Is this a journal or what? I'm probably not going to be real faithful about chronicling my uphill battle with Chinese. However, I will say this: Chinese is a cruel master. Having made real gains through hours of study and practice, I am now resolved to invest a good chunk of the next 10 years into approaching that high level of fluency we all dream of.
Is it worth it? Certainly not from the standpoint of what physical gain/advantages Chinese fluency will get me. But for me it certainly is worth it from the standpoint of life enrichment that comes with learning a foreign language. In addition, it seems I've acquired quite a taste for pain, as studying Chinese has become one of my favorite hobbies. The more I near fluency, the more I find value in trying to master the next 汉字 or 成语.
So for those about to talk, we salute you.
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