I've been thinking about signing up for Master Chinese, an online program to learn Chinese since where I'm currently living, (a small city in Taiwan) there aren't many opportunities to find Chinese teachers or classes offering Chinese.
So, what would you guys recommend in this situation? So far I've been having to teach myself as much as I can from audio podcasts, but I think I need something much more formal and academic - that will really take me through the foundations. I've never had a formal Chinese class before so I think I need something like that!
The online classes are usually done through Skype but if one doesn't have a microphone, they conduct lessons via telephone as well, and set you up with the computer program kind of like a PowerPoint thing, where they go over slides, highlighting words, etc - and you follow along.
My long-term goal is to learn to read and write, as well as speak fluently. I'd love to hear your opinions on this - thank you!