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Should we modify the old soviet joke about russian?
"Learn Mandy now, before it is compulsory!"

@Gemlog Except that it is not a joke in Thailand. Children are learning Mandarin. I learned Mandarin too for a few hours since PRC government sent a group of teachers to my hometown.

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@veer66
I was posting an old joke, but I realize there is some truth behind it.
All spoken languages work (obviously), but the writing systems certainly aren't equal!
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@Gemlog I agree that writing systems are not equal, especially when people post long Mandarin text on Twitter or Mastodon. I can remember a few Chinese characters but I have never able to pronounce many sounds in Mandarin.

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@veer66
Yes, that one and canto, because of the tones, but I imagine one could become mostly comprehensible.
BTW, I'm not promoting the english alphabet as perfect either - the russian one has more sounds in it. I was all excited about the unifon alphabet in my youth, but nothing ever happened with it :-(
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@Gemlog I cannot pronounce zh and x in Mandarin. I pronounced wrong tone of Hainan (island), and my Chinese friends didn't comprehend. 😭

I believe that Latin alphabet and even Cyrillic script are easier to learn than Chinese characters. However, PRC occupies economy here completely. I don't think I have many choices. 🤷🏾‍♂️

I could choose, I'd probably choose Telugu and Malay language. 🤔

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@veer66
My mother tongue is english. As a teen I learned the greek alphabet (very quickly from a very pretty girl) and a couple of years ago I added cyrillic.
When I take notes I form the letters ala palm pilot graffiti - which i still use for android phones. I also mix in any symbols from math/phys that will save time, like the backwards e for exists or the upside down a for 'all'.
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@veer66
In the late 80's and into the 90's many hong kongers came to my province of BC in canada. I thought cantonese was the main language of china!
For a while a girl tried to teach me a little canto, but I could never say even the simplest sentences correctly :-( She eventually just gave up on me.
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@Gemlog I suppose the main ethnic group in my hometown is Teochew. I thought Teochew was the main language of PRC too. 🤦🏾‍♂️

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