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It's not that difficult to learn to read a foreign language,  it is a different story trying to write in one,  especially when it is from a different language family. The Buddhist scriptures translated by Indian monks like Kumarajiva, 2000 years ago, appear to be the only ones written in Chinese by foreigners. There are no more evidence similar language attempts since then.

Lesson from this phenomenon: learn to read and speak, but just give up trying to write, which seems to apply to all languages, unless you start early. Kissinger did well but never got rid of his German accent. He moved to the States aged 14.

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Mandarin is not difficult to learn. Most give up after a short period
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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seneca Post time: 2017-11-9 11:18
Indian monks were not the only foreign writers of Chinese texts. In the 19th century, Westerners  ...

Please provide some specific names as example. It would be very interesting to see how they managed to write in Classical Chinese, because all writings before 1911 was classical in style.  Few understand Classical Chinese (文言文) today.

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