Learning Mandarin is like having peppers in your mouth.
When you first start learning you can’t say anything without having the right tones. It’s similar to eating something hot – when you cannot form words, but just make weird noises.
Some how, some way – I am going to get a better understanding of this tough language. I have committed to three months of full-time Mandarin classes. I’m learning to speak it and write characters. And while it will be challenging, it will also give me a better understanding of where I live and how to communicate.
Right now, being an Italian American is useful in China – you can always talk with your hands and people “sometimes” understand you, or at least you think they do.
Time will tell if I can master this language. If anything else, it will be fun trying, learning and feeling like I’m eating lots of peppers! At least there’s something to help with indigestion.