About how long on average does it take to learn Mandarin? I’m more concerned with Pinyin and the spoken language over the Simplified characters as of now. I’ve been teaching myself the basics, such as the greetings and numbers… I don’t think anyone where I live really speaks Mandarin so it will be more of a self taught process. I just want to get the stage where I’m fairly literate and can read most of a newspaper for example. Thanks for the help!