Who Am I ? | Chinese? Taiwanese? PART 2Why are you teaching Chinese if you are
not a Chinese?
If you haven't seen the previous post, please click HERE first then come back to this one.
So let's talk about the rest of the questions that I've mentioned in the previous post!
Question 4 : Why did you say Taiwan is a country?
People who usually ask me this question mostly consider Taiwan is part of China and not an independent country. I happened to see a video on YouTube which can answer this question. So please click HERE to see this video and find out why. :)
Question 5 : You accent is a bit weird/different an different from people in mainland China. Do you speak standard Mandarin?
Well...as you know that there are sooooooooo many people speaking Mandarin and Chinese speaking people are from different areas (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai...etc..)
Plus, each person has his or her own accent more or less.
So who is qualified to set up the standard?
And what is it really considered "A Standard Mandarin Accent"
I try to speak Chinese as clear as possible and I have less influence from different dialects I speak when I'm speaking Chinese.
So don't worry if you are learning from my video lessons. ;)
You can also compare different accents on your own simply by just watching different YouTube videos from Mandarin natives.
In the end, I would say..there's no standard Mandarin in real life because we have to talk to people from all parts of this world and we simply can't say which one is the standard one or control people's accent when speaking with them, right?
If you really have your own preference when learning a foreign language, you should ask things you concern before you take a lesson with a Chinese teacher.
Question 6 : What's the differences between Taiwan and China in terms of the language Mandarin Chinese?
This is actually the same question when you are asking a person from an English speaking country " What's the difference between British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian English and South African English?"
English speaking people are around the world just as many as Mandarin speaking people. In general, it's all Mandarin, so basically it's the same language, but there are still differences in expressions, accents, usages, and some slangs.
And one more, in Taiwan, we use "traditional Chinese" as our written character whereas in China, they use "simplified Chinese" as their written character.
That's all for all the questions, I hope these two posts help you understand more about Taiwan, China and Mandarin Chinese. :)
Thank you for your patience for reading it all through! :)