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The most difficult language to learn

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: The most difficult language to learn Reply with quote

I have heard that, among all the world languages, the most difficult language to learn is Chinese. Why? Is it right? Share your studying experience with us please.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is a difficult question to answer because there are a lot of things to take into consideration including what is your native language.

However,Chinese kids typically take three years longer than English-speaking children to learn their language. Mandarin requires both hemispheres of the brain to process. Reading Chinese requires a lot more sophisticated visual recognition of characters than in reading English. Understanding Mandarin requires the right brain (music center) to process the tones that sound like music, and the left brain to understand the syntactical patterns. When people listen to English language, only the left brain is active (shown by CAT scans).

Also, the script languages on the Euro-Asian continent evolved from two main sources. It is possible to trace almost every European, Indian, and African language back to Egyptian hieroglyphics / Phoenician, but Chinese language had a different evolution. You can trace English, Greek, Sanskrit, even Korean are all derivative somehow from Phoenician -- but Mandarin is different from those. That's one thing that makes it so special Smile
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