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comment Are there differences in writing between Chinese languages, such as Mandarin and Shanghainese
Many thanks, that even answers some of the questions I wanted to pose later :)
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
Thank you for the detailed explanation!
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
Hello Huang. Thank you for your explanations. I still don't understand point 2. So maybe you can help further. Why do you say "Grammar is not the point." As far as I understand, the grammar of Chinese (be it Classical or Modern) and Japanese is very different. And my understanding is, that for a time, the Japanese used just Chinese Characters. (Before they developed Hiragana and Katakana) How was this possible (or am I just wrong?)
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
Maybe it boils down to the following: How helpful in learning the characters is knowing the way to speak them? It certainly is not needed for the pure pictographs or ideographs, but these are a small fraction only.
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
I don't expect it to be easier then learning it after Modern Chinese. If you know Modern Chinese, you know the characters after all. I just get the impression that there might be a short cut.
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
Thank you for the explanation. I really misunderstood. Well, we both did :) I don't expect Classical Chinese to help for Modern Chinese. I just tried to cast doubt on the other direction too. So I'd like to have a course about Classical Chinese without the way over (and independent of) Modern Chinese. It seems to be a completely different language after all.
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comment Classical Chinese Literature - What languages could be written with it? And why?
"why does a foreigner want to learn the classic Chinese in the first place?" Well, that's a strange question for stackexchange. Why do we want to learn stuff? Out of utter curiosity of course. Classical Chinese is one of the great languages of culture, it has been in use for thousands of years. For me thats enough.
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