I'm a Law student who has signed up for an open unit in ab-initio Mandarin Chinese for this coming year. I'm not of Asian origin and, while I have had some success studying European languages (A in Spanish at A Level, A* in French GCSE), and have a decent understanding of a Bantu language, I'm absolutely bricking AI Mandarin. I've heard that a lot of people who sign up to this course have already studied it before, whereas I will be a complete beginner, and I'm worried about balancing a new language with the demands of 2nd year Law. I'm considering changing to Spanish or French as an open unit instead.
Has anybody got any experience in learning a language at university from scratch? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Especially as my grades in this will count towards my degree classification...
Thank you in advance!
What should I do?