Program to quickly learn Mandarin Chinese fluenty?

I am looking for a program where I can learn to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently in a short time period (up to six months or so). I’m currently in college but don’t have time to take Mandarin classes and want to explore the alternatives. I once talked to to someone who became fluent in a program after only six months. Does anyone have any knowledge of these programs or links to their websites? I’m not talking about study abroad, but something entirely different. My college has abroad programs, but they also include reading and writing and don’t reach the same level of speaking fluency.

Thanks!

I take Chinese-Mandarin classes every Sunday, but I just think it’s so boring! I know that if it was interesting and fun for me, it would make me more motivated, therefore making it easier for me to learn the material. Do you take Chinese-Mandarin classes and how do you make it more fun and interesting for you?

Thanks! 🙂

Trying to learn 2 languages at the same time?

My first language is French and I speak English fluently. I recently took Mandarin classes and I am now listening to lessons on CDs (Pimsleur ones, they are famous and have a great reputation, and from the lessons I listened up to now I have to agree). I listened about 10h of Pimsleur, took 25h of Mandarin classes and I have been to China for 3 weeks, so I can manage small talks but nothing more. Later in my life I am interested in doing inernational business in Asia, so I would like to also learn Japanese. I now have the Japanese version of Pimsleur.

Both languages are extremely different, one have tones and the other don’t have any (which makes it very easy to make the difference between both, even with a single word), the gramar of both languages are different, the sentence structures are different, most of the words in Mandarin only contains 1 syllable and the opposite is true for Japanese.

Can I learn both at the same time? Should I listen to 1 lesson a day of each?
Note: A lesson is 30min and the total on all the CDs is 45 hours, so a total of 90h for both languages, but you sometimes have to listen to the same lesson over again so I would say it will be more like 100h+ if I finish everything.

Should I complete Mandarin first and then go with Japanese? Should I listen to each of them every days? Like I said the languages are very different so I don’t think I could get confused. I am 17 years old by the way (well still 16 but I will be 17 on Tuesday) so it should be easier than for an adult.

I thought about doing something like that: 1 Lesson of Japanese, 30min break, 1 Lesson of Chinese. Is it a good idea?

Is anyone learning Mandarin or now speaks Mandarin after taking lessons..Just wondering how you are finding it and how long have you been studying for? (: I’m thinking of starting Mandarin classes this year.