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Is Mandarin and Chinese the same?
Mandarin is a dialect of Chinese. Chinese is a language (Mandarin is one of the dialects of Chinese alongside Shanghainese, Cantonese and many more).
Is Cantonese different from Mandarin?
Cantonese and Mandarin are forms of Chinese. Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong, Macau, GuangZhou, and Southern parts of China in that vicinity. Cantonese and Mandarin are written in the same way, though Cantonese favors traditional Chinese characters rather than simplified. Mandarin has 4 tones.
Why is Chinese SVO?
The basic word order is subject–verb–object (SVO), as in English. Otherwise, Chinese is chiefly a head-final language, meaning that modifiers precede the words that they modify. This phenomenon is more typically found in subject–object–verb languages, such as Turkish and Japanese.
Is Chinese language hardest?
The Chinese language is often considered one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn, but this sentiment is a major oversimplification. Like any language, learning Chinese has its challenges. As a language learner, placing yourself in an ideal learning environment is key to learning Chinese.
What is hello in Cantonese Chinese?
哈囉 is “hello” with a Cantonese pronunciation. We use it to greet people casually, just like you would use “hi” in English. 哈囉，你好呀 (haa1 lo3，nei5 hou2 aa3), meaning “hello,” is usually used when you want to greet someone that you aren’t close with in a friendly way. It’s a more formal Cantonese greeting.
Should I learn Cantonese or Mandarin?
Mandarin is easier to learn As we covered above, Mandarin is easier to learn in regards to both writing and speaking. Cantonese is seen to be more difficult because it has from 6 to 9 tones, each of which signify different things (while Mandarin only has 4 tones).
Is Chinese really SVO?
Chinese. Generally, Chinese varieties all feature SVO word order. However, especially in Standard Mandarin, SOV is tolerated as well. There is even a special structure to form an SOV sentence.
Is Japanese SVO or SOV?
When it comes to basic sentence structure, Japanese is an SOV language while English is SVO. SOV means “subject-object-verb.” This is a language where the verb is at the end of the sentence. You’ll see examples of this in Japanese as you read on.