Is it worth it to attempt to learn Chinese?
April 25, 2008 6:07 PM Subscribe
What are your experiences in taking Chinese as a language in college? How difficult is it really and did you learn enough for it to be useful?
posted by hazyspring to Education (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am starting school relatively late in life (29 years old, business major). I took the equivalent of 5 years of French in middle school and high school. I have little memory of it, but would probably be starting from close to scratch. There is a requirement to take two years of a language, unless you can test out of taking one year, which it is so far back, I don't know if I would pass the test. And, I basically have very little interest in French now anyway. If I went to France I could get around, and that's all I would really need it for.
So, I am considering just taking two years of a new language and want it to be useful. I'm really interested in Chinese, for two reasons, 1) because I hope to do some extensive traveling at some point in China and 2) because I feel like it may at some point in time give me an edge in the business world. But, I don't want to take it if it just going to be especially hard compared to other languages I could take (say Spanish) and if I will end up having so little proficiency for it not to be useful.
I am interested in anyone's first hand experience on this or learning other Asian languages at a university.
P.S. I am one of those nerdy kinds of people who just enjoy learning new things.