Offering Chinese for English Speakers (提供中文语言课给英语者)
I really hope to have Mandarin Chinese offered as a course for English speakers here on Duolingo! It's such a beautiful language, and also the most widely spoken on Earth. Mandarin is also not as hard as it seems. Yes, it's true that you'll have to learn a new writing system and memorize 3,000 characters to be able to get by in China, but the grammar is extremely simple, and the language is structured similarly to English.
-No Conjugation 我说(Wǒ Shūo/I speak) 你说(Nǐ Shūo/ You speak) 他说(Tā Shūo/He speaks) 她说(Tā Shūo/ She speaks) 他们说 (Tā Mén Shūo/ They speak) 我们说 (Wǒ Mén Shūo/ We speak) etc.
Notice how the verb 说(Shūo) stays the same.
-Past tense In Mandarin Chinese, the past tense does not require changing a word, merely adding the character 了(lè) to the end of the sentence.
我吃 (Wǒ Chī/I eat) 我吃了(Wǒ Chī Lè/I ate)
-No Masculine or Feminine Verbs to stress about Just like English, and unlike many other languages, such as French, Mandarin has no gender for nouns, giving you one less thing to worry about.
-Vocabulary Unlike in English where there are so many words for different things, in Mandarin, new words are simply formed by combining already used characters together to form a new word, called 词(cí)
飞(Fēi/Fly) 机 (Jī/Machine)
Airplane= 飞 + 机 = 飞机 Airplane= Flying Machine
Kind of simple, right?
Yes, Mandarin has 4 tones, and yes, you will have to spend probably a few months to get them mastered, but once you really get into the intermediate level, you'll find out that it's really not that hard after all.
I would be able to contribute, as I'm a native Chinese speaker, and would be happy to help once this course appears in the incubator, hopefully sometime soon! I understand the struggles of learning a language myself, and I hope I haven't made too many mistakes with my English Grammar...
If anyone needs any help with their Chinese, in the absence of a course, just comment below, and I'll do my best to help.
P.S.: Here's the special characters you can copy and paste if you need it for Pinyin: ā á ǎ à ē é ě è ō ó ǒ ò ī í ǐ ì ū ú ǔ ù ǖ ǘ ǚ ǜ
Please comment below if you support a Chinese course here on Duolingo!
Luis said it's very possible for the Chinese course to hit the incubator this year, after Japanese.
There are other apps who fill in this gap currently. I would recommend those who are interested in learning Chinese on something Duolingo-like to look into Chinese Skill and HelloChinese.
I've been learning chinese with a private teacher for 5 years and it is amazing and easy I love it
I am hoping for a Mandarin Course also, Luis did say something about it being likely to be in the incubator this year, if i remember correctly. :)
Good explanation of the basics of Mandarin Chinese. That is exactly what you need when you quickly want to start learning a natural language. I give 1 Lingot for that.