Hi, thanks! No, I study Sinology at Leipzig University, I've been learning chinese for 4 years now. In China I went to the Beijing Yuyan Daxue, the language university and live in the dorm there. All in all, i say, it cost around 3-4k Euro. Oh, once you know how it's done, the characters come quite easy to you, you just need routine and discipline in studying.
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