Help me get my priorities straight re: learning Chinese
March 6, 2013 11:32 AM Subscribe
Which do I learn first--spoken Mandarin, spoken Cantonese, or written, or even all together?
posted by glache to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in an odd situation where I know very basic Cantonese (more like phrases, can't even string a sentence together) from listening to my parents over the last few years. I know Mandarin's more useful, and I'm taking a nighttime class, but it's really--I dunno, I think I need something more rigorous to motivate me (I studied it for a term at school and therefore know my tones while everyone else is still struggling, being completely brand new). Now I'm wondering about my plan for studying. Pretty much my goals are:
- Fluent in spoken Mandarin and Cantonese
- Fluent in written (or at least reading, it's embarassing not being able to read menus)
Now the thing is, I'm tossing up the following:
- Should I do spoken then written, or learn both together?
- If I do spoken then written, should I master Mandarin first (more practical sense), or Cantonese (just because I know a lot more already, even though I can't really string a sentence together or hold a conversation), OR should I even do both together?
Dor che! Xue xue hao