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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Chinese, Japanese or Korean?

¡Buenas noches! (VEN)

Considering for an Asian language i just have stuck choosing it.

First at all, i am a native Spanish speaker and i'm currently studying International trade. I was thinking about learning an Asian language it would be cool right?, but i get stuck with those ones!

Every mentioned language has an excellent business field and i cannot decide myself!

I want you to explain me.. why would you choose one of them?

P.S: Sorry if i have a grammatical error.

May 13, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

All three languages are useful and interesting; you can't go wrong with any of them.

You should keep in mind that for both Chinese and Japanese, it takes a major investment of time to learn to read and write, since their writing systems are ideographic. To be considered literate in Japanese you need to know about 2000 characters (plus the syllabaries); for Chinese, there are much more. This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- I love the characters (especially the "traditional" ones -- the simplified versions have lost some of the elegance, IMHO), but it is time that will take you away from speaking and listening. Korean uses an alphabet (of which Koreans are VERY proud) that you can learn in a day.

Another point to consider is phonetics and pronunciation. Chinese is a tonal language: the word "ma", for example, can mean four different things depending on whether you say with with a rising intonation, falling intonation, etc. One way means "mother". Another way means "horse". Funny mistakes can happen if you get them wrong (ie, "Let's go ride your mother!" :-)) The tones really aren't a problem to learn (Mandarin only has four which are pretty easy to distinguish), but they significantly impact upon the overall "sound" of the language. Tonal languages can sometimes sound--to native speakers of non-tonal languages--very cacophonous. And if the overall sound isn't to your liking, you might not stick with it. Korean and Japanese, in contrast, are non-tonal.

Good luck!

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Oh man, thank you so much! i see you are deep in the matter..

I have searched for answers before commenting in Duolingo and, i also noticed the Korean Alphabet was easier than other ones.. it was nice to know!

I really love so many things about those languages, but Korean is taking my attention.. maybe i learn it and then try learning others.. it'll depend in my success.

Thank you so much Mr Michael!

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

My pleasure. One of my best friends in high school took up Korean because he wanted to watch Korean soap operas. He's really enjoyed it! :-)

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Haha it would be nice!

Do you think German is a good trade language?

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

I am not sure what you mean exactly. German is is certainly a very important language and one that is, in my opinion, fun to learn. I love the sound of German and have come to appreciate German movies and music. Are you enjoying learning German?

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Oh yeah, i find German speaking easier than French.. i really like it :)

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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I find that actually learning to recognize and read Kanji is much easier than I anticipated. Learning to write them, on the other hand, is a very difficult task.

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

Although Hangul (the Korean alphabet) is quite fast to learn and used a lot there are places where Koreans still use Hanja (the traditional characters). For example, according to a South Korean I was talking to, Hanja is still used in law because it allows people to distinguish homophones and so leads to greater clarity.

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Great point! i going to check out for it.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

During the two trips I made to Korea, I think the only Hanja I saw were on the walls of temples. I don't think you'll need to learn them, if at all, until you have reached a pretty advanced stage of Korean (or decide to become a Buddhist monk there!) :-)

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Haha good luck!

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TedUnruh

I've always wanted to learn Japanese.

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimmksk

I'm Korean so I recommend you Korean lol

chinese is the most similar language to spanish, while you can't read the letter if you don't know how to read. (all letter has its sound and you can guess by similar one but you need to check)

japanese and korean is quite similar in grammar so it would be great if you learn one first and do second xD Japanese use three sets of characters -two are phonemic writings (they are corresponded with its sound, like /a/ あ:ア ) and one of them is similar to chinese (which is called kanji) korean consists only of phonemic writing while you need to know the changing of sound (it is very regular with some exceptions)

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Thank you so much for replying me, i know Chinese is a difficult language.. your words do not surprise me lol

Japanese is a great language, but i do not know.. am i forced to learn all three system writings?

And about Korean.. i just have to say "I am falling in love" haha!

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimmksk

ahah of course you need to know all xD

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

T.T

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimmksk

*i only explained the first part (you will encounter to read and pronounce firstly right?)

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick.-

Chino, te recomiendo el Chino porque China es una de las más grandes potencias mundiales, y todas las grandes empresas se encuentran allí, China tiene miles de exportadores en todo el mundo, y uno puede ganar muchísimo trabajando allá.

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

I imagined everyone was going to say me that.. :)

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimK77777

A bit of English advice: action of saying is about pronouncing something: "to say a word"; while action of telling is about giving info to someone "to tell me that".

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Ohh thank you man, your words are welcome!

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TedUnruh

Where would you learn those ?They arent on duo.

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimmksk

maybe memrise?

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

Japanese because of anime, harajuku and Korean for K-Pop ^_^

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

I think the Japanese culture is amazing, they know how to appreciate life!

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pullearner

Try Mongolian it is amazing

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clc_grace

I would say Chinese because of its diverse culture and the fact that it's becoming an economic superpower. Also Chinese grammar is pretty fluid, asides from characters I would say it's relatively easy to learn.

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

It would be nice to move there.. it will make the learning easier!

thank you for replying! :)

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

China is the biggest of the three countries, and you are almost guaranteed to meet more Chinese people in your life based on sheer weight of numbers, so it's probably safe to say it is the most sensible and practical choice to make.

Japanese in my opinion is a lot more easily approachable than Chinese, because the spoken sounds are much more what most speakers of European languages are used to, and it is much easier to get started with the writing system they use (though no less difficult to master), and probably most of all, Japanese culture is a very longstanding western import, nearly everybody can point to a Japanese film or computer game that they love, even if they have only experienced the translated version

I know very little about Korean unfortunately, so I can't really sell it the way I can the others, but it's worth mentioning that when they say you can learn to read it in a day, that you can actually learn to read it in a day (I have even though I know not a word of Korean). It's also a fascinating country with a lot of influence, even despite the fact that it is tragically split down the middle, it still manages to carry a giant presence in the world.

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

I really know a little about Chinese business and i think as positive as you.. learning Chinese will help me a lot!

i am going to wait for Chinese for English speaker course here on Duolingo..

and well, i have just decided to start with Korean.. i love music and K-pop will make this journey amazing!! haha anyways thank you so much ¡Saludos!

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

You could be waiting a long time... try out HelloChinese or ChineseSkill apps, they are very similar to Duolingo.

The Japanese course should be out in a few days I've heard, so I would try that out as well.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

I am already learning German so, i'll expect to be a bit fluent before starting another language.. maybe Korean :)

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

Yeah, it helps to become confident in a language before you branch out, otherwise you end up getting addicted to change like me... it's a double edged sword!

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leon296232

to talk with more than 1 375 000 000 People to do business with world second economic entity to speak Chinese in China,Hong Kong, Taiwan,Singapore,Malaysia to speak in Chinatown everywhere

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanJho_

Venezuela has no chinatowns, but there are too many Chinese stores!

Thank you so much for commenting!

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimK77777

There is a Russian proverb that says: "An optimist studies English, a pessimist studies Chinese, ...a realist studies AK". Since we're studying languages here, Chinese it is. :)

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimmksk

what is AK?

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimK77777
May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sie00

Afrikans?

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pullearner

There are two kinds for Mongolian Cyrillic and Asian

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pullearner

I know more them like Thai

May 14, 2017
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