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>So learning Mandarin, Japanese, other similar languages is way harder than learning Korean or Vietnamese, while they are very similar by nature (there are even similar words in them).

This is a comically wrong statement. Those four languages are not similar at all -- they are four languages from four different families, they could hardly be more different! Even the loanwords that they have are often hardly recognizable, much less than with languages that are actually very close (say, English and Romanian).






If you listen the real speech you can recognize the similar words between them quite often. I admit my mistake of claiming they are similar, but they do share a common traits, words. Nevertheless from all those both Chinese and Japanese are like 10x harder than the rest, telling from my own experience.



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