My goal will be to learn Mandarin Chinese and traditional Chinese characters. Specifically, to read a newspaper, write and type, and converse well-enough to (for example) ask meaningful questions at a museum.
+ currently deferring study
These are resources that I have found the most useful, and would recommend to anyone learning Chinese.
Other (helpful) resources
These are resources that I tried, but ultimately found to be lacking.
+ Michel Thomas, unfun and sleepy, misleading explanation of tones
+ Pimsleur, boring, bad audio
+ ChineseSkill app, too buggy, unfun
+ ChinesePod app, giant advertisement asking for money