Many of the Kung Fu schools tend to use and/or teach the Chinese language of the Cantonese variety and for a logical reason: due to history, many Chinese and Chinese Martial Arts teachers especially, came through Hong Kong and spread outward into the great diaspora.
That being said, however, I’ve made the choice to focus on Mandarin (with a slight nod to Cantonese) for my kung fu students for a variety of reasons:
- It’s the first Chinese Language I was exposed to
- It’s what I am most fluent at
- It’s the basic foundation for Standard Chinese
- It’s Official; most speakers of other languages & dialects will understand Mandarin
- It’s THE business language (Chinese-speaking, of course)
So whether you’re looking to begin your journey of Mandarin Chinese Language learning or perhaps you’re just looking for more vocabulary, dialogue, curiosities or whatever, this list should help you on your way!
A few of quick notes before we get on with the list:
- You may see the term HSK during your Mandarin journey. This stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi and refers to the Chinese Proficiency Test or the Chinese Standard Exam. It is China’s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese.
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