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Mandarin is a Language or Dialect
by Miss Lim Mandarin (MAMA)
Friday, 9 December 2022
Mandarin is often referred to as a dialect, but it is actually a language in its own right. While it is related to other Chinese languages and dialects, such as Cantonese, Hokkien, and Hakka, it has its own unique characteristics and features that make it distinct from these other languages.
One of the main differences between Mandarin and other Chinese dialects is the way it is written. Like other Chinese languages, Mandarin uses characters known as Hanzi to represent words. These characters are the same for all Chinese languages and dialects, but the way they are pronounced is different in Mandarin and other dialects. For example, the word for "mother" is written the same way in Mandarin and Cantonese, but it is pronounced differently in the two languages.
Another difference between Mandarin and other Chinese dialects is its tonal nature. In a tonal language, the meaning of a word can change depending on the tone in which it is spoken. Mandarin has four tones, which are used to convey different meanings. For example, the word "ma" can have different meanings depending on the tone used, such as mother, horse, or scold. This can be difficult for learners of Mandarin, but it is an important aspect of the language.
Overall, while Mandarin is often referred to as a dialect, it is actually a language in its own right. It has its own unique characteristics, including its written form and tonal nature, which make it distinct from other Chinese languages and dialects.
Miss Lim has coached over 5000+ students in learning Malaysian Mandarin. She is a certified HRDCorp trainer and able to speak 5 languages which are Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Cantonese.
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