I give up, dammit!
This painting by Caravaggio is perfect to show my frustration. I can’t understand Mandarin Chinese TV worth a damn. I am going to start studying Italian instead. I love art and food. It will be perfect. And, unlike Chinese, I will be able to communicate in this lifetime. Italy has some of the finest art in the world, and I want to go there to see it (including paintings by this artist). Call me a quitter, but I am tired of being frustrated at trying to learn impossibly difficult languages, like Chinese, Arabic or Russian. I want a language I can actually learn, for once.