Chinese or Japanese??

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Will Sanderson

Chinese or Japanese??

Post by Will Sanderson » Sun Mar 18, 2001 9:44 pm

Does anyone here speak Japanese & Chinese?? Which one should I start to learn?? Which one is easier?? I don't know which one to pick?? Please help. Thanks!
Wang Li

Re: Chinese or Japanese??

Post by Wang Li » Sat Mar 24, 2001 9:27 am

: Does anyone here speak Japanese & Chinese?? Which one should I start to learn?? Which one is easier?? I don't know which one to pick?? Please help. Thanks!
In my opinion, Japanese would be much easier to learn. There are definitely more resources on it avaiable that are easy to find (especially on te web). It is much closer to english pronunciation-wise.
On the other hand, in Japanese it is more difficult to learn sentence structure. It can be very confusing. Chinese, however, has a much simpler sentence structure (i.e. no singular or plural to mess with much, no past tense future tense and present tense to mess with, no verb conjugation) than English.
I think it's basically deciding between one that's easier to pronounce but a little more confusing and one that is less confusing but fairly difficult to pronounce for native English SPeakers.
Remember, first that there are many dialects of chinese and you should stick with one ;).
And take into fact the more extensive resources Japanese has. I hope I could help you.

Re: Chinese or Japanese??

Post by fresa » Thu May 09, 2002 2:05 pm

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James Campbell

Re: Chinese or Japanese??

Post by James Campbell » Thu May 16, 2002 2:56 am

Chinese is more similar to English than Japanese is. A lot of concepts and sayings are similar too. It's easier to make sentences, and there is no need to make all the differences in honorifics like in Japanese or Korean. Learning Japanese writing can be harder than Chinese for the following reasons:
There are two syllabaries (not alphabets)
Chinese characters are more difficult to learn because they have a Chinese meaning and pronunciation and a Japanese meaning and pronunciation, so you have to learn double the information for each character which can confuse the beginning student.

Most students of Japanese spend a long time learning it before they even start with Chinese characters, meaning that you remain illiterate for a much longer period of time.

In Chinese, you start learning the single words and characters from the beginning, and start easily building sentences. After learning Chinese well, Japanese vocabulary and writing is much easier to learn than not knowing any Chinese at all.

More pronunciation practice is needed with Chinese though, but these difficulties can be overcome in the beginning.

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Re: Chinese or Japanese??

Post by Pasie » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:38 am

Japanese is condidered easier to learn, but these two languages are too different to compare. It's a matter of your preference and interest :)