Ugh. I took a month of Mandarin and had to give up. Learning Japanese first pretty much ruined any chance I had at understanding it or saying the words correctly. u_u;
I can speak Mandarin fluently in conversation, but Chinese is such a technical language with a lot of fancy-ass phrases and all that proverbs and fucking shit. I get so frustrated when I have to help my mom translate because I have no idea what the fuck she’s saying sometimes.