I forgot that as a child I wanted to learn Chinese and Japanese. :
You don't want to learn them anymore???
It's not that I don't but I've realized that when you don't use any language in real life it gets erased lot quicker than you learning it in the first place.lol
This will sound like I'm showing off, but this is actually true for most Indians, at least those who do some kind of higher studies and move around in the country. So take this information as common phenomena rather than individual excellence.
I know (or used to know) a total of 7 languages, learned in this sequence and to a varying degree of proficiency
Marathi < Mother tongue
Hindi < Bollywood language
Sanskrit < Ancient language
English < Post high school "professional course language"
I used to be able to speak, read, and write in above all 4.
Following ones I can understand and speak partially but can't write or read script of.
Furthermore, there are 2 more dialects of my mother tongue, which have different usage of words and pronunciations and are from different parts of my state, which I can understand but not able to speak with the same fluency as my mother tongues local dialect of my area.
I'm sure for most people here most of these languages are unheard of, but these have more speakers than most European languages like Portuguese, French or Italian.lol
It might surprise you but currently, if I really have to get strict with it, I can only read-write in 3 of them and the others are mostly gone from my mind (like *poof*). Especially Sanskrit since I have not used it in the last 15 years - at all-, it's safe to say that now I can only read it and might even not be able to understand what I'm reading fully, forget about speaking it.lol
I'm afraid, if I spend a lot of time learning Chinese or Japanese now, it will not only be harder but there is a good chance that I'll forget most of it very quickly as well. In fact, I do know quite a few words from Chinese (Characters), German and Japanese. For some reasons, I do feel that if I actually stayed in those particular countries I can learn them in 6-7 months to a usable degree in everyday life, but if I'm not to go there, then it's not that great of an idea to invest time in learning them, as I'll forget them. Well, that's my experience, it might be that I'm a bit silly and others have better retention ability than I do. >.>'