So I'm trying to learn to speak Mandarin. I have always considered myself good at language. Yeah... So, first off, which is more universal? Traditional or the other? Also, I am using the rosetta stone program, and though I just started, I'm worried that it will be impossible to correct my pronunciation without a class atmosphere (my college schedule is packed without mandarin). Do I learn to watch lots of chinese movies? Any tips on how to pronounce the "a" in "fan" and the "r" as in "nu ren"? Experiencing difficulties with those two. I'd appreciate any help!