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    Everything you need to know before studying Chinese

    Did you know that Chinese is actually not that difficult?

    In a world where competence is becoming bigger and bigger it is very important to make a difference and stand out from the crowd but… how can we do it?

    One of the important points why our potential Chinese clients may choose to work with us instead of with another similar company is that we offer a quality product or service but, something that most people forget is the language in which they sell themselves

    Let’s give an example. Have you ever visited another country and, out of the blue, someone has spoken to you in your mother tongue and you have immediately felt that you were friends? The fact that someone speaks to you in your own language makes the trust between you two stronger and prompts it to develop faster. 

    This doesn’t mean that you need an advanced level of Chinese to make business with them, that’s something interpreters can help us with. Just by learning a few introductory sentences you can make a much better first impression. Chinese people have very firm cultural values so if you learn some words in their language you will let them know that you are interested in their culture and their country.

    Chinese is too difficult

    To start learning Chinese you need to avoid having the typical prejudice that Chinese is very difficult. The predisposition of your mind to not being able to learn anything will make your learning process much slower. 

    To learn Chinese we need to stay motivated, we need to be highly interested in what we are doing. Maybe that “fear” to Chinese could be relieved if we had some previous knowledge about this language. 

    What you need to know before studying Chinese

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    Chinese is mainly formed by two parts: pronunciation and writing. Writing is all those “Chinese words”, the characters. A common misconception is that there is a Chinese alphabet and that once we know how to draw those “lines” we would know how to write. Not even close. There is no Chinese alphabet, not even verb tenses and almost no plurals or genres. 

    Up to this point, everything seems advantageous. However, knowing how to write in Chinese is not enough. We need to know how to pronounce those characters. For that, we must learn pinyin, how a character is pronounced and with which tones.

    When we have just started to study Chinese, whenever we see a character for the first time, we won’t have a clue about its pronounciation, only thanks to experience could we tell the pronunciation of a character we haven’t seen before. Let’s see an specific example:

    In the word 西红柿, which means “tomato”, there are characters (the visual form of the word) and pronunciation with tones: xīhóngshì. Depending on the tone, we can distinguish a character from another one with the same pinyin.

    xihongshi

    In short, two words with the same pinyin and different tones are written with different characters that will also have different meanings. For instance, 书 and 数. These two characters could seem to have nothing in common. However, their pinyin is the same: shu and shu. How can we distinguish them then? Easy! With their tones: shū y shù. Therefore, the first one means “book” and the second one “number” or “figure”. 

    It’s interesting, isn’t it? If you want to go deeper in the fascinating world of Chinese, do not hesitate to contact the professionals of Treze.Marketing, we’ll guide you in this adventure.