Why Is Chinese So Hard To Learn?

Chinese is notoriously hard to learn, and with good reason. It is the bane of many Asian students, who spend day and night studying it. Likewise, many westerners and foreigners alike struggle to comprehend the language, even after months and months of constant learning. But why is it so? Why is Chinese so hard to learn? In this article, we shall discuss the possible reasons behind this phenomenon. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter! Without further ado, let’s begin.

#1: High Stroke Count Per Character

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One aspect of Chinese that drives many crazy is the number of strokes required to write a single character. Each Chinese character has an average of 12 strokes, making it more complicated than its English counterparts. because of the complicated nature of each character, many struggle to write its characters when first starting out. Furthermore, the Chinese language has 8105 unique characters! Compared to the English’s language mere 26 alphabets, Chinese is a monster. It is exactly because of this that learning new words in Chinese is difficult and require a higher form of memory. Not convinced? The above image contains one of the most complicated characters in the Chinese language. Try writing that.

#2: Words Can Have Vague And Numerous Meanings

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A single character in Chinese may have different meanings, many of which might be vague and hard to apply. Unlike that of English, many Chinese words do not have a direct meaning and may only be used in certain conditions. This makes it very difficult for a learner or beginner to differentiate when to use a word and when not to do so. Thus, phrasing and conjugating words become challenging and require much skill to accomplish. For example, the phrase “反弹” means rebound. Yes, you might think that rebound only probably refers to the rebound of a credit card or basketball. However, “反弹” also can mean backlash or repercussions! As can be seen, Chinese words often have abstract meanings that can be hard to grasp.

#3: Words That Sound The Same Can Have Different Meanings

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This adds to the confusion of the Chinese language. Different characters with different strokes can sound the same! Yes, you read it correctly, many characters sound the same. As such, many phrases may sound identical and may be difficult to differentiate. Again, this makes conversation very difficult to conduct, as a listener might have to infer the phrase’s meaning by considering and analysing the immediate context of the conversation and the relevant sentence structures in which it is used in. This intuition is not so easy to pick up and it may take years before it clicks in your mind.

Conclusion

In short, Chinese proves to be a infamously difficult language to learn, not just because of its complexity, but also because of its unintuitive nature and heavy emphasis on memory. Of course, learning Chinese is not 100% rocket science and can be achieved. It would just take more time and effort to master compared to other languages. If you did enjoy this article, do consider giving it a like! Do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t done so! Thanks for reading!

Which Angry Bird Are You Today?

Yes, you read it correctly. Which Angry Bird do you relate to? Sometimes, trying to express our feelings can be difficult. However, we are able to do so more effectively and easily when we associate them to fictional characters and sometimes, humour. I hope that this post will be a refreshing and rejuvenating one, especially for those who are Angry Bird fans! Before you continue reading, do follow me (so you won’t miss a thing) and subscribe to my newsletter (by entering your email on my website).

#1: Red

Source: Netflix

For those of you who don’t know, Red is the leader of the flock. Irritable, he is very prone to outbursts of rage when provoked. His anger notwithstanding, he is an effective and cunning leader who uses subterfuge to defend his eggs against the pigs, who often use all sorts of contraptions in their attempts to steal the eggs. Meanwhile, he is mainly an unsociable person, who does not enjoy the company of others, mostly due to his troubled childhood. Do you feel angry and annoyed today? Then Red is your bird of choice!

#2: The Blues

Source: Angry Birds Toons

The Blues are the youngest members of the flock. They love to play pranks on both the pigs and other members of the flock. Naturally playful, they are often seen playing with each other, often to the dismay of Red and the other birds. Also, they possess awesome creative thinking skills and are shown to be very intelligent. In other words, they are resourceful birds who are able to work together to solve problems and design pranks on a grand scale. Feel playful and cheerful today? The blues are your friends!

#3: Chuck

Source: Angry Birds Toons

Both Chuck and The Blues have many qualities in common. Chuck is known to be a playful bird as well and loves to do martial arts. He possesses high levels of natural confidence and isn’t afraid to show off his newly-learnt talents and tricks. He is a supportive friend and would do anything to help his friends. However, his arrogance has occasionally resulted in him being stuck in sticky situations. Nonetheless, he has a great passion for learning and exploring the unknown. Feel confident, curious and energetic? Chuck is your best friend for today!

#4: Bomb

Source: Angry Birds YouTube Channel

It’s no wonder Bomb, Chuck and The Blues are always seen together. Also a fun person, Bomb loves to play games and read comic books. He is seen as an uncle in the eyes of The Blues and is a kind and gentle person at heart. He dislikes tedious tasks and almost always looks for the easiest way out of any problem. This doesn’t mean he doesn’t get the job done, though. Like the Blues, he is a creative and flexible person. The only difference is that he uses his talents to save time and expedite menial tasks. Feel lazy and relaxed today? Bomb is your friend!

#5: Terence

Source: Angry Birds Toons

Terence is a silent bird. He enjoys being by himself, all the while staying away from the other birds. Do you see that facial expression up there? That’s his face 24/7. It never changes. It’s a face of perpetual and infinite boredom. It is because of this that many other members of the flock secretly fear him and are unable to bond with him. Other than this, we know nothing else about terence. Feel grumpy and bored today? Terence is your friend (even though Terence has no friends).

