...said the person who speaks a language in which you have to remember the perfective and imperfective forms of every damn verb (and conjugation pattern), the stress paradigm of every damn noun, and which gender every noun ending with a palatal consonant belongs to (oh, and there are exceptions when it comes to some other nouns) about the language that barely has any irregular forms, noun gender, or agreement based on number or person or animacy.
Seriously, Chinese is a damn walk in the park when compared to Russian.
well, things can get very complicated when you learn a non-Indo-European language (assuming your native language is Indo-European)... prepare to defy your expectations
Let's just say it's easy to learn speaking Chinese but if you want to learn the complicated Chinese characters,not the simplied Chinese characters, then i will say learning Russian is easier in this case. Sorry but I get so pissed everytime I see you comment on learning Chinese is like a walk in the park. Yes I speak Mandarin and Cantonese.
Thank you so much, I was looking for an App to learn Chinese or Japanese.
They're listed as synonyms in wiktionary, but сложный is more like "complex" or complicated."
So, сложная задача would mean a task that is really complex, say building a house and трудная задача is a task that is not so complex, but challenging because it takes time of a strength, like moving a big rock 100 metres. Is that right?
Mandarin is like any other spoken language, you just get used to it.
However, the Chinese writing system is a completely different story.
'There is still the awe-inspiring fact that Chinese people manage to learn their own language very well. Perhaps they are like the gradeschool kids that Baroque performance groups recruit to sing Bach cantatas. The story goes that someone in the audience, amazed at hearing such youthful cherubs flawlessly singing Bach's uncompromisingly difficult vocal music, asks the choir director, "But how are they able to perform such difficult music?" "Shh -- not so loud!" says the director, "If you don't tell them it's difficult, they never know."' (http://www.pinyin.info/readings/texts/moser.html)
(off-topic) as a native Chinese speaker, I will use 我不覺得中文是難學的外語 instead.
If you are still learning, keep it up!
If Chinese is difficult, than so is English to non-native born people:)
It used to be for me. Then I meet German and Russian with their genders and conjugations. And suddenly English seems like child's play.
"Chinese is the difficult language" sounds like there is only one difficult language, and all other languages are easy. "Chinese is a difficult language" sounds like there are multiple difficult languages and Chinese is one of them.
To Barttomiej: because it is not the only difficult language, it is one of them
Chinese is easier than Russian in my opinion. Argue all you want, only struvgle you may have is getting the tones right and writing, thats about it.