I didn’t expect to like Chinese either when I started learning it earlier this year. I’m still very much a beginner but I really love the characters and how they each have a fascinating background story. And it amazes me just how logical Mandarin is. 手机 (Shǒujī) = hand machine aka cell phone. Brilliant! The tones are a killer, though. That’s the only downside of learning this language. I find that whenever I try to say any sentence that’s longer than 3 words, my brain has a hard time remembering and keeping up with the tones so they all just get jumbled up and I end up butchering the pronunciation. Any tips on how to get over that?

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