This is embarrassing.
For about a year (a YEAR!) I’ve been planning to write the book on how I learned (am learning) mandarin Chinese through social media.
It’s got the attention of a lot of people, and I think there’s a market for it.
So, I’m finally putting virtual pen to virtual paper. And I’m going to share bits and pieces of it here. Why? Because I want to make this the best book possible, and I need your help to do that.
Here’s my introduction, please comment!
I love learning. But I’m not very good at it.
At least, not in a formal sense. The last exam I sat was in 1993, and I’m glad I haven’t sat an exam since then.
I know (in my head, anyway) that formal, structured learning is good for discipline.
But in reality, I’m busy, easily distracted and stressed.
And yet, in the past three years I have achieved a level of Chinese mandarin speaking that has Chinese people asking how long I’ve lived in China. But I’ve only spent a total of 30 days in China!
So how did I do it? That’s what I’ll be outlining in this book. It comes down to a few factors:
1. Insatiable curiosity.
2. Being friendly.
3. A natural affinity for languages.
4. Access to some amazing (and constantly developing) technology.
5. An addictive personality.
Numbers 3 and 5 are all about what you’re born with. All the other things can be learnt.