How many languages can you speak? Which languages can you read or understand?
My shameful answer is that I can speak one and half languages, English and Cantonese. I barely have any opportunity to speak Cantonese nowadays that I hardly know how to. But give me couple of weeks of living with my parents or in Hong Kong, I'll be back to a more respectful level.
As for reading and understanding, I can only claim one now. Chinese is a lost cause for me. Reading and writing are so different from speaking that I'll need lots more time to (re)learn Chinese. (Not that I was good at Chinese before I immigrated to Britain but that's kind of beside the point, isn't it?)
I think tones of mandarin
pronunciation is the most difficult part for me. My teacher in Beijing Chinese School spent about 1
week explaining to me. After almost 2 months, I finally can pronounce correctly
many words. To learn Chinese and mandarin,
grammar is so easy. I always watch CLTV to practice listening and practice
oral Chinese with
volunteers on Voice
Connecting China. I Love Chinese
is also a good magazine to learn Chinese culture.You can use a Chinese Pronunciation
Dictionary on Learn Chinese
site. It can help you to pronounce a Chinese word or Chinese sentence.