How I Found Myself Wanting To Learn Mandarin

It was a little over a week ago when I found myself playing around with the basics of the Chinese language. I became addicted to it from the very beginning.
.
For something that is so foreign to me, it intrigues the hell out of me when I’m learning how it works. Although there is an overwhelming amount of things that have to be learned and countless hours that must be devoted, for me it’s more about the process.
.
Learning chinese has been relaxing for me, more than anything else. Learning about the characters is so fascinating to me. It’s said that each character comes with its own story and it’s own meaning. It’s no wonder why they say this language is one of the most challenging to learn.
.
The decision to pick it up came after a whole string of events or paths that I had been going down. In terms of my career, opportunity is enormous in rising Asia. Intellectually, this is a quest to understand how learning a second language can change the way you think. Brain surgeon Dr Rahul Jandial says in his book ‘Life Lessons From A Brain Surgeon’ that bilingualism has significant impacts on brain function.
.
These things act as workouts to the brain, strengthening specific parts by undertaking specific tasks like learning a new language. Not only does it improve cognitive performance, but it’s also said to reduce diseases like Alzheimer’s. So, not only is this a method to improve cognitive function, but it’s also a way in which you can reduce the risk of mental illness.
.
Artistically, Chinese has been great so far. The characters are so alien that a bit of drawing builds more familiarity without having to think too much. I let the unconscious take the drivers seat as I draw the characters and zone out.
.
This has been so enjoyable so far and I owe that to my approach and my perspective. Errors are welcomed upon, a fun laugh is always had and most importantly, I’ve given myself the permission to take a whole lifetime to be able to master it. There is no rush, as I’m doing it more for the process than anything else.

%d bloggers like this: