Diamond Wolf (diamond_wolf) wrote in chineselanguage,
Diamond Wolf
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Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard

An essay on difficulties of the Chinese language by an experienced professional sinologist:

http://ifile.it/ywrkv3i

: ) Contents:

1. Because the writing system is ridiculous
2. Because the language doesn't have the common sense to use an alphabet
3. Because the writing system just ain't very phonetic
4. Because you can't cheat by using cognates
5. Because even looking up a word in the dictionary is complicated
6. Then there's classical Chinese (wenyanwen)
7. Because there are too many romanization methods and they're all lousy
8. Because tonal languages are werid
9. Because east is east and west is west, and the twain have only recently met
Conclusion
Bibliography


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X-posted in diamond_wolf, ru_chinese, ru_tao
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