How should I start learning Mandarin
I know the alphabet in Pinyin and that's it. I'm stuck/confused a little. The symbols used in Chinese are they pictograms? I Started Korean on here because a friend was wanting to learn it. So far it's not to bad, but with Duolingo it makes learning easier for me. I don't know what youtube videos to start with in learning how to read and write. Learning through reading is hard for me so Youtube and Duolingo makes it easier. I'm currently waiting for Duolingo to get Mandarin, but I want a headstart. Could anyone give advice. Thanks.
The symbols used in Chinese are they pictograms?
Yes! But also no... It's kinda complicated...
In essence, there are four kinds of characters.
The first time is pictograms. They (at least sorta) look like the word they mean. 木 means tree, 日 means sun, 火 means fire, 山 means mountain, and 口 means mouth.
Then there are ideograms, which embody abstract concepts. 三 means three, 上 means up, and 下 means down.
Then there are compound ideograms, which use a combination of characters to embody an abstract concept. 明, which is made up of 日 meaning sun and 月 meaning moon, means bright.
Then there's the fourth type, which are ideo-phonetic. It's a bit difficult to explain, but it works like this: 媽, meaning mother, is made up of 女, meaning woman, and 馬, meaning horse. While the 馬 part doesn't have anything to do with the meaning of the word, that part on its own is pronounced "mǎ," while 媽 as a whole is pronounced "mā," so the 女 part tells you that it has something to do with women, and the 馬 part tells you that it sounds like the word for horse. Thus, we get mā, meaning mother. Granted, this system isn't very helpful to a learner of the language at first, but I think it gets a bit easier as you go on.