Working at the Groningen Confucius Institute GCI , I have had the chance to meet various people from a variety of backgrounds who want to study Chinese. Motivation to learn Chinese ranges from general interest and curiosity to seeking professional and academic advancement. Increasingly, university students are recognising the importance and significance of Chinese for their future career and enrolment numbers in Chinese programmes are experiencing a steady increase. Additionally, quite a few other students choose to learn Chinese just out of an interest in and curiosity for Chinese culture and its character-based language. From a Western learner, I once heard a description of the Chinese language: at first glance at the language, it resembles a jigsaw puzzle and you have no idea where to start. But if you work on some of the pieces and find more and more connections and principles, you will be encouraged to make the jigsaw image bigger and bigger.
Language Atlas of China: Chinese Dialects in China
World Map in Chinese Language
At the beginning of the Lunar New Year, Modu invites you to take a short break and have a peek at an interactive map posted on phonemica. The project, based on public language archives , began in and was initiated by two American researchers, Kellen Parker and Steve Hansen. Many markers on the map provide access to voice recording samples, including anecdotes and glimpses of life sketched in one of the many Chinese dialects. Both culturally and geographically sensitive, as well as visually stimulating, this enormous undertaking aims to promote the survival of Chinese dialects in the context of a rapidly colonizing Putonghua. According to its founders, the project was made possible by the voluntary participation of users who submitted audio recordings of personal stories, and volunteers who also aided in the process of transcription and translation.
Map In Chinese Language
Have you been wondering what the real difference is between Cantonese and Mandarin? Or did you think they were the same? Read on to find out what you need to know about the difference before embarking on your trip to China….
One of the most common areas of misunderstanding people have with regards to translation and interpreting is with the variations within the Chinese language. Many people are unaware that there are different Chinese dialects and different Chinese scripts. This article provides a simple explanation of these variations. There are many regional dialects and variations of the Chinese language.