I was hoping some of you may have some insight into my Mandarin learning difficulties.
To start, let me offer a quick background as I believe it is a significant source of my problems. I was born in Hong Kong to Cantonese speaking parents. My family immigrated to Canada when I was still very young (~5 years old). We spoke Cantonese exclusively at home while I was growing up. I've come to realize that my parents can't understand nor speak Mandarin. I can read some Hanzi but not enough to read newspapers...I have no problems reading menus (I suspect this is due to my love of food...) I guessimate that I know between 500-1000 words.
I think I have two major challenges in learning Mandarin.
Has anyone else experienced similar challenges? Any suggestions on how to overcome these learning difficulties? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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