I recently decided to start learning other languages (beginning with German), and after trying a couple products (Michel Thomas, Rosetta Stone, and Pimsleur), I like Pimsleur the most.
- The lessons are short (30 minutes) long, so you can get through at least one per day.
- You start out by learning essential grammar and vocabulary, as opposed to random nouns and verbs.
- The repetition is just enough to maximize retention without boring you to death.
- The MP3 format is great–I upload the courses to my Google Music account and use my phone to go through them while I drive, do cardio, etc.
I’m about 100 hours into learning German and am at a point where I can understand and participate in basic conversations. I figure 300-400 hours will achieve fluency, and Pimsleur has courses to take me all the way up to that point.
If you’ve been wanting to learn a language, I highly recommend you give a Pimsleur course a go.