40-something (at time of writing ^^) Brit living in France. Language hobbyist, started learning Mandarin/普通话 in 2011. I'm also studying Italian and at some point I'd like to go back to studying Arabic. Among my other interests are: Go (围棋; French 1 dan) and playing music (classical and “trad” - Irish, Scottish, French, …).
In 2019 I wrote a smallish piece called tips on studying Chinese that was well received, so you may wish to have a look yourself.
I also have a website (which I don't keep up to date any more, but never mind): malcolm.schonfield.free.fr.