The basics

Ok, I’ve been here long enough and by most standards I should know more Chinese. I only know a few key words.

I’ve only had one experience learning a new language; and that was when I was 8 at school – learning French. I had a pretty bad teacher and just didn’t get it – although worryingly for me quite a few of my friends picked it up pretty quick.

I have a fear that I just won’t get Chinese either. It certainly hasn’t sunk in since arriving here a few years ago. So, any tips on the type of class I should start with, and the mindset needed to succeed?