This means I went through the Foundation Course (18 CD's), the Advanced Course (4 CD's) and the Vocabulary Course (4 CD's as well). It took me one year... I just did it for the fun of it, actually. But starting to speak with native Chinese speakers, I come to realise how much I owe this (innovative and 100% audio) method.
According to my Mandarin Chinese teacher, this method is working wonders. She says my accent is very good... and I've got the confidence to speak in this... foreign language! OK, I still have a looong way to go... but believe me, this is a goood start... In a couple of weeks I'll be starting with the written Mandarin language... wish me luck... My goal is to be able to recognize characters and send e-mails. Being able to write characters all by myself is an entire other story (highly time-consuming).
My Apple Tree Electronic Dictionary, my Practice Pad "A Chinese Phrase a Day" (audio files), and... this veeery useful book: "Don't Sit On This Book: A Collection Of Chinese Taboos And Superstitions".
I've tried the Rosetta Stone method... VERY impressive ... Actually I got a hands-on demo in Boston (Prudential Center, right outside the Barnes and Noble bookstore) a few weeks ago... This is the best method ever, I think. And also the most expensive... Not yet sure I'm gonna buy it... My Mandarin Chinese teacher might get jealous ;-)
Actually I'm still working on other CD's, with the "Instant Immersion" method...
I got 16 audio CD's for less than 30 bucks (at Barnes and Noble). I wanted to activate the vocabulary from the Michel Thomas audio method... and learn a little bit more, Re: basic topics (order food, purchase plane tickets, do some shopping, go to the doctor, etc.)
I guess this will keep me busy till I go to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) this winter... Then I will probably purchase the "Instant Immersion" method for PC at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Suria KLCC (Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur's biggest shopping mall). Unless I decide to go for the Rosetta Stone method... Really dunno yet... I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, may I suggest you check this out: a cool list of books, CD's, software about Chinese culture and language... Please help me keep it updated! Thanks!