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by Fluency
Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:03 pm
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Different pronunciations of Mandarin
Replies: 10
Views: 23174

Newscasters

You were right to mention newscasters speaking correct Mandarin. Their are no "different" pronunciations of Mandarin, because it is a government defined dialect. Beijing has created a series of Mandarin tests and levels, the highest level needs to be achieved to become an announcer on the ...
by Fluency
Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: dialects
Replies: 1
Views: 11390

How many?

This is really an impossible question to answer, you first have to define what "Chinese" is, then you have define "what a "dialect" is. Linguists have been arguing over these distinctions for years. They cannot even agree if Chinese is a single language or an inclusive group...
by Fluency
Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:48 pm
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: When is "de" necessary?
Replies: 5
Views: 19174

Using 的, 地,地

的has several different uses, the two main ones are possesives and adjectival markers as explained below. Hope it helps. 的(de) is used to show possesion. For example "This is my book." becomes “这是我的书 zhe shi wo de shu." This possesive form of "de" can be used with all nouns. ...
by Fluency
Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:00 pm
Forum: Learning Cantonese
Topic: How long does it take to learn this language?
Replies: 9
Views: 37601

1000+ hours

I remember reading that the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA estimates it takes at least 1320 hours of instruction to be moderately proficient in Chinese.
by Fluency
Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Learning Cantonese
Topic: No Introduction as a thread...
Replies: 1
Views: 22309

Cantonese and Mandarin phonetics and Romanizations

http://home.vtmuseum.org/terminology/pr ... _guide.php
http://www.pinyin.info/index.html

The above web pages are pretty good resources that should provide what you are looking for, good luck with the studies.

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