The dialect that Rosetta Stone Chinese teaches is Beijing Mandarin. This is nearly identical phonetically to Standard Mandarin, which is the official language of the People's Republic of China. To learn more about this subject, please visit a resource such as Wikipedia.
Chinese Learning Tips
- Chinese is written with no spaces between words.
- Each character in Chinese corresponds to a single syllable.
- The meaning of Chinese syllables depends on the tone with which it is spoken.
- A tone may change slightly depending on the tones of its neighboring syllables. The most common example that you will encounter is when two third tones occur together; the first third tone will change into a tone similar to a second tone.
- Nouns in Chinese do not change between singular and plural. Instead, a number or counter indicates the noun’s quantity.
- Verb forms don’t change based on the person performing the action. This is one aspect of learning Chinese that is much easier than many other languages!
- Chinese has no exact equivalent of “yes”. Instead of affirming with one word, a Chinese speaker generally repeats the verb.