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was because of my blog in Mandarin. This journey has been wonderful for me, but it was never easy. I remember that I used to chat with the Chinese on HelloTalk (an application) and ask them to edit my writings, so that I could post them free of errors. Another big problem was to connect with more and more Chinese. I published posts on Chinese platforms so that I could reach out to them in large numbers. Many times, I have encountered the question that how difficult is it to learn Mandarin, as compared to Hindi and English. I must admit that I find Mandarin harder to learn as compared to Hindi and English, but manageably so. I feel that Mandarin is logical and consistent. I approached the learning of Mandarin through two methods. One method is called ‘study’, and the

other is called ‘immersion’. ‘Study’ means memorizing vocabularies, doing regular drills for familiarization with the language, practicing grammar and listening to Chinese podcasts. ‘Immersion’ means using Mandarin in our daily life and in real contexts. This means having conversations with the Chinese, or deciphering signs etc. My enthusiasm for learning Mandarin was so high that I started practicing both these methods at home. The ‘study’ method was no problem. My Mom found me diligently poring over ways to learn Mandarin. It was my ‘immersion’ method that led to funny scenes at my house. I used to give my mother headaches by talking to her in Mandarin after class. At first my mother was amused. But my ‘immersion’ method wouldn’t stop, and finally my mother could see nothing

funny about it. She used to get totally exasperated with me and tell me to stop. “I can’t understand a thing you say,” she would shout, every time I started using long sentences in Chinese to express what I wanted to say. Now I look back at those times and laugh. Happy times they were, and that is how I learned the world’s most difficult language. I relate to this Chinese quote- “世上无 事,只怕有心人” Which means: Nothing in this world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it!  Resham Bhambhani is a second-year student of Chinese (Hons) at Doon University (Dehradun). She recently finished a two-month internship at India-China Economic and Cultural Council. She owns a Chinese blog website-www.giveyourselfaholiday.com

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