johanness wrote:I whent to GuangZhou (Canton) in China last summer and I found out their language is very beautiful. Probably hard to learn because I have to learn Mandarin afirst but I think I will do it when I master Japanese well enough. The Chinese characters is so damn fascinating so I do not lack of motivation.
Then we have Korean. If I know japanese and Chinese, mustn't I learn Korean and complete the east asian language-triforce?
What do you say? Too much for me to learn during my short life in this world (only 80 more years)?
I don't see why you would have to learn mandarin first before Cantonese?
Cantonese is a little harder and not as widely spoken, but it's not hard to find by any stretch of the imagination.
I would think learning both at the same time would be confusing because a lot of the words are similar enough to cause confusion as to which is which; plus they have different ways of saying the same idea that can be confusing. If you like Cantonese, go for it.
Korean is easier to read (phonetically), probably harder to speak (more sounds), and the grammar's very comparable to Japanese.
They say after your first 3 languages, the rest are easier to pick up. You seem to have made it to magical #3 already. I don't see why you couldn't pick up as many as you wanted to.
Personally, Japanese was always my specialty, so whatever time i spent on other languages they'd never compare to my Japanese, mostly because of formal classes. Also, knowing that my Japanese isn't where I'd like it, I'd rather focus my time to get that as good as I can before moving on to something else. Maybe I'm getting old but trying to keep all those languages straight in my head, learning them without any formal training, was starting to give me a headache. I'll probably keep studying Japanese intensively until 2kyuu or 1kyuu JLPT and then go for a European language.