I'd like to learn an Asian language. I was initially interested in Japanese but after some research I switched to Chinese because of its wider audience and economic growth projections. However, I am really confused about the different dialects and varieties within the Chinese language family, and I am not really sure about where I should start (Mandarin? Simplified?) I know this will depend mostly on what I am trying to achieve... Presently, I have no specific goal, I just want to learn a new language with different roots (I am fluent in English and in Spanish). It would be great if I can apply what I learn to movies, magazines, traveling, etc.Additionally, I always had an interest in Asian cultures.
So... I would really appreciate some expert advice on:
- What language dialect/family should I start with?
- Can you recommend online resources, books, or any other self-learning material? (Note: I've already collected a fair list of learning resources, some of them extracted from this site, but there are so many that it's hard to choose... this is why I am asking for personal recommendations based on your experience).
Thank you for your help!