Its soooo hard. OMG I hated chinese class. I never worked so hard in all of my years in college until i had that class.
I'm forgetting my characters I need to continue learning, but I am a good speaker. I was awesome when I was in china. Its just reading the characters that are just so hard. pinyin is pretty easy though.
Someone told me they may just use pinyin more in the future, but I think thats a terrible idea, even though easier, its just taking away from there history and culture ya know.