#6: Matilda

Source: Angry Birds Toons

Matilda is seen as the motherly figure of the flock. She is mostly seen caring for the eggs and preparing meals for the birds. She is also a bird of peace and an admirer of nature. Thus, she is also seen in her garden tending to her flowers. She is a terence and tranquil bird most of the time, but her anger can occasionally boil over and when it does, it’s destructive. So, if you feel full of peace today, Matilda is your buddy! If you are also a mother, Matilda can also be your bird of choice!

Conclusion

I hope that this post was a fun one and did help you to reflect on how you felt today. If you did enjoy this post, do consider giving it a like! Follow me and subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t done so! Stay tuned for more articles!

Mathematics Is More Important Than You Think

Most of us have ended up hating Mathematics in high school. It’s probably because Trigonometry and Calculus got on our nerves, or because some equations were just plain annoying. In the end, we might have told ourselves that Mathematics is nothing more than a torture device. But what if I told you that Mathematics has a greater purpose? In this article, we shall discuss the importance of Mathematics and why it is of paramount importance to the world. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter (enter your email in the newsletter registration section of my homepage). Without further ado, let’s begin the discussion.

#1: Mathematics Is The Foundation Of The Sciences

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There is a reason as to why you learn Mathematics before you learn Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Mathematics serves as the foundation for the sciences and helps to build up basic problem thinking skills, before you start tackling harder problems. For example, without a good understanding of ratio, you would not be able to understand the basic workings of stoichiometry in Chemistry. Furthermore, without the ability to solve equations and understand graphs, you would not be able to apply Newton’s Laws of Motion and the principles of kinematics.

#2: Mathematics Helps Us To Better Understand The World

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The universe is ours to explore, but without the right tools, it is simply impossible. Mathematics helps to make sense of the world around and create new inventions. As mentioned earlier, it is the backbone of Engineering, Physics, Biology, Astronomy and many other sciences. With an understanding of Mathematics, we will be able to build complex machinery, spacecraft and satellites which will help us to explore the universe. Even the computer you are using right now is a creation of Mathematics. Let us take Isaac Newton for an example. To express his discoveries, he had to make use of equations and even invent a whole new branch of Mathematics, Calculus. Mathematics is the common language for all people on Earth, thereby uniting the human race in the common effort for further discoveries and the exploration of our universe.

Conclusion

So this wraps up my 4th article for the week. I decided to touch on the topic of Mathematics in this article, as I frequently notice that many of my friends dislike Mathematics for its complexity and tediousness. Mathematics, of course, can be complex and tedious at times. However, it has so many uses and its benefits for the human race are simply astronomical. I hope that this article, albeit quite short, convinces you of the importance and usefulness of Mathematics, and I hope that this will spur you to enjoy it. If you did enjoy this article, do consider giving it a like. Do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t done so. Stay tuned for my next article!

Why I Love and Hate Monopoly

Many of us have played this game during our childhoods. Families would come together to bankrupt each other and there would be sounds of triumph, frustration and even the occasional table flip. Indeed, Monopoly can bring out the worst side of us. The greedy, desperate and selfish side. Many players joke that you’ll lose all your friends if you win the game. Thing is, it isn’t far from the truth, am I right? However, Monopoly remains to be loved by many and also serves to educate us about the principles of life. In this article, I will explain why I love and hate Monopoly at the same time. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter at bestofwrite.com. Without any further ado, let’s hop right in!

Why I Hate Monopoly

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The game can be frustrating at times and you know what I mean. You could be going to jail for the thousand-and-oneth time or landing on income tax, which takes away the cash you earned by passing GO. Or perhaps you went bankrupt by landing on a decked out Mayfair. Furthermore, the fact that the whole game is dictated by the roll of a dice means that you have absolutely no control over which property you will land on. In other words, it is dictated by pure chance and this can be quite unnerving for most people. You could have a good game followed by a bad game and potentially more bad games. What’s more, the game can be quite long and boring during the early game. I personally hate the game because of the feeling of unfairness it gives me. Landing on a ridiculously high-rent property is all it takes to bankrupt someone and when that happens, the owner of the property takes ownership of everything (yes, everything) the victim once owned, causing a huge power imbalance. Did I also mention that the chance and community chest cards can also kill you by sending you to jail, making you pay taxes and going to Mayfair? It can all end in an instant.

Why I Still Love the Game

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Monopoly, in a way, educates us about the facts of life. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. An economic crisis or pandemic could bring us back to square one and take everything we cherished away. In fact, I think that the main point Monopoly wants to drive is that everything can be taken away from you and one mistake is all it takes. Other than that, Monopoly also shows us what economic inequality means, such as the fact that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. On the other hand, it also sharpens your negotiation skills and tactics as you try to pry a targeted property from the grasp of another player. Did I also mention that Monopoly forces your kids to do math (without a calculator, that is)? Managing your assets and finances properly is also of paramount importance in Monopoly as well as in life. Finally, Monopoly is also a great game for families to bond over, as you laugh at each other’s expense and try to destroy each other. Isn’t it great? (I’m sarcastic, really)

Conclusion

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After all, Monopoly is just another board game, and like all board games, it tries to teach us something about life. For example, Chess is a game that shows you how a single blunder is enough to doom you, while Monopoly can teach you that life doesn’t always go as planned. What I think is most important is not winning at the game but mainly having a good laugh about it and learning from it. Isn’t that what board games are made for?

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