We own some resources, but nothing that has seemed terribly effective for me. But I guess the first question is what language I choose. I have been assuming Spanish. But there is something to be said for working on German, since I do actually know some of that.
Spanish makes more practical sense though.
Okay, so we own a very old version of Rosetta Stone. But I didn't particularly love it, and I really don't have room to install it on my computer.
- My library offers Mango online. They say they focus on practical conversation skills, the goal is speaking. I like that. It includes cultural "stuff" which I definitely like. Intended for travelers, which isn't exactly my situation.
- Or one of our other libraries offers byki. They seem to focus a bit more on vocabulary acquisition first. But it is a bit hard to tell.
The libraries link to some other free stuff.
- BBC programs, specifically Steps in 12 Weeks. I like the idea of something from the BBC. They also gear this to travelers.
- LiveMocha. Naturally, I gravitate towards anything with "mocha" in its name. But with this one, I really don't understand their approach at all.