sil_lark wrote:I believe that most words in Chinese dialects do have written counterparts,
Most, but not all. There are dialects in China that have absolutely no written form. Zilch. Yes, it is required that Mandarin and characters be taught to the children, but the ethnic group's language throughout its history has always been oral. There is no known form of writing. Word of mouth is the most important tool for communicating.
Basically I'm just looking for books dealing with this sort of language, ie the kind of language that relies heavily upon oral communication.
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Native Language: American English
Second language: 4 years Mandarin Chinese
I've tried: Old English, Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Gothic
I want to learn: Tagolog, Arabic, Biblical Greek, Russian, Vietnamese