hedwards Posted April 9, 2014 at 06:34 PM Report Share Posted April 9, 2014 at 06:34 PM I definitely agree that movies are a great way to learn. Ideally you'll want to have the characters, the pinyin, the lliteral translation and the translation. At least for individuals that are just starting out. And if you're having a really hard time hearing a section, that's when you pull out praat and analyze the recording. But it's a common misconception that a language is sounds. Written and sign languages are just as legitimately language as spoken language is. In fact in some ways they're superior to spoken language if you want to learn. Trying to text in real time is every bit as challenging as speaking is, it's just that rather than having to hear and speak, you're having to write and read. But, in both cases you develop a very similar feel for the language. With the upside that you have a transcript that you can go back and view and check for accuracy after the conversation is over as a reality check. It gets back to what a word actually is, I'm not sure where people got the idea that a word is more wordy when spoken than when written or signed, but all a word is is a unit of meaning. A sign, a written word or a spoken word are all equal in terms of their ability to communicate with somebody that understands. In Chinese more than most other languages, the written form is ultimately the more authoritative form. Even amongst native speakers, the written form is what they tend to fall back to when the pronunciation isn't clear. Mandarin has only about 400 unique syllables and that expands to about 1600 unique syllables when you include the tones. By contrast, the written form has somewhere between 50 and 100k different characters depending upon how you count. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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