I have a degree in Chinese and recently decided to refresh my language skills before they entirely evaporate.
I plan to go to China to admire its beauty and history every few years. I can still take the proficiency levels, as I don’t think I could officially study it having a *cough* BA Hons in it.
For people in my position of realising that Mandarin fades extremely quickly, or those just starting out, I plan to list useful resources I discovered over the course of my degree.
The first of these is Hanping Pro Dictionary and camera OCR. These apps are available on Android. If stranded in China, you can point them at a (typed) menu for a vague idea of what you’re eating. It is a godsend.