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View Poll Results: Which of Chinese or Japanese is harder to learn for a Westerner?
Chinese is harder 23 74.19%
Japanese is harder 8 25.81%
Voters: 31. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-23-2016, 03:07 AM
 
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Yeah you just know it you bastard That's how my gf feels about my Spanish haha. How can I do the R sound so easily and how I know how to conjugate verbs without thinking
Conjugation... Nightmare for me...
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:32 AM
 
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I wanted to learn Chinese but when I heard about tones I gave up, this concept doesn't suit me at all...Shameful because I love the writing and it's a beautiful culture but it's life, I took Brazilian Portuguese instead.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:09 AM
 
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I think both are difficult, Japanese also use Chinese characters, Korean seem to be easier
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:28 AM
 
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Chinese would be more difficult because it (in all it's dialects) is a tonal language. Japanese is more what we are used to in that it is not tonal. With a tonal language an incorrect voice inflection can have you saying something totally different than you intend.

As far as writing, they'd both be difficult.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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I've learned both (Japanese and Mandarin) at one point, and I say Mandarin because of the tonal pronunciation.

Mick
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