15 Reasons Why Learning Chinese Is Easier Than English

It’s (almost) as easy as 一,二,三.

1. Mandarin does not give a damn about tenses.

There are none!

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2. The alphabet is totally phonetic.

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It’s called Pinyin and it makes the ABCs look pretty lame.

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3. It doesn’t have that many combinations of sounds.


As opposed to thousands in English.

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4. Mandarin ain’t got no time for too many syllables.

The majority of words only have one or two syllables.

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5. You can usually understand people even if you can’t make out the tones.

Tones = inflections. You can still figure out what people are saying through context.

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6. You could even just learn spoken Chinese with Pinyin and be illiterate.

If you want a quicker route. (Note: NOT promoting illiteracy here, just sayin…)

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7. Don’t like articles? GREAT! Mandarin doesn’t either.

There are none.

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8. Nouns don’t have plurals.


Nouns do have “units” that you have to remember, but kiss those -es’s goodbye.

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9. OR genders.

There are gendered pronouns (like he/she), but that’s about it. China thinks that pineapple should have a choice whether it’s male or female.

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10. All sentence patterns are fixed.


Subject + time + location + verb + object all day every day.

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11. Vocabulary makes more sense.

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12. Mandarin and Cantonese characters are written the same.

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Killing two birds with one stone AMIRITE?

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13. Numbers are used wayyyy more effectively and efficiently.

Months, for example, are just number + word for month. So January is 1 month, February is 2 month, etc.

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14. You don’t necessarily have to worry about dealing with different dialects.

Though people will talk smack behind your back if you don’t speak Cantonese in Hong Kong or Hakka in a Hakka neighborhood, almost everyone understands Mandarin.

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15. Some words actually look like the thing they describe.

It’s kind of like reading a picture book. Ish. Which is always cool.

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Convinced? Check out some free online Mandarin tutorials here.

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