Mandarin – is it as tough to learn as they say?

I couldn’t help but laugh while reading this Economist blog post. It pretty much mirrors conversations I’ve had with my 3rd grade Mandarin learner.

Wonder how other parents feel about the pace at which their kids appear to be picking up the language. Is our kids’ time better spent in an immersion program, or in an overseas study abroad program?

The latter option isn’t something everyone could afford or manage, of course. Just food for thought.

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