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korean, japanese or mandarin?
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Posted 2/28/08
Japanese the best!
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Well depends why you want to learn it. For fun, usefullness ect. If you live on the East Coast of the U.S. I'd say Korean because there is a ton of Koreans here. If you plan on moving to the west coast any of the three. If it's just for anime Japanese. If you plan on doing business over seas I'd go with Mandarin.

But honestly I'm having the same problem. D: I'm looking at two schools to transfer too. One offers Japanese and the other Mandarin and I've been wanting to join a Korean school for quite some time

(Japanese is actually at the end of my list behind Arabic, Spanish and French. It's just not practical in my life but I've been influenced by too many anime fans). =_=;;
Posted 2/28/08

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madeyez wrote:

Well usefulness depends on what the person wants to do. If he wants to go live or do business in China then yeah, he should learn mandarin, not gonna be easy tho.


Not easy but useful. People say that in 50 years, everyone would be speaking Mandarin. Hell yeah, Chinese is like the most difficult language to learn


haha, I hope not! I want everyone to speak English. Less work for me. What sucks with Chinese is that it just pure memorization, no alphabet like Japaneses or Korean.
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haha, I hope not! I want everyone to speak English. Less work for me. What sucks with Chinese is that it just pure memorization, no alphabet like Japaneses or Korean.


Yes, that is true. You should pity us, Chinese, who had to learn it in elementry school... and still suck at it
Posted 2/28/08

ailin350 wrote:


madeyez wrote:

haha, I hope not! I want everyone to speak English. Less work for me. What sucks with Chinese is that it just pure memorization, no alphabet like Japaneses or Korean.


Yes, that is true. You should pity us, Chinese, who had to learn it in elementry school... and still suck at it


Tell me about it... I started learning Chinese during elementary school, but even to now, I bet any Elementary school kid in China has better Chinese than me... Ahh, how disappointed my mom must be!
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Tell me about it... I started learning Chinese during elementary school, but even to now, I bet any Elementary school kid in China has better Chinese than me... Ahh, how disappointed my mom must be!


Ok, maybe you really suck but I stopped learning it in grade 6 and will be continue learning next year in school. I don't even remember how to write...can't call myself a Chinese.
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depends on what you're aiming for.

If it's international trading, you'll need to learn mandarin, cantonese, japanese, spanish, and german.

if it's just for anime, then japanese and korean is usually more than enough.

if it's for a great job, japanese helps a lot due to tourism, but mandarin and cantonese help also due to the mass number of chinese tourists.

it's entirely up to you, but i'd suggest mandarin or cantonese first. they're very difficult because it uses various sounds and accents and whatnot that doesn't exist in english or spanish.

Japanese goes hand-in-hand with spanish, so if you learn one language fluently, you can memorize the other in a heartbeat.
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Posted 2/28/08
Jap~~~
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Posted 2/28/08

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Japanese goes hand-in-hand with spanish, so if you learn one language fluently, you can memorize the other in a heartbeat.


How do the two go hand-in-hand?
Posted 2/28/08
Aprende japones! Learn Japanese! watashino naka kruma arimasu, nihongoga hanashimasu! Watashiwa onnanohitowa hoshindesunga!
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kawaiiairbender wrote:


RossoCorsa wrote:


Japanese goes hand-in-hand with spanish, so if you learn one language fluently, you can memorize the other in a heartbeat.


How do the two go hand-in-hand?


there are several japanese words that are also spanish words, all of which either have similar meanings or ways to pronounce them.

also, both languages are somewhat phonetic, especially since japanese can also be done as 'romaji'.

but i think the easiest example is "Pan" in japanese = "pan" in spanish. pronounced the same with the same meaning.
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Posted 2/28/08

RossoCorsa wrote:


kawaiiairbender wrote:


RossoCorsa wrote:


Japanese goes hand-in-hand with spanish, so if you learn one language fluently, you can memorize the other in a heartbeat.


How do the two go hand-in-hand?


there are several japanese words that are also spanish words, all of which either have similar meanings or ways to pronounce them.

also, both languages are somewhat phonetic, especially since japanese can also be done as 'romaji'.

but i think the easiest example is "Pan" in japanese = "pan" in spanish. pronounced the same with the same meaning.


But neither of the languages have the same origins :/ Japanese shares a few words with english and English shares a few words with Arabic. Doesn't mean that will help me, most likely they are borrowed words.

I have heard that since Japanese is phonetic that it is easier to learn than say Mandarin or Catonese but I can't manage to pronounce the words anyway. D:
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doesn't matter what you choose. depends on what you are gonna do after you learn it
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whazzupkp wrote:

doesn't matter what you choose. depends on what you are gonna do after you learn it


i agree w/ you..... as long as you learn it all..
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Well I studied mandarin since young and i'm still not familiar with the scripts...

Well, in your case, it's really a matter on what you want to do or your interest.

I still prefer mandarin even though i suck at it as... it's interesting @_@
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