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Hello there. My name is Reinaldo Granados and I’m a student in KSU (Kun Shan University), and I just want to tell you something about my experience learning Chinese.

Well, like everybody else, when I just got to Taiwan I was really scared with this language. I was just walking on the street trying to understand at least one word of this weird language called Chinese. Back in that time everything just sounded like the people were screaming at each other - almost fighting.

I have been in Taiwan for almost a year. During this year, I’ve been taking Chinese classes at my university. Three hours a week is not a lot, because the Chinese language is a difficult language but I have learned a lot from my classes now.

Hi my name is Mario Sanchez, and I am graduate student of Mechanical Engineering in Kun Shan University. Personally, I regard the Chinese language as a belonging to one of the wonders human beings have created in this world, and I am happy for the opportunity to study the language like this one.

But at the same time, I feel the need to comment on the great difficulty learning this language presents to me at the present time. The need to learn a new alphabet, memorize an unimaginable quantity of characters, to practice writing, learn pronunciation and live in a society where another language is also spoken (Taiwanese) requires 100 % dedication.

Learning Chinese is quite an experience, especially when you have never been in Asia before. You can find it literally a language out of your world, which is true for us since Western languages come from mainly from Latin.

In my country it is common to see many places that guarantee students will be speaking English in just a few months - which I have to say is quite true. Because our languages are similar – the grammar and many words are so alike. However, Chinese has a completely different history. The grammar and words are completely different, and if you can’t pronounce the accent perfectly people won’t understand what you are saying.

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