Hello! I have a bit of a unique upbringing. I am a 4th generation Hakka who grew up in India. As the Hakka people originated from China, the Hakka language has some similarities to Mandarin. We use the same characters as Mandarin but have different pronunciations. I always had issues with learning Mandarin characters via the traditional memorization method. I studied a few years of Mandarin classes as a child but barely remembered any characters.