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Should my daughter learn another language?

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hulala Wed 29-Jul-15 06:28:43

My daughter is 13 year-old and my husband want she to learn another language.The first language to choice is Chinese.Is that OK for my girl to learn another language at her age?And I have heard that Chinese is a little hard.Is that true?

Jane10 Thu 30-Jul-15 09:35:35

joyjoyer this is just not a sales forum. Anybody who tries to use it as one is usually spotted quickly. If you want to contact GNHQ and pay for such access then do so. Nobody here is anti Chinese just anti opportunism or taking us Grans as fools.

absent Thu 30-Jul-15 07:32:47

I think it might be kind to give joyjoyer a break. English is a second language for her/him so explaining is not always easy. I have no problem being mistaken for a man – absent could be anyone for someone new. Of course, I am enjoying being smug with the nice comments, although I have some serious doubts about being a "really good person" – but I do truly believe what I have posted.

joyjoyer Thu 30-Jul-15 01:56:04

Hi,everyone.As for my post was deleted,I have admitted that you are really amazing to find that I am a Chinese. Maybe that's because I'm not a native English speaker.And yeah ,I am doing my summer holiday parttime job and my college majority is marketing.I think I won't be a salesgirl in the future while some of you guys still shows how hard my future career will be.But I think it doesn't matter.
What I want to say is as a Chinese,I'm really happy to see foreigners who's willing to learn Chinese.No matter you are a Korean or a Birtish or a Amercan. Though I am doing my part-time job,I still want to passage some useful thing that can help you to know Chinese better.Chinese is hard,really,I have learned Chinese for more than 10 years and my mom is a Chinese teacher in primary school but I still think Chinese is hard.But it's beautiful to me,too.So I wish the people who want to learn Chinese is because of they really want to learn a language and feel a different kind of beauty.
And,*hulala*,I am sorry for this.I know how much you love your kid as a Asian people who grow up in a eastern way.
Beside,*absent*you remind me of a Chinese old saying "to live and to learn".You are a really good person
For the people who shows angry, sorry ,but I can't understand the reason.I thought people in Western coutries are kind and welcome.Maybe the forum is build for local people and I should not step in,sorry for that
But I still need to say thank you for those people who like China and give my best wishes to all of you

Jane10 Wed 29-Jul-15 20:41:34

GNHQ only deleted the post advertising Chinese lessons which had miraculously appeared shortly after the OP. Some of you may not have seen it if it was deleted before you'd got to it. The whole thread felt dodgy to me. I was surprised the whole thing wasn't deleted

loopylou Wed 29-Jul-15 19:34:13

Me too thatbags then decided that I was obviously missing the plot or something hmm

thatbags Wed 29-Jul-15 19:32:36

I did wonder why it was thought deletable.

loopylou Wed 29-Jul-15 19:29:43

Def not deleted then confused

grumppa Wed 29-Jul-15 12:22:46

DGS is learning Mandarin at school, and he isn't seven until later this month. The younger the better in my experience.

Anya Wed 29-Jul-15 12:15:42

To advertise?

Bellanonna Wed 29-Jul-15 12:12:27

Anya, just what I thought. And why would the poster ask a group of mainly anglophones their opinion on Chinese?

Bellanonna Wed 29-Jul-15 12:10:14

Lily gran. I think some of us were just querying the authenticity of the thread. It's school holidays and it's happened before. Of course, if it's genuine then wholeheartedly agree about language learning for children.

Anya Wed 29-Jul-15 12:07:39

I asked about her language at school, as all children in this country are taught a second language anyway. !!!! So this doesn't ring true.

Lilygran Wed 29-Jul-15 11:53:19

I'm astonished by some of the negative attitudes on this thread.
It is always better to learn a new subject than not to.
It is always better to learn a new language than not to.
It's easier for children to learn a new language than for adults.
Chinese is a good choice if it's available for both practical and linguistic reasons.

Ana Wed 29-Jul-15 11:50:25

Deleted when, exactly...? confused

Nelliemoser Wed 29-Jul-15 11:12:43

Jane10 and others. Well there we are then! Our instincts are still in working order.

Bellanonna Wed 29-Jul-15 11:06:37

Well at least he (absent) has inspired her a lot !

merlotgran Wed 29-Jul-15 10:35:17

Does absent know she's had a sex change? grin

MiniMouse Wed 29-Jul-15 10:15:53


Jane10 Wed 29-Jul-15 10:12:46

Just had a message from GNHQ to say that this thread will be deleted

vampirequeen Wed 29-Jul-15 09:47:34

Why doesn't your daughter speak Korean? All the Korean children I've taught have spoken Korean and English.

What language is your daughter already learning at secondary school? You speak as if she isn't doing an MFL.

MiniMouse Wed 29-Jul-15 09:45:06


hulala Wed 29-Jul-15 09:41:29

I think I am determinded now.I will let my girl to make choice by herself.As
an Asian mother,though live abroad for nearly 15 years, there are some traditional teaching views in my mind that never vanish.I think that's where you guys won't understand.

And thank you all for your suggestions.Nomatter it is a suggestion from long learning experience from Nelliemoserand absent or sales spam as you said .All those do good to me and offer me more choices to choose. I really appreciate that.

(As for my username, I'd like to recommend a song .The theme song of Dae Jang Geum.It's a old tv series you may not know about but that's one of my favorite )

Bellanonna Wed 29-Jul-15 09:14:45

confused. I thought this all along. Also redolent of earlier school shoes conversations...

granjura Wed 29-Jul-15 09:03:02

Sorry - posts crossed. Yes if your language is Korean, it makes every sense.

granjura Wed 29-Jul-15 09:01:45

In your case, it surely makes every sense for her to learn Chinese- due to connections. It will put her at a real advantage professionally and in so many other ways. What is your own language?