My first contact with Mandarin came after a visit to Taipei some years ago. I really loved the experience and developed an interest in Chinese history. Then, a few years later found myself developing an interest in the language. The rest is history...
I'd like to know how someone in the US, or elsewhere, that has never visited the Chinese speaking world starts to learn the language. Some of you have described that process here but I'm keen to know more. Feel free to share. How did it all start? How was the interest k,indled? Did ChinesePod prompt it? How did it come about? What were the first things you did?
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