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Essay: On how to kiss and ride: A Rookie in Taiwan


Learning traditional Chinese is notoriously difficult. Suyash Desai writes of his adventures as he attempts to master the language

The Chinese language has been my Mount Everest ever since I began studying it in mid 2018. For a researcher working on Chinese defence and foreign policies, there is no escape from learning the language. Like most early Everest climbers, I was wounded and failed on multiple occasions. The study of Chinese requires enormous amounts of time and dedication and is difficult to pursue alongside a job. Earlier this year, I finally found the courage to quit work in India and make my way to Taiwan to study the language properly. Taiwan is perhaps the only country that still uses traditional Chinese script. Did I accept the challenge to climb Everest off-season? Yes, indeed.



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