Loved your Post it was a really good 1.
I think you r so right. im myself from Europe. I speak English and my home countrys language.
I learn Cantonese from my friends. Now i can speak cantonese and manage myself pretty good in like HK. But i wanted to learn how to read and write as well.... But that turns out to be a differant story...^^
Cantonese anit like Mandarin, in Mandarin you speak the same way as you write... not like that with cantonese... You speak one word but you write a differant one.
And here is one more think 4 you all ppl that wanna learn chinese for example, the reason its so hard to learn is basically, they dont use words like latin language do. Like time verbs.
Example in chinese: Zuotian women bu mang.
Yesterday Yesteraday we (were) not buzy.
And there isnt a single word for " The ".
And to rap this all up, Chinese is a really fun language to learn.
If you learn it you will never regret it believe me.
Any language is good to learn to more you know the better it is