I've just recently started to learn about Chinese. It's difficult for me to even grasp some of the concepts. I've read that their language is all about syllables. Like words only consist of so many syllables. And this is why it is difficult for them to import words from other languages. Concerning their writing, It appears that it is pictographic. So how does one even begin to learn how to write or read? If a single pictograph has meaning, how does one look at it and deduce its pronunciation? I get the impression that Chinese is a very efficient language, but it seems that the writing is terribly inefficient... Is it possible to romanize the Chinese language? I find Chinese to be a fascinating language, but I feel like I would have to have a doctorate degree in linguistics to even approach studying it.