China is becoming a major world market, but many locals still speak Mandarin, so there are a number of things to consider when you’re visiting.
One of them is the language you use.
“You can understand the words, but the meaning is completely different,” says Michelle Phelan, who owns Chinery China.
Ms Phelin says that Mandarin is the lingua franca of China, but it can be hard to understand when you speak it.
“The way people speak in Mandarin is different to how they speak in English.
So, people will try to understand you and the conversation and try to use the correct language,” she says.
“And when you do that, the people that you’re talking to will not understand what you’re saying, so that’s really important to keep in mind.”
Mandarin has its advantages over English.
For example, you don’t need to worry about using English grammar.
Chinese speakers can also speak Mandarin fluently, so you can make the most of their English.
Mandarin also comes with a wealth of cultural history.
There are thousands of ancient texts written in Chinese, but not all are available online.
“For instance, one of the texts that I know of is the Book of the Great Journey, which is one of our earliest texts.
And it was written by the first emperor of China in the 7th century,” Ms Phet said.
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Ms Han says that many Chinese people still use Chinese for everyday communication.
“We can speak Mandarin in our homes, and people will say, ‘Hey, do you speak Chinese?’ and they’ll say yes.
And that’s because they are using Mandarin,” she said.
Ms Siang also uses Mandarin for everyday conversations, and says the language has a lot to offer in terms of everyday use.
Ms Mok says she uses Chinese for shopping and to check up on her pets.
But for those who want to speak more in Mandarin, Mandarin offers many benefits.
“It’s very good in the way you’re able to express yourself, and it gives you a lot of freedom in terms the language.
You can say whatever you want to say and you don,t need to learn how to say it,” she explains.
“There’s so much more to say in Mandarin that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to say, say in English.”
Ms Phen says that her customers are mostly Chinese expats and people who want a more intimate conversation.
“If you’re in a relationship with a Chinese person, they will be very receptive to Mandarin,” Ms Muth says.
For some Chinese people, the language is a challenge to speak.
“I don’t speak Chinese at all,” says Ms Pheran.
“They’re really good in Mandarin.
They’re really friendly.
I don’t think it’s a problem at all.
It’s not like they’re not understanding.”
Ms Mihai says her customers come from all over the world, and she’s happy to share Mandarin with them.
“My customers come all over and they all speak Chinese,” she added.
“But Mandarin is definitely one of my favourite languages.”
Ms Sivakaraman, who is studying Mandarin, says she has spoken Mandarin with people in Hong Kong, and the language feels more natural.
“When you’re speaking Mandarin, you’re more relaxed, because you know what you are saying,” she explained.
“That’s why I love speaking Mandarin with my customers.”
Ms Zeng says she enjoys Chinese in all its forms.
“Even when I’m in Hongkong, when I go out, I speak Mandarin,” the 23-year-old says.
Ms Zhi says she was born and raised in Hong-Kong, and that she’s always wanted to go to China.
“After studying Mandarin in Hong Kong, I was really happy that I found this place, and I love it so much.
And I’m not really used to the Chinese culture, so it’s not really a problem,” she concludes.
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Ms Pheng agrees that Mandarin offers a lot more freedom than English.
“As a person who’s Chinese, I really like to be free and express myself in my own language,” Ms Phung said.
“Chinese is a really good way to express myself because you can express yourself in a different way and express yourself using a different language, and Mandarin is a good way because you don.t have the constraints that you do in English,” she adds.
“Because it’s so natural, you can talk in a relaxed way, and you can also express yourself.
You don’t have to think about grammar and spelling.”
For some, learning Mandarin is more about cultural identity than business.
“Some people don’t like Mandarin, and they’re a little bit afraid