I am from Australia and have been doing Rocket French since January 2010.
Fortunately my work requires a lot of driving so I am able to listen and practice my French most days.
My retention has improved considerably since I began writing down a lot of the lessons and then referring back to those notes whenever necessary.
I have great difficulty understanding much of what is being said whenever I watch French news on t.v or a French movie, usually a word here and there is about it at the moment.
I am looking forward to travelling to France in May and putting some of what I have learnt into practice, I don't expect to be able to hold lengthy conversations with the locals, but I am confident of being able to ask relevant questions in relation to directions, accommodaton, dinner etc.
I am thoroughly enjoying the course and only wish that I had started it sooner.