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Old 07-04-2014, 07:53 PM
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I know Mandarin and Cantonese and other Chinese languages all sound quite different, but there are still some similarities. Given that, how would you rank the major Asian languages in how similar they sound to the Sinitic languages?

Hmong languages
Indian languages

Old 07-05-2014, 02:43 AM
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None of them are like Chinese languages.
Names and many words of Korean and Vietnamese are based on Chinese characters, each Chinese character has a local tone. For example Hanoi, Da Nang, Vietnam, Pyongyang, Busan, Jeju... can all be written as 2 chinese characters. Still, there are large differences between Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese language, they are not even classified as the same family. It is not right relate different languages closely despite high usage of Chinese characters in Japan, Korea and Vietnam in the past. Mongolians is less related to Chinese despite being the same country as the rest of China in Yuan and Qing dynasties. Burmese has some similiarites with Tibetans.
Old 07-06-2014, 01:26 PM
Location: San Francisco, California
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none of them sound like Chinese languages

the only languages that sound close would be different dialects of the same language, like a Chinese from a different province with a different dialect of the same language.
Old 07-06-2014, 03:52 PM
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For a Chinese speaker, they all sound very different. However, relatively speaking, Mongolian, Malay and Indian languages sound the most distinctive.

Japanese does not sound like Mandarin or Cantonese etc., but may be relatively similar to some Wu Chinese (only phonology).
Old 07-06-2014, 03:57 PM
Location: Taipei
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None of them,seriously,period.
Old 07-06-2014, 04:52 PM
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Korean and Japanese sound like Chinese? What????
Old 07-06-2014, 11:22 PM
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For names of Korean and Vietnamese people, they do sound very similar to the Chinese pronounciation, and all such names can be written in coresponding Chinese characters.

For Japanese, it is just the Kanji which were originated from China. Hoeever, their pronounciation are very different to the Chinese pronounciation.
Old 07-07-2014, 04:41 AM
Location: West Jakarta + Tangerang
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foreign friends told me, the people of Indonesia spoke Indonesian sounded like Japanese , and there are others who say why Indonesian people speak their language so much with a mixed of English word , and I told them, "No" in general Indonesian such as Malay / Tagalog language only different accent and word, which makes we a Group Of Austronesia Language . ^^^_^^^
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