Do you plan on traveling overseas where one the languages used by natives is Mandarin? Then it would be a great idea to learn about the Mandarin Language in order to effectively express yourself. So, what there is to know about the language?
The Mandarin Language: Fun Facts and Common Phrases
The Mandarin Language is one of the most complex languages there is. Many people believe it is difficult to learn because instead of the usual a-b-c’s, Mandarin uses characters. But did you know that there is more than what meets the eye when it comes to this language?
These are 8 Fun Facts about the Mandarin Language
- Mandarin is a very popular language. There are only 6 Official Languages of the United Nations, and Mandarin is among them. Singapore has 4 Official Languages, and Mandarin is also one of them.
- It is spoken and understood by an estimated number of 1 billion native speakers all around the world. This means if one can get to learn the language properly, you get the chance to effectively communicate with over 13% of the world’s population.
- Most know that the Mandarin Language has four tones, but there is actually a fifth neutral tone. This means a word can have five different meanings, so be careful about what tone you use!
- Mandarin is s fairly simple language. It does not have gender-specific nouns, no need to distinguish singular nouns from plural ones and in using time phrases, no verb conjunctions nor tenses are used.
- It is one of the fastest growing languages not only in the world but in the West as well. More and more schools from across the globe have acknowledged and have started including the language as a subject.
- Some studies suggest that Mandarin unlocks your ability to use both temporal lobes. In using the English Language, only one side, the left side to be exact is used.
- It has no alphabets but uses Chinese symbols divided into two – the simple and the traditional characters. It is continuously being developed, which means new characters and numbers are always increasing.
- The shape of Chinese characters is inspired by the physical appearance and meaning of the word. For example, the characters for umbrella and caves resembles the shape of each word and meaning.
Basic phrases you need to know when traveling to Mandarin-speaking countries.
- Hello: Nǐhǎo
- Yes: zhèng què.
- No: cuò wù.
- Please qǐng.
- Good: Hǎo
- Bad: Bù hǎo
- Today: Jīntiān (Jeen-tian)
- Tomorrow: Míngtiān (Meeng-tian)
- Yesterday: Zuótiān (Zwuh-tian)
- Goodbye: Zàijiàn (Zhai-jian)
- Good morning: zǎo chén hǎo.
- My name is …: Wǒ jiào…
- Good evening: wǎn shàng hǎo.
- Thank you: Xièxiè
- Good night: wǎn ān.
- You’re welcome: bú kè qì.
- I’m sorry: dùi bù qǐ.
- Excuse me: láo jià.
- Delicious: Hào chī
- How much?: Duō shǎo?
Learning a new language may seem very complicated, but it all depends on your mindset, and on how you learn the language. No matter what your intentions are, or what purpose you have in trying to learn the language, the best way to learn is to learn by heart.
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