This is the story of Ming Teo from Australia, learning Mandarin Chinese
At first, I mostly started to learn Chinese because a friend suggested it, and I was bored, so learning anything new sounded good. After one term of once-a-week night classes, I found I was quite good at it, and if I kept going, I might be able to communicate with my grandmother, who lost all knowledge of English after her stroke.
After the second term, I was determined to keep going, because I really was good at it. I enrolled in an immersion type Study Tour, where I lived at Zhejiang University and at the Beijing Institute of Education for a couple of months, learning Mandarin as well as doing some extra-curricular courses in Chinese culture like painting, calligraphy, and other things.
If you try to make learning