Alright, so recently I decided to start doing some things to enrich my life a bit more, and after a trip to Belgium I thought that learning a language beyond Spanish would be a definitely plus if I wanted to keep traveling. My goal was to pick a language (or languages if it works out) that would make a lot of travel viable, especially when combined with anything my wife might learn. With that in mind, I thought that perhaps Chinese would be handy for any travel I wanted to do in Asia since there may be Chinese speakers all around, and at least I would have a familiarity with characters. That and my wife was thinking about French, so between French, Spanish, and English we could probably get around most any touristy area of Europe. That being said, what are the chances that someone motivated to learn Chinese could do so mostly on their own? And if anyone has tried, what suggestions do you have? I went to the library yesterday and picked up a set of CDs (they're alright), a couple books, and a dictionary to get started. If I make any progress (and I am still living in Knoxville), there are a lot of Chinese people that live next door to me that may be willing to help me out with my Chinese in exchange for assistance (for themselves or their children) with English writing or speaking. So yeah, any advice, words of encouragement, warnings, or languages I should be studying instead? Thanks.