To a Mandarin-Chinese learner, learning traditional characters or simplified characters is a question.
Traditional characters are used commonly in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and most oversea communities.
Simplified characters are used officially on Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia and growing oversea communities.
Mandarin-Chinese is a tonal language. Tones are more like music notes, which guide you how to pronounce each character. In this sense, speaking Mandarin-Chinese is more like singing.
It sounds fun but might be confusing to English speakers who are never exposed to tonal languages. However, if you know the trick, you will find it is not difficult at all.
春晓 is a very famous poem. In this poem, the poet described vividly of a typical spring scene.
To English speakers, Mandarin-Chinese has a fame of being one of the most difficult languages to learn.
Back to many years ago, this statement might be true. However, it is is not the case any more.