The Chinese language is quite the mystery to the English-speaking world. Aiken saw to be complex and intimidating to understand. If you’re wanting to learn the Chinese language, it is best to learn it not only as a tool to communicate with the culture but to also learn about the history and the ways of the Chinese.
The Chinese language, historically, evolved from Proto-Sino-Tibetan and has turned into what it is today with most communities in the Chinese culture speaking a Cantonese or Mandarin form of the language. Both varieties are different based on their geographical location. The Chinese language linguistics can be traced back easier than the Chinese alphabet can since there is little documentation to support its origins.
There are a lot of different ways available you to learn the Chinese language. By looking around your community, you may be able to find classes that teach the language. Many times, these classes will be at schools and universities, or a less costly avenue through adult continuing education classes. If you prefer lessons that are more private and not set on a schedule, online courses are probably the best for you. It is easier to learn Chinese when you can hear someone articulate the language through listening. You will need to hear the tone and phonetics involved to truly learn this language. You can hear the language by hiring a private instructor or tutor to teach you how to speak Chinese properly or find an online course that includes the lessons spoken for you to hear. The characters can be one of the most difficult parts to master as you learn the language. The grammar will likely not be as hard since it is more basic than the grammar that is used in English.
Many times, we see the Chinese characters written on a page or on wall art in a restaurant and we see the art that is the Chinese language. Our curiosity may draw us to learn more about the language and the culture behind the writing. By learning the Chinese language, you can learn more about the culture and deepen your appreciation for it. Just make sure you are ready to open your world to the possibilities the Chinese language can open to you.