Hello all, I am assuming this is related to B-school life as I will be attending B-School, and I hope to make it part of my life =)
Will be starting B-school in September 2008, and I would like to find a good short-term program (4-7 weeks?) where I can get a jumpstart learning Mandarin. The program should be IN CHINA and should take place anytime from July-mid September 2008. If anyone has taken part in a program, or has first hand knowledge of a program there I would love to hear about it. I don't care about getting credit for my studies - and I don't even need to be in the worlds most "perfect" program. All I am looking for is something decent that won't take my money and run =) Basiaclly, schools in China /webpages for programs to sign up through
Also - I lived in Japan for a few years, so I know how difficult it can be to learn an Asian language. I realize that 4-7 weeks isn't much time!
Anyhow, all advice is greatly appreciated.
The biggest differences between Japanese and Chinese ->
Japanese is monotonal, Mandarin has 4 tones (Cantonese 9)
Parts of the grammar in Japanese is easier to learn due to the use of hiragana to form common verbs and tenses
Foreign words are easier to learn because of katakana.
Pronounciation (when reading) is easier due to furigana.
However if you already know some Kanjii, then learning chinese can be easier. Be careful of differences in meaning...
e.g Train in Japanese is -> 電車 and in Chinese it is 火車. Probably influenced by the era in which trains were introduced to the respective countries.