HI , I guess this is the proper place to tell and encourage you with my chinese learning journey ,first off ,I got married to a taiwanese wife 4 years ago , but her parents speak "VERY" broken english , so I jumped into MANDARIN chinese immediately learning 10 minutes a week from word lists (effortlessly), and after 3 years I went to Taiwan and said ,ni hao to a few people and my response was *&^%$#@#$%^&^ , then a pause with a blank stare from both of us (a very strange feeling) After 3 years I mastered ni hao and zai jian ."ONLY" ni hao and zai jian??? , I thought I've gone stupid!!! . So Last year I invaded Chapters Bookstore and bought most of their boring chinese books, VERY BORING , TOO BORING so I decided to flip through the internet and found Rocket Chinese , It said 2 month money back guarantee , So I thought yes I'll do it for a month and a half and get my money back, he, he, he. But i got so caught up in the lessons and addicted to the mega audio game(starbucks level addiction) , UGH!!! I didn't have the complete set of 31 grammar lessons with audio in my email, (sigh) yes I was in love , I ran through the course daily up to 6.1 and mega audio with my awaited email GLORIES coming every week, EEEAAAHHH!!! I forgot it was now past 2 months ,,,, oh well i didn't care anyway , I could say long sentences ,Rocket chinese really did launch me past the dought demons of (I cant do this anymore.),,,,,well, Then i took a little break from Rocket and messed around with other programs and heard words from rocket chinese coming out of my wife's mouth on the phone ,I also heard them in these other courses , Rolling cows over dead hills!!!! (dont ask, I dont even know what i just said?),But The words and phrases stuck in my brain from rocket last year,,, Then about 3 or 4 months ago I got laid off. Sad but, WOO HOO , I've been going at it 4-8 hours a day "EVERY DAY" "COME ON" no pain no gain , I Now can comprehend 60% of fast daily spoken chinese and hold basic conversations, I talked on the phone with 3 chinese people, they are absolute beginners of english so about 70% of the conversation was in chinese for 20 minutes YEAH!.....I'm only half way there, But I'm Full of courage now , And DILIGENCE IS THE KEY.....NEVER GIVE UP HOPE , In every arena of life. you just need to find the right path and walk it out till the end, Just watch the dought demon crumble under your feet. bye,,,, Popeye.