The 10 Most Asked Questions on Learning Mandarin answered by ChatGPT
March 23, 2023

At Inchin Closer we decided to test ChatGPT with some of the most burning questions asked about learning Mandarin on the internet. We wanted to know if her answers matched with those of our marketing teams. Below are the top 10 questions being asked about learning Mandarin language on the internet, followed by the answers of ChatGPT and then by Inchin Closer’s marketing team’s answers.

How accurate are ChatGPT‘s answers to the real life experiences of our teachers and students? Can ChatGPT aptly answer these questions and how factually correct is ChatGPT in guiding you to learn Mandarin? Inchin Closer tested ChatGPT’s responses for all 10 questions and were happily surprised that ChatGPT is quite accurate in advising newbies about learning Mandarin.

Inchin Closer asks ChatGPT the 10 most frequently asked questions about Mandarin. Here are ChatGPT's answers.
Inchin Closer asks ChatGPT the 10 most frequently asked questions about Mandarin. Here are ChatGPT’s answers.

Inchin Closer will be implementing ChatGPT into our curriculum in various teaching exercises. Over the past few months, we have been experimenting with and attending webinars to understand how to incorporate ChatGPT into education. Over the summer of 2023, Inchin Closer students will be able to benefit from using this high tech artificial intelligence system to simulate the real world. We will be able to offer students more real life conversations culled from actual situations in real time augmenting your learning curve. This will drastically change learning outcomes and make significant improvements in a students learning journey.

Inchin Closer has always been at the cutting edge of technology. Our first product – the Inchin app, used context based interactive stories built on artificial intelligence, supported by speech recognition to improve students Mandarin listening and speaking abilities. Two and a half years after the launch of our app, we are adopting ChatGPT into our curriculum to strengthen, personalise and innovate on our students language acquisition ability. At Inchin Closer, the student always comes first, thats why we are at the forefront of making learning Mandarin easy, flexible, practical and with visible results with technology.

Our pretext to ChatGPT: I am an Indian student and want to learn Chinese language in India.

Q1: Is it difficult to learn Chinese?

ChatGPT’s Answer: Learning any language can be difficult, but with dedication and practice, it is possible to learn Chinese. There are many resources available online and in India to help you learn Chinese, such as online courses, language schools, and tutors. Additionally, there are many books and other materials available to help you learn Chinese.

Inchin Closer’s response: Precisely! Learning Mandarin like any skill, is all about dedication and practice. Inchin Closer has some fantastic online and offline courses on offer for all levels. Visit our website or call us on 98700 90966 for details of upcoming batches.

Q2: What is mostly spoken in China?

ChatGPT’s Answer: Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in China. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is spoken by the majority of the population. Other languages spoken in China include Cantonese, Wu, Min, and Hakka.

Inchin Closer’s response: Each province in China has it’s own language. However Mandarin, more commonly known as Chinese language is the national language of China. It is the most spoken language worldwide by a native population.

Q3: Which 5 countries speak Chinese?

ChatGPT’s Answer: : The five countries that speak Chinese are China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Inchin Closer’s response: Additionally, many South East Asian countries that also heavily trade with China including Thailand and Vietnam, have a significantly high Mandarin language population.

Q4: What is the best Chinese language course?

ChatGPT’s Answer: The best Chinese language course will depend on your individual needs and goals. Some popular courses include Pimsleur Chinese, ChinesePod, and FluentU. You may also want to consider taking a course at a local language school or hiring a private tutor.

Inchin Closer’s response: While those suggested by ChatGPT are for self learning, we believe learning a language needs to be done in a group. Inchin Closers classes are small group’s of students who learn with a native Chinese teacher. This multiplies the student-teacher interaction and ensures that each student is given adequate attention to pick up the language. What ChatGPT doesn’t know is that Inchin Closers classes are also dynamic, interactive and innovative, making learning Chinese fun!

Q5: Can I learn Chinese in 3 months?

ChatGPT’s Answer: It is possible to learn Chinese in three months, but it will require dedication and hard work. You will need to practice regularly and make use of all the resources available to you. With the right approach, you can make significant progress in three months.

Inchin Closer’s response: It depends on your ability and the time you commit to the language. Being a skill set, it’s not something you can learn by rote. The language usually take 1 year to gain a good level of proficiency to speak easily with native Chinese speakers. However, there have been many who have managed to get Mandarin under their skin a lot faster and are able to conduct a conversation after 3 months.

Q6: How can I start learning Chinese language?

ChatGPT’s Answer: The best way to start learning Chinese is to find a course or program that suits your needs and goals. You can also find online resources, such as language apps, websites, and books, to help you learn Chinese. Additionally, you may want to consider taking a course at a local language school or hiring a private tutor.

Inchin Closer’s response: Join a beginners level course with Inchin Closer. Our online classes are flexible on time. We also have flexible payment options for all pocket sizes and go out of our way to personalise classes towards students learning abilities. Additionally, we also conduct cultural sessions, meet and greets with dignitaries and social events for our students to get to know China and her culture better.

Q7: Can I self learn Chinese?

ChatGPT’s Answer: Yes, it is possible to self-learn Chinese. There are many online resources available, such as language apps, websites, and books, to help you learn Chinese. Additionally, you may want to consider taking a course at a local language school or hiring a private tutor.

Inchin Closer’s response: While there are many mobile apps and websites to learn Chinese, we would highly advise against using them as they are not effective. To reiterate, language acquisition needs to be done by conversing with another human or now with artificial intelligence. However, until AI can supersede human intelligence, emotions and cultural connotations, learning a language will be best done while communicating with another human.

Q8: What is the best age to learn Chinese?

ChatGPT’s Answer: There is no one best age to learn Chinese. It is possible to learn Chinese at any age, as long as you have the dedication and motivation to do so. However, it is generally easier to learn a language when you are younger, as children tend to pick up languages more quickly than adults.

Inchin Closer’s response: ChatGPT is right. There is no age limit to learning a new skill set such as a language. While it is easier for children. some of the most well versed students at Inchin Closer are adults who have worked hard at learning Mandarin. They have a goal, and are determined to learn Mandarin.

Q9: Is Mandarin and Chinese the same language?

ChatGPT’s Answer: Yes, Mandarin and Chinese are the same language. Mandarin is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is spoken by the majority of the population. It is also known as Standard Chinese or Putonghua.

Inchin Closer’s response: Yes, Chinese is the more generic term for the language, while Mandarin is the more specific word. However both can be used interchangeably and will be understood internationally.

Q10: Should I learn Japanese or Mandarin?

ChatGPT’s Answer: This is a personal decision and will depend on your individual needs and goals. Both Japanese and Mandarin are complex languages and can be difficult to learn. If you are looking for a language to use in business, Mandarin may be a better choice, as it is the official language of China. However, if you are looking for a language to use for cultural purposes, Japanese may be a better choice.

Inchin Closer’s response: The decision is upto you. Mandarin is the language of India’s largest trading partner and neighbour. Going ahead it will strategically be a more important language to learn. Additionally, Japanese was developed from Mandarin, so learning Mandarin first always help.

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