Since I arrived in Beijing I have been taking Chinese lessons twice a week. I have always been interested in learning new languages, but learning Chinese is an experience that I will never forget. While I already speak Italian and understand Spanish, I found myself having more struggles than ever before when learning Chinese. Learning mandarin is extremely difficult. It has actually been one of the most challenging aspects of living in a country where no one seems to speak English.
However, Beijing is full of many menus with images on them and pointing and sign language can get you very far actually. This being said, I think learning a language in any country can really help you to better understand the culture! I have greatly improved my Chinese since I arrived and it has gotten easier to pick up new words as time goes on. My goal is to be able to hold a basic conversation in Mandarin by the end of my time here!