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My Chinese Learning Philosophy

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Through conversations with numerous Mandarin scholars I have learned that people can be divided broadly into three camps, as regards their motivations for learning the world's most spoken language. The first camp contains those who have noticed the economic rise of China and believe that learning Mandarin will secure them great wealth and prosperity. Second, there are men who wish to impress Chinese women. And third, there are those who enjoy the process of language learning so much that doing so serves as an end in itself, requiring no additional rewards. 
Many people's motives combine elements of more than one category. However, those who fall strictly into either of the first two camps - and there are a great many - invariably fail in their quest. A single introductory class should be enough to convince the most materially driven pupil that there are surely easier ways to make money. As to those men who wish to impress Chinese women, this motivation will rarely survive the k…