John Cena Speaks About Learning Mandarin For The Last Five Years

John Cena has spoke the Chinese language of Mandarin off and on now, but he's still far away from being fluent.

He spoke to The Straits Times about Ferdinand, his latest film. But when it comes to Mandarin, he admits that he's still far away from becoming a master of the language.

"I've been studying Mandarin for five years and I still speak like a third grader" he admitted.

Studying a new language takes a lot of effort. Cena does it to he can try and communicate with people in China so that WWE may be able to find a market there. Being such a busy guy, he normally carries flash cards around with him in a Ziploc bag and studies them for about thirty minutes.

"So, on the days when I want to just cruise through Instagram, I have to tell myself that would be fun, but do it after half an hour's worth of cards" he told the site.

"And I try to listen to podcasts and watch CCTV" he said in added. "I just try to immerse myself in the culture as much as I can."

It'll be a long process. WWE has made inroads in China in recent years, including airing on television over there, but WWE is still an extremely niche product in the country.

"It's a very slow process, but I do weekly videos on WeChat and it's just winning people over one by one" he said.

WWE's last tour in China was back in September for a Smackdown live event. They also have a number of Chinese recruits training at the WWE Performance Center.

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