About one in five of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese.Mandarin is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and by far the most widely used version, with over 800 million speakers.Chinese is also spoken by large communities around the world, from Singapore to London to Vancouver, although overseas Chinese are more likely to speak Cantonese or Hokkien, than Mandarin. Chinese grammar is surprisingly straightforward, with none of the tenses, plurals, cases or genders that can make learning European languages difficult. Mandarin is a tonal language, which means the pitch or intonation in which a sound is spoken affects the meaning. In Mandarin Chinese, there are four basic tones and a fifth neutral tone.
If you’re learning Korean but you don’t have Korean ancestry in your family, then you’re in the clear!
You can get by with the standard forms of the language and you’ll still be considered polite.
When you’re asking questions in Korean, make sure to direct your intonation upwards towards the end of the sentences, as if you’re unsure. If you’ve had Korean food before, then you know why Koreans can’t live without it when they go abroad.
You’ve got the phrases necessary to have simple interactions, so now’s the time to put them to use! A Korean meal is not just any ordinary culinary experience.
That way you can learn some simple phrases without having to know all of the intricacies of the language.