Hey, Chinese is hard!

Chinese does deserve its reputation for heartbreaking difficulty. Those who undertake to study the language for any other reason than the sheer joy of it will always be frustrated by the abysmal ratio of effort to effect. Those who are actually attracted to the language precisely because of its daunting complexity and difficulty will never be disappointed.

I came across this guy who wrote a long article on why learning Chinese is hard. At first I thought, “Bah, just another angmoh whining away”. But as I read on, I began to see that, hey, Chinese IS damn hard. It’s just perhaps that I didn’t notice it too much, since I am a Chinese, and my primary school was conducted in Chinese. But his article explained in detail how Chinese is more difficult than other languages, the barriers he faced.

So I’ve been through all that hurdles to mastering Chinese without even realising that they are there! Count me blessed! =)

The full 7639 words here.

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2 comments so far

  1. Outstanding info once again. Thanks.

  2. Nakul on

    miya より:Hi RyuVery good to hear from you. How’s life in Boston?Actually there are lot’s of Condos there which were converted in to luxrauy cond’s from hotels before they were started their construction.I don’t know the exact reson why, but anyway I saw some of them such us Jean Nouvel’s and HdeM’s around Soho. They are now under consrtuction. You will see Nouvel’s has almost done the exterior, but the latter has just exposed its concrete structure so far.Of course their rents are surprising. While the new upper class are living in Brooklyn such as along L-line rising up the average incomes and rents of the areas, the luxury Manhattan areas such as around Soho are boosting up its prestigious states by rebuilding brand new buildings.What’s also amazing is Prada in Soho designed by OMA has been rearranged the interior. Its first floor was originally designed as only a kind of show window’/ void space, and the basement was for retail for men/women. But now the first floor is just a men’s floor and the basement floor is for women. The charming cabinet designed by SANAA seemed in no use. It seems the fundamental idea well-organized Programing space’ has totally gone. It is sadly just a commercial space like others swallowed into Sohoism’.


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