Is it my fault that I did not grow up in Chinese schools?
Would it be socially unaccepted for a chinese not able to read chinese newspapers?
I still come across chinese who despise me for not SPEAKING their 'way' of chinese (claimed that I had a weird accent - are they jealous or what) or unable to read chinese newspaper.
Then again, it's not as if I can't converse/understand the language.
In fact, I would find it an accomplishment to be able to work in a call center supporting China customers.
Mr Google has helped me a lot.
Even when it comes to translation.
Find this website really useful translating chinese to english.
Honest speaking, I've learnt not to bother these people too much and just respond to such remarks by 'smiling' :D.
It's never TOO late to learn a language - it's just the attitude.
The most important thing is to accept people as they are... whether they are bad in whatever language it would be - may it be english/chinese/malay etc...