Why am I taking Chinese lessons? A few reasons:
1.) Because it’s something I can control. There’s a lot I can’t control: that friends often cancel when I plan an activity because they’re too busy; that I don’t have a place to live next week; that I hate bread pudding. Taking Chinese class is something I have complete control over.
2.) Because I have the time. I’ve always liked not being ridiculously busy. That hasn’t changed; I still like having time to myself to relax. But I realized that it might be nice to fill some of my free-time hours with things that super busy people don’t have time to do.
3.) Because it was cheap. I used a LivingSocial deal that made the lessons less than 50% of the original price.
4.) Because it makes for an awesome blog post. This is the least important reason, but it’s still valid. After my first lesson, I can tell you that learning Chinese is very difficult, the word for “Ms.” also means “prostitute,” and learning Chinese is very difficult.