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Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard

Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard
(简体字: 为什么中文这么TM难? ) (繁體字: 為什麼中文這麼TM難? ) The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, "Hard for whom?" A reasonable question. If this were as far as I went, my statement would be a pretty empty one. If you don't believe this, just ask a Chinese person. Everyone's heard the supposed fact that if you take the English idiom "It's Greek to me" and search for equivalent idioms in all the world's languages to arrive at a consensus as to which language is the hardest, the results of such a linguistic survey is that Chinese easily wins as the canonical incomprehensible language. There is truth in this linguistic yarn; Chinese does deserve its reputation for heartbreaking difficulty. Okay, having explained a bit of what I mean by the word, I return to my original question: Why is Chinese so damn hard ? 1. Beautiful, complex, mysterious -- but ridiculous. The problem of reading is often a touchy one for those in the China field. 2. 3.

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