I definitely have a lot, a lot of songs together for another White Stripes album. I need to take a step back, and get reinspired, and take a breath.
How many hours are needed for Chinese Mandarin or Cantonese speakers to learn English? Does prior teaching in an ineffective method rote learning and such matter?
Irene Thompson May 28, Ineffective teaching methods can certainly impede the learning process. Great strides in teaching approaches have been made since rote was the primary method of L2 learning. Students are free, however, to break free from the shackles of prior unfortunate experiences and become independent learners and intelligent consumers of teaching methodologies.
Matthew May 23, I am currently learning Japanese but took a look at Chinese as well and I honestly think there should be a Level V for Chinese as it is far more difficult in my view than Japanese.
Irene Thompson May 28, Experience shows that both of these languages take a very long time to master. It is a very rare L2 learner who can achieve native-like proficiency in either one of them without long-term study and immersion in the language and culture of the respective countries.
Irene Thompson June 6, Memorizing words is not the same as being able to function in the language which is a what proficiency is all about. While it is true that the grammar of Chinese is not particularly complex, there are other factors that make it a difficult language such as tones, lack of cognates, and the writing system.
Stephen September 24, To say nothing of those tones! I found when trying to learn Chinese that he monosyllabic nature of most words was oddly difficult, since to my ears individual words often have little in the way of memorable, distinguishing features, if that makes any sense.
Recently, when visiting Tokyo I met three young people from Western Europe who spoke with great proficiency, if not fluency, all of them using Japanese professionally. Each learned Japanese as a conscious act of will, without, say, having spent time in Japanese as a kid.
I was in awe.
Thank you for all the information on this page: Aaron November 14, I disagree with the common assertion that Chinese has no grammar or verb tenses.
Try speaking to folks exclusively in the present tense in any language and see how far that gets you. There is an appropriate sentence structure, which when violated is unintelligible. The same sort of subject verb object sentence structure common to other languages.
There are ways to demarcate the future, past, on-going, happening-as-we-speak, etc. In short, Chinese is no different from other languages in this regard. Also, Modern Chinese has a significant amount of loan words from western languages—though one must first know the pronunciation of common Chinese characters used for this purpose.
They are most commonly used for proper nouns. Reading a newspaper without these would be impossible. There are also loan words from non-western languages. It is also worth noting that modern written Chinese itself is largely constructed of characters borrowed from other perhaps now extinct regional languages some years ago.
The commonly propagandized story says the 1st emperor, Qin ShiHuang, collected characters from across his land China and combined them so that everyone could communicate. By the way, thank you for this fascinating article! My criticisms are for the comments as noted.
Irene Thompson December 8, Of course Chinese has grammar. By definition, all languages are structured.Saying "I am sorry" is one of the hardest things to do.
In fact, some people cant even do it at all. Well, for both groups of people, we have the best apology songs so you don't have to apologize and the song can do all the work for you!
Offenders may not apologize if they have little concern for the victim, if they perceive a threat to their positive self-image, or if they predict that their apology won't be effective. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
It was recorded by Elton John and released in , both as a single and as part of the Blue Moves album.
It was John's second single released by The Rocket Record Company. There’s a child in every family, at one time or another, who is really hard to love. It might be difficult to admit it but you know the one: the child who is constantly whining or pouting or sulking; the child who picks fights with his siblings and seems determined to be difficult no matter what.
caninariojana.com – Dying for a wank / April 29th, The coroner found that Danny died as a result of an epileptic seizure that led to a cardiac event, that in turn starved his brain of oxygen.
I'm sorry for all the hurt I've caused you and I regret the things I've done. I've lost the 1 girl I've ever loved and it was cause of the things I've done.