Saturday, October 1, 2016

Chineasy

The Baloo side of this collaboration has always had an interest in language and linguistics, though Ex-Army shares that to some extent. And one of the more interesting languages out there is Chinese, Mandarin Chinese in particular. In the first place, it has ideogram writing, which seems so quirky to us Westerners, and devilishly tedious to learn — it's the subject of the video below — but it also has, to soften the blow, a grammar that amounts to baby talk, and certainly makes the language easy to understand, once you've memorized enough vocabulary.

There have been several ways devised to use the Roman alphabet to write Mandarin, and the most official of them in called Hànyǔ Pīnyīn [link], though there have been others.  But it is apparently used far more by Westerners to learn Chinese than it is by the Chinese themselves, who seem to be very much wedded to their character system, though they are willing to use simplified versions of that.

At any rate, if you are interested in learning Mandarin, or think you might be in the future, do hold on to this video and this URL that goes with it:
http://www.chineasy.com

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Quibcag: Yep, it's Kagura of Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul") again.

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