For me this is Pinyin :p
It looks real simple and your like “oh its in the English alphabet….simple I can learn that real fast” Turns out that yeah I can learn it really fast but remembering the pronunciation is a real killer for me :p its actually not that easy.
But even though I find Pinyin actually worse than learning the Chinese characters themselves I have just decided to deal with it to get a better understanding but I am not going to dwell on it for weeks just a few days to get my understanding then I am gonna chuck Pinyin out the bloody window :D but my main focus when I have found the time and energy in the last few days has been tones ~ because Chinese tones make me very very scared ^^ in a good way though (:
So simple advice is don’t dwell on learning Pinyin no matter how intimidating those crazy looking they look, although I don’t doubt the helpfulness of Pinyin in the extreme beginning (like me ^^) but don’t stick with it for weeks it will drag you down ^^ and you don’t want that now do you?
And the picture shot I have is what I am focusing on (: the “Tone Changes” will tell you how that goes ^^