Learning New Languages in Lunar Year 2018 – The Year of The Dog
On the very beginning of the new lunar year 2018 you should make the best start by following these steps. The year of the dog in Chinese horoscope signifies a new beginning but with a lot of persistence.
The meaning of dog in Chinese lunar horoscope
狗Gǒu. Ranking as the eleventh animal in Chinese zodiac, Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, vunerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.
How does the new lunar year 2018 affects learning new languages ?
If you start to learn a new language in 2018 you will be more honest to yourself and more straightforward. Maybe you are not going to skip classes like you used to. Grammar is going to be very important, because in this year you would like to have everything set up in order, because this year loves order.
It doesn’t mean that only people born in the years of dog are going to be lucky with learning languages.
You should also watch news because the lunar year 2018 – the year of the dog – is all about people, human nature, emotions and everything that describe us as human beings.
What language should you learn ?
The best language that you should learn in this year is: Chinese.
Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 955 million native speakers worldwide (that’s more than any other language!). This means that by learning Chinese you unlock the potential to speak to over 13% of the world’s total population. Chinese is also one of the 6 official UN languages – the others being English, Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish.
This language may sound hard to learn because of the signs and pronunciation. You should be brave and no try to find a tutor who also speaks your native language to help you with learning Chinese.
The most people in the world speak this language and it would be really sad that you don’t even try to learn it.
Some people say that the best learners of Chinese are those who can also play an instrument or sing nice.
When you look a little bit closer to Chinese signs you can also see little pictures that explain you what does that sign mean.
Interesting facts about Chinese language:
- There’s a famous poem called 施氏食狮史 Shī shì shí shī shǐ (The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den) which is comprised of 120 characters, all of which have the pronunciation “shi” – talk about a tongue twister!
- The entire Chinese language consists of 50,000 characters.
- More and more famous people are learning Mandarin. Recently, Facebook CEO & Founder Mark Zuckerberg surprised a group of students at Beijing University by giving a talk in Chinese.
- Studies suggest that people who speak Chinese will learn to use both temporal lobes of their brain, whereas English speakers will only use the left side. Both temporal lobes are required to distinguish between words that have different intonation in Mandarin.
Some facts are taken from: https://www.thechairmansbao.com