March 16, 2013
I play table tennis often and became interested in the language from my contact with many native speakers.
Using Chinese Pod's classification of newbie, elementary, intermediate,... I would say at the border of elementary and intermediate. My wife is a newbie.
My wife and I have been living in Plano for many years. I am a retired software engineer. Learning Mandarin is now one of my hobbies, although I have no natural talent for languages.