Germany gives way to Chinese in an American university

/   Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:31 am GMT
"You don't need intelligence to learn written Chinese, just a good memory."

Is memory part of intelligence? But yes, the main thing you need to learn Japanese or Chinese characters is a good memory with an eye to detail.

It isn't med school.
/   Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:45 am GMT
The two big issues with learning Chinese are the characters and the tones. These two characteristics together are too much for many people.

But, like I said, it isn't med school-it's a school for people who are diligent, who can put off gratification-the gratification that comes with a language you can throw together in a month and say a few travel phrases and be understood.

I often see people experimenting with learning languages and some of them have some pretty severe ideas-studying eight hours a day, sleeping less, etc. Maybe that works for some people, but that's not my way. In general I have learned more just by doing a set amount of work every day and not stressing at all about the language. I think this works unless you are under the gun.