…e other hand, learning Mandarin is something that I chose to do on my own, for no practical reason. Picking up new words, untangling grammar points, delving deeper into a culture different from mine — I could do these for hours out of sheer fun. It’s a game that I’m happy playing, regardless of whether I won or lose.
I recently decided to review the German I had studied as a minor in college. Fifty years without using it much leaves little I remember. So we are on the same journey but with different languages.
I do love the German language and it’s similar to English in structure, so my journey is much easier than yours. We share the satisfaction of sticking with something we chose to learn on our own. I did it to keep my brain exercising in an area other than writing. Studying a language is supposed to help keep the memory intact.