some questions

Steve K   Monday, September 27, 2004, 06:10 GMT
Do not let the tones hold you back. We use the same tones in English but as emphasis in a sentence rather than to distiguish meaning. The characters are a lot of work, but you need a system of learning and you need to see them in context often. Not really different from learning vocabulary, just much more time consuming.
Mxsmanic   Monday, September 27, 2004, 18:22 GMT
Interesting. The other problem, though, is: With whom would I converse? (That's a problem when learning any language, unless it's the native language of the locals in the place where one lives.)
Steve K   Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 13:05 GMT