Around 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese around the world. Mandarin Chinese is mostly spoken in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Chinese joins English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish as one of the six official UN languages.
Mandarin Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet. It is written with symbols. These symbols are called Chinese characters. Chinese characters represent the oldest writing system in the world and is over 3000 years old.
How do I learn the characters? We can use Pinyin to write Mandarin Chinese with the Roman alphabet. In Chinese, pinyin literally means “spelled sound”. It’s a way to read Chinese without having to know the characters and makes it easier.
An example of pinyin is “Ni hao” is how we say hello in Chinese. “Ni” means you and “hao” means good.
People who have learned Chinese use both left and right sides of the brain, unlike English speakers who just use their left. Both left and right sides are required to distinguish words from one another that have the same intonation. It’s good brain exercise that makes the brain stronger. Now you know a little more about the language that is spoken by a sixth of the world’s population.
Community Classes are held at St Kevins College Confucius Classroom. Registrations are open for Term 2 – children, youth and adults classes
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