i can read heriglyphics. it's easy, really. u just memorize the letters, practice writng them, and always remember that if one symbol is on top of another, u read the first one first, and that u read it from the way the animals are facing.
It's not quite as simple as that at all. Many times when you're translating a register of hieroglyphs, you wouldn't necessarily read in the order that it's written because the ancient Egyptians often wrote gods names and things like that first in a sentence even though they wouldn't have spoken it like that (it was out of honour to the gods). Besides, the whole structure of their sentences was completely different to how the English write, so often their sentences sound 'backwards' to us.
Check out the daily quiz on Hieroglyphs.net
to see how their sentences were written; it's quite mind blowing.
In answer to your question, Egyptianscribe, I consider myself a beginner. I like to puzzle through translations and help people out where I can, but I must admit, I'm not terribly good at it.