Mastering Mandarin will take from you 2200 hours or 88 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated 3 point.
Learning Italian might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 575-600 hours or 23-24 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 1.
You will most likely find people, who speaks Mandarin in China, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Viet Nam.
Number of native speakers is about 910,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 990,000,000. The biggest country in which Mandarin is used as a native language is People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Native speakers of Italian are mostly from Italy and are about 57,700,000 people.
Italian are spoken fluently by 64,000,000 people.
The language is spoken in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland, some areas of Slovenia and Croatia, Malta, Corsica, Albania, Luxemburg, Germany, Belgium, United States, Canada, Venezuela, Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina.
Mandarin came from Sino Tibetan language family.
Romance branch of the Indo-European language family is the origin of Italian language.