I am a total beginner in Mandarin (2 classes) and am still struggling to understand anything when the teacher speaks. Anyway, I am currently learning a few words/phrases and I write them down in pin yin.
the teacher also writes these words in the other style (not pin yin - can't remember how you call it). I find the other style mind boggling (I am very confused and don't recognise anything).
Anyway, should I concentrate on learning to speak and write in pin yin and then later advance to this writing style or should I try it from day 1?