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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Although (sometimes) difficult, it is very insightful. I've always had in interest in seeing how language and communication works, so I enjoyed it.
There is more to linguistics than phonology and phonetics (which are actually not the same thing--go figure). I can now teach my Japanese friends and future students how to pronounce English L and R sounds.
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Advice for students:
Read the textbook. Read it. Read it again. Then read it again. If you still don't understand, ask the professor...then read it again.