Wanting to learn your language when I'll come to HK for an exchange period?!
Wanting to learn your language when I'll come to HK for an exchange period?!(10 answers)
Hello, there! My name is Paolina and I am a student from Italy. Starting from September 2019 I'll be spending the four months at the City University of Hong Kong within an exchange program.
I would love to learn Chinese! (I never studied it), however, I have several doubts and I hope you can help me :
1) at CityU I will have the possibility to follow either Basic-Cantonese for Non-Chinese Speakers or Mandarin for Non-Chinese speakers. Having this possibility, I thought about choosing Cantonese, in order to be able to speak a little of it during every-day life and getting to know more about the Hong Kong culture also. On the other hand, however, I thought that learning Mandarin would be more useful for my future. Considering this, I thought I could do some self-study of Mandarin before coming to HK in order to know both languages. What do you think about it?
2) I read that Cantonese is mostly a spoken language. What characters do you use to write in Cantonese? Chinese characters? If so, traditional or simplified ones?
3) Related to the previous questions, if I wanted to learn Mandarin by myself, would you recommend learning it using traditional or simplified characters? Also, for self-studying, I was thinking about buying the New Practical Chinese reader and downloading apps such as HelloChinese and Pleco. What do you think about it?
Thank you so much in advance for your advice!