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What are the similarities and differences between Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and how should we go about learning them? To what extent can learning one help you with the others?

Let me share my experience in learning these three Asian languages. I spent almost a year studying Mandarin full time in Hong Kong.

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This meant that I could read at quite a high level, books, newspapers and the like. For our exam, we were required to translate newspaper editorials from English to Chinese and from Chinese to Latina jade, as well as compose a diplomatic note in Chinese. My experience with Japanese was different.

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Over the nine years that I lived in Japan, my Japanese ability continued to improve. I used the language daily and took every opportunity to read and listen. Eventually I became a better speaker of Japanese than Chinese. My knowledge of Chinese was of considerable benefit in learning Japanese, as I will explain later. I have been studying Korean in Vancouver off and on for a few years. I mostly use LingQ. With Chinese and Japanese reading presents an immediate problem.

Until you have learned quite a few Chinese characters, you cannot read anything very interesting or meaningful. While learning Chinese, I made a special effort to learn the most frequent 1, characters. I had paper flashcards for. My learning strategy was to write these characters out on the squared exercise books that Chinese schoolchildren use. I developed a primitive spaced repetition system, wherein I would write each new character out seven to 10 times, down the extreme left hand column of my exercise book.

Then I would write the meaning or pronunciation three or four columns to the right. I would then pick up another flashcard and do the same, and a third and a fourth and so on.

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Soon I would run into the pronunciation, or English meaning, of the first character. I was forced to try to remember it, hopefully before I had completely forgotten it. Whether I remembered the character local single chat line had to look it up, I then would write this first character out another five which is better chinese or japanese seven times.

Then I placed it a few columns to the right. At first, I whichh continue this process for 10 new characters daily. I eventually increased the number of characters I studied daily to I would daily add back in characters previously studied.

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Korean is written in Hangul, an original and unique Korean phonetic script. I like to japansee authentic material in a language in order to learn, newspapers, books and the like.

To do this requires a fairly rich vocabulary.

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For Chinese, I needed between three and four thousand characters. I explained above how Asian speed dating learned the first thousand.

Of course, I continued forgetting them, but by forgetting, rewriting, relearning, and seeing them again in different contexts, eventually they started to stick. As with much in language learning, things become easier as you progress.

When you first start out it seems like which is better chinese or japanese impossible task to remember 10, 12, 13 or more different strokes for just one character.

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After a while you really start to enjoy the characters and how they express ideas and concepts. No only do the components of the characters repeat, the characters themselves are used in a variety of combinations with each other to express what we consider to be words.

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Thus, once you have acquired a certain number of characters, it becomes easier to build up your vocabulary. With the characters that you know, you can often guess at the meaning of new combinations of characters that you encounter in your reading. Even if you guess wrong and need to learn a new compound word, it is easy to remember these new combinations because the characters themselves represent meaning.

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My knowledge which is better chinese or japanese characters has helped in my study of Korean. When I study Korean at LingQI always include the Chinese character, or Hanja as they are called in Korean, in the meaning of the new Korean word that I save to olx personals south africa vocabulary database.

I expect that Hanja will be reintroduced into the Korean education system in the future for which is better chinese or japanese variety of reasons, not the least of which is the increasing importance of China, and the Chinese language. I should point out that when I learned Chinese characters 50 years ago, I had to be able to cninese them out by hand in order to pass the British foreign service exam.

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whicj If I needed to write, I could use a computer based word processing which is better chinese or japanese. Today I can no longer write Chinese by hand. I can only write in all three languages by using a computer. Modern technology is a wonderful thing.

Language structure and word order in Chinese are easier than in Japanese or Korean for English speakers or speakers of European languages. What is more, unlike in many European languages, there are no tenses, case endings, agreements.

Japanese and Korean have somewhat similar word order, and are vaguely related to the same language family, unlike Chinese. However, Korean and Japanese are sufficiently different to make it a challenge japanexe move on to Korean after Japanese. Korean has proven more difficult for me than I expected. I found that I was able to stay with fairly neutral levels of politeness until I developed a natural sense of when I need bteter be more humble or more familiar in my choice of words.

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If you want to learn more about grammar, LingQ now has free resources in KoreanChineseand Japanese. Pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese is difficult only because of the fact that there are four different tones.

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Trying to think of the tones in each word made me to unsure of myself when I wanted to speak. If you can get the intonation and rhythm of a language, your ability to pronounce will improve.

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which is better chinese or japanese In summary, my strategy for learning all three languages was the same: Learning the Chinese characters was a major investment of time, but one I am glad I. Before my contact with Asian languages I perceived them as exotic, very different from what I was used to. Once I got into these languages, I found them fascinating and rewarding.

They have become a familiar and enriching part of my life. I am most thankful that I had the opportunity to learn.

I can testify that it is possible to learn the characters without writing. I have never devoted much time to writing the characters longhand, except for a period of around one month, when I was attending some classes and had to write notes.

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