This site needs more Pitchfork-like reviews. ;) Seriously, though, I'm already in love with this site.
Atlanta, GA, USA
It just works. There's an active development community, so chances are your question has already been answered. Easy to change a bit of text in the interface. Tons of extensions.
Cons: Doesn't work perfectly with safe mode, but that'll be deprecated soon (hooray!).
A beautiful language that is spoken all over the world and yes, sounds romantic. Despite what people tell you, it is not necessarily harder than other languages out there. Spanish, I'm looking at you.
Cons: Remembering those nouns that have a different number in French. Gender of nouns Getting the r and u sounds right can be tricky for new speakers.
For readability and depth, this book is the best in both areas. If you want to dig deep into algebra and want a resource for later, this is the book.
Cons: The book hits the ground running from the beginning. I recommend a lighter read if you're brand new to the field.