Each Chinese character or radical has its own Roman letters (Hanyu Pinyin) representing its unique sound. Presentation of a character or radical should be accompanied with pronunciation in order to increase students’ memorization.
The difference between Chinese and western languages is due to their respective forms. Chinese characters do not represent ideas, but instead depict words which are described as Lexi graphic. Learners of Chinese are less likely to associate Chinese characters with their sounds (though native Chinese do) than is the case with students of western languages. Even though the learning process seems arduous, Chinese character recognition ability is the key factor in improving reading and writing proficiency levels.
Mandarin has become an important language because of China’s increasingly important role in international trade. Chinese is formally spoken by many people in Taiwan (23 million people), China (1.3 billion people), and ethnic Chinese enclaves in other parts of the world. Chinese is the third most commonly spoken language in Canada and is the household language for more than two million Asian-Americans.