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InvisibleDelyrium
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    #3080316 - 09/02/04 12:07 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I have to take a language for my BS degree. I'm going into Product Development and that means a LOT of overseas travel in Asia. I also noticed a lot of job descriptions ask for Chinese as a second language.

Anyone ever learn Chinese from school? How terribly hard is it?


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3080325 - 09/02/04 12:09 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Chinese is supposed to be one of the hardest languages to learn.


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Re: Chinese [Re: Barbi]
    #3080329 - 09/02/04 12:10 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

wooohoo!!! i'm so psyched!


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3080622 - 09/02/04 01:58 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

i cant remember which but one is only used in one province, and the other is used everywhere else... mandarin? (sp?). id be sure to ask before you learn the lesser of the two.


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3080681 - 09/02/04 02:16 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

chinese is definitely one of the hardest languages to learn..fucken hard if I may say so myself.

this is a good all around site http://zhongwen.com/


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3080710 - 09/02/04 02:21 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

dont take a language that isnt written with a version of our alphabet.... :ooo:


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Re: Chinese [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3081875 - 09/02/04 10:45 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

haha yes it's mandarin that i should learn - not to mention the written Chinese is understood by MANY other languages - that helps. it's gonna be tough but it's the most useful to me. the quota just gave China another 20% for export which means - I'll be dealing with even MORE Chinese vendors than before.


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3082402 - 09/02/04 01:16 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I've taken Chinese for 3 years in high school, both my parents speak it, it was my first language...and I still don't even really know it that well now. There's pretty much no chance you'll be able to learn to speak it well enough for a business setting. Although, with a lot of studying (3 hours a day of repetitive character writing) you can learn to read and maybe write it to a certain degree.


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Re: Chinese [Re: bert]
    #3082600 - 09/02/04 02:24 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

well the fact that it IS hard to speak and that they say the knowledge of Chinese is not a requirement but an added bonus i don't think i will be expected to be an expert - i just want to get it on my resume. most of our vendors do speak english but i'm sure there would be a higher degree of respect if i can speak in their language as well.


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Re: Chinese [Re: Delyrium]
    #3082623 - 09/02/04 02:32 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

You really have to be immersed in that environment to learn Chinese properly. There are so many mannerisms and little quirks you only really pick up actually being in China. If you can even a little bit, though, with proper pronunciation I'm sure your vendors would be pretty impressed.


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