I have an employee who really wants to learn English and I would like to help her. Her memorizatio skills are excellent, so I thought maybe language tapes would be the best way. She works fulltime and has children so school is not an option.
I've learned a bit of Spanish by watching (listening to) the news readers on Mexican TV. They speak clearly and pronounce properly. The same is true of the English news readers, particularly on CH46, CNN International.
lil'red, my buddy Don, that was with me in March, is using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish. I carried the software with me to SP, since he couldn't get it shipped to Afganistan. He says he is learning but has no one to practice on. The cost may be prohibitive: $450 US for the Spanish.
lil red, you can get the rosetta stone disks at Transylvania Tech.
My kids nanny learned from the children. She watched baby tv - you know sesame street etc. There are some great shows on PBS. They have shows that have the written word, then it is verbalized and a little skit or a cartoon demonstrating the words.
I have a propensity for starting projects, while not necessarily finishing them, and as such spent a couple of hours last year with Rosetta Stone Spanish, Vol 1.
The pitiful result was that when 2 very beautiful young Mexican Mountain Bikers we encountered in Moab asked for help, and I tried to engage them in conversation, all I could remember was that “la avionetta est azule”.
Either they had no interest in a Blue Airplane, or found me rather pathetic: my wife voted for option #2
They looked great in spandex as they rode away though.....
It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math: then again if you can't do the math.......