Life’s really been boring for me these past few weeks. I am losing interest in my classes and I have nothing to look forward to in school. I am working on my thesis but besides that, there’s nothing interesting going on. Well, I am currently studying a language and I think that’s a far more exciting activity than schoolwork!
I am taking Mandarin classes in a language school near the university I’m attending. My parents encouraged me to learn this language because it is not only useful in the corporate setting, we also have Chinese blood (I’m 25% Chinese but what the hell, it’s still Chinese haha!) and NO ONE in our family knows how to speak Mandarin. At first the thought of studying a complicated language scared me. But as of the moment, my Mandarin class is the only reason why I go to school. I think it’s great that the teacher is able to make me more and more interested in the language. When we’re studying, we always practice speaking and I think I am able to pick up the lessons pretty well, since she speaks our lessons in straight Mandarin and it’s up to me to figure out what it means. Usually she will just show pictures or actions, but I’m learning well that way! I find that it’s faster for me to memorize the words when I figure out for myself what it means, unlike in high school where we just read the Pinyin spelling, the meaning, and the character. Here, I was able to speak, ask, and respond in complete sentences after three weeks of lessons.
Out of all the languages I have studied, Mandarin is what really piqued my interest for so long. I have studied various languages in school such as Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, but none of those seemed as interesting to me as Mandarin. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s also because of the way I was taught. I’m sure it’s not because of the grammar because I really speak the language I’m studying, no matter how slow I am in thinking of the right sentence structure and all that. That’s why I think it’s because of the teaching style. Anyway, I really want to take the next level of lessons if I can afford it because I’ve never felt so passionate about a language before. I want to be able to speak well after a few levels and maybe I can learn how to read characters already. Actually, I already know what some characters mean since Japanese also uses Chinese characters. It’s just that I don’t know how to read them in Chinese. I’m excited!
So have you ever tried learning a language? Did you succeed? 😉