mainland girls in here.
Wouldnt the accent/slang make it harder? I heard Taiwan mandarin is easier to learn but I might be biased cause that's where I learned it.

There's mandarin schools that are CRAZY cheap in Taiwan, I forget the cost (10+ yrs ago) but it was hilariously cheap like $200/month or something.
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I want to learn, too. My lady won't be happy with me, but I tried learning Cantonese and it's too hard for me to make any progress :( With Mandarin we'll actually be able to talk to each other in a Chinese language
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check your local library branch, they usually have copies of the self-study audio cd sets
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Heavenleigh85 wrote: What is the best method I can purchase to learn Mandarin?
in GTA there is a lot of weekend schools for kids and some of them let in the adults students , also many of those teachers will give you private lessons during the week … ask around …
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notfromqc wrote: check your local library branch, they usually have copies of the self-study audio cd sets
Sure, we can pretend it's 1992 all over again.

Alternatively, there's Duolingo.
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Heavenleigh85 wrote: What is the best method I can purchase to learn Mandarin?
Move to Richmond B.C. Lots of signs and stores/shops/restaurants are Mandarin only, you'll have no choice but to learn.
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You need to work with a real live teacher for Chinese languages. Subtle variations in tone and voicing make a huge difference in meaning, so you need to get serious and detailed feedback about your pronunciation. It's not like Spanish where there's a simple phonology.
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JHW wrote: You need to work with a real live teacher for Chinese languages. Subtle variations in tone and voicing make a huge difference in meaning, so you need to get serious and detailed feedback about your pronunciation. It's not like Spanish where there's a simple phonology.
But then there's the conjugations! That throws me off...
"hehe... he's not a girl... your french is silly..."
"oh... excuse me for trying to learn one of our national languages!!!"
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UrbanPoet wrote: But then there's the conjugations! That throws me off...
"hehe... he's not a girl... your french is silly..."
"oh... excuse me for trying to learn one of our national languages!!!"
Conjugations can be tricky. Chinese is simple in that regard, but again, it's the phonology. It does have a few other grammatical weirdnesses, though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_classifier

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