Fluenz Mandarin is an awesome piece of software. I always found language classes in school to be simply torturous (whether middle school, high school, or even college), but Fluenz combines extremely effective techniques with a surprisingly engaging and immersive interface. The language instruction is highly personalized through the use of a full-motion video instructor who clearly lays out the foundations of each lesson. The various reading, writing, and speaking (you check your pronunciation - especially critical when it comes to Mandarin - by listening to recordings of your own voice!) exercises ensure that, by the end of each lesson, you have fully internalized the critical material that was presented. I highly recommend this product for anyone interested in achieving a meaningful grasp of Mandarin, not to mention those looking to establish a foundation from which to pursue more advanced study. The product’s presentation of the material is simply unequaled in the field and makes consistent dedication to the lessons as easy as one could possibly hope for.