Well, a "mandarin" has different meanings : a fruit and a Chinese official language. The theme reminds me of language family trees. Have you ever studied any other languages? Here's the information of Chinese below. If you're interesting in it, give it a go.
Linguistic Features of the Chinese language family
I'd like anyone to study any languages, at least one. The more, the better! It enriches our lives and cultures. Above all, how wonderful it would be if we could understand each other without translation! We can communicate and share pain and joy. You'll find different concepts in words and depictions. English is my second language. I enjoy learning it all the time. Your blog posts and comments are wonderful information resources to study colloquial expressions and appropriate word options in a social context. I've felt some blog friends leave comments to correct my sloppy English writings (*thank you so much!!).
Btw, Chinese and Japanese are "different" languages in linguistics. Language family trees show which languages belong to a same family and which are siblings. Chinese belongs to a Sino-Tibetian language family and isolated. Chinese is a tone language. Japanese is not a tone language. Japanese belongs to an Ural Altaic language family and very close to Korean, particularly, in syntax. Interestingly, Turkish is also in the Ural Altaic family. When I analysed Turkish in uni homework, I realised that Turkish was syntactically very similar to Japanese -- yes, Japanese and Turkish are in a same laguage family! But the Ural Altaic language group has not been well studied to explain about its family tree. There are questions such as the origin of languages. A typical example is Japanese. It's not clear where it came from (*as far as I know I did not find explanations). Unfortunately, we did not study much about Ural Altaic languages at uni. On the other hand, an Indo European language group is well studied in academia. Let's study a language in a different language family from your mother tongue! It would be a great adventure and fun.
Don't ask me questions! Ask your linguistics professors or someone familiar to languages. Or get in uni and enjoy studying linguistics.
Thank you for warm cheers! If you have any lovely episodes of studying foreign languages, let's share!
A tomorrow's theme is a "mask." It sounds not bad or easy. Ah, thank goodness, relatively easy!?
Friends, Happy Painting!