How hard is it to learn and communicate in Chinese?

Are there are ways to get a head start on learning Chinese before traveling to the country? I understand they teach in Chinese in universities in China and my husband would have to study Chinese for 1 full year before being allowed to begin his Doctorate coursework.

Asked By: hawkmon - 5/6/2009
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This website by Dr. Tianwei Xie, Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University at Long Beach has one of the most comprehensive lists for learning Chinese online. It includes quite a few links, including Skype-tutoring, etc. Any of these might be of benefit to at least becoming familiar with... More
Answered By: craftylass - 5/6/2009
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No head start. What your husband learn in you home country will only come to life when you reach China. You cannot master a language well without really immersed into it.
Answered By: ABC - 5/6/2009
You may begin with the basic pronunciation. So just type "pinyin" or "chinese pinyin" on search engines and maybe you can find some courses fit you. Here is an article for chinese language, fyi.
Answered By: Leonard Y - 5/6/2009
difficult and are you still using china as your back-up plan?
Answered By: CensorshipYahoo - 5/6/2009
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