Language teaching is one area the Peace Corps really excels. My initial thoughts were that we would learn conversational Macedonia so we could at least carry on a half-way intelligent conversation. However, language is taught from the ground up, with basic grammar, sentence structure and learning conjugation of verbs. At first i kind of fought the system, but after a year of tutoring I have come to really appreciate the system PC has developed. I have resigned myself to the fact I will never be fluent in Macedonia, however I certainly can understand a conversation and get my point across when I need to. I can buy groceries, order in restaurants, understand the soap operas on TV and express my wishes for meals. I think I have learned more about English language structure than Macedonian, so if you have a good, solid understanding of English it will help in understanding a foreign language. I have looked for ever conceivable method of learning a foreign language and finally gave up as there are as many methods as there are languages. My advice, don't sweat the language thing, it will come. Take advantage of any tutoring you can get and (the hard part) don't be afraid to make mistakes or that you will be laughed at, it is part of the process and you will find the HCNs will be more than helpful in correcting you or even indulging your mistakes.