It's so true that one of the reasons I don't perform that well in Chinese is that when I am trying my darnedest to speak as correctly as I can, I still get criticized and this is a serious deterrent for me...I guess my skin is too thin! And I do just love the comments about looking so much better than I did yesterday!!! That's a real backhanded comment.
Even a parent will sit in front of me and tear a strip off their older child...and never think it's rude or unhealthy.
Well to get back to subject of this post, I will try another method to learn because I am not doing well as an auditory learner and this that I need more visuals to get my head around it. I know that teaching english books like Side by Side offer a more Western approach to learning English with a lot of visuals and I think that on further analysis, this is what I need too to learn Chinese. There was a very interesting link to fluentU.com that I will investigate further.