Linguistic Unfamiliarity: A Study on Challenges Met by Local Filipino Undergraduate Students as Foreign Learners of Mandarin

Sophia Ann B. Constantino

Submitted Date: Mar 30, 2022


As the demand for multilingualism rises, many local Filipino students are offered with foreign language classes, including Mandarin-Chinese. The Philippines, having two official languages commonly used by most population, presents influences to new language acquisition. This paper focuses on examining the Mandarin learning experiences of a sample of the first batch of English and Chinese double major graduates from a local university in the country. Through their experiences, we will determine challenges or difficulties and linguistic influences that affected their Mandarin language acquisition, with stress on pronunciation. As well as approaches done by the student in response to these challenges to support their Mandarin learning experience.


Mandarin-Chinese, language, pronunciation, challenges

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