Hello, my name is James Sharp. I have been using ChinesePod for a few months now. I just saw today the video inviting us to make an introduction on the forums; so this is my attempt:
I am from Louisiana and would love to become fluent in Mandarin as I visit friends and see the country. I was pretty excited when I got a notebook to practice characters in as well a bottle opener and soem other goodies from ChinePod. The swag is awesome and so is the content. Thanks!
I am supplementing some textbook learning and private tutors with resources like ChinesePod, Sinosplice/AllSet Learning, Anki, ArchChinese, Yabla, Yellow Bridge, DuoLingo, etc.
I started with the Say It Right Series and the Pinyin Program, memorizing the chart. I have since been using other tools to try to go ahead and memorize the 214 radicals. Of course, along the way I am picking up characters and phrases, at least at the basic survival level. I know it will be a long road to fluency but I want to do it!