http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=538361 is a thread I started about an opportunity I am taking advantage of next May. I’ll be going to for two weeks as part of a study abroad program. I’ve decided to pick China for a variety of reasons, and appreciate the feedback in the thread. I’m really jazzed about it and looking forward to it immensely.
However, before I travel, I’d like to get at least some rudimentary understanding of the language. What’s the best program for learning some basic Chinese between now and May of '10? Is the Rosetta Stone stuff worth the admission price? Or Berlitz? Or a program I’ve never heard of?