Those looking to move beyond just memorizing a few pat phrases of a another language to learning how to speak like a non-tourist might want to consider investing in the Pimsleur language system. In the Pimsleur structured audio-based language-learning program, one learns a foreign language the same one way one learns their first language as a child--learn the vocabulary while practicing he intonation, rhythm and melody that is used in everyday communication.
As each lesson is only a compact 30 minutes, one can easily set aside a short amount of time dedicated to practicing their language skills. Currently these programs are available in 50 languages ranging from Vietnamese to Albanian, thus allowing one to pick from a range of languages geared for their particular level of interest. Also, consumers can choose to order the courses in CD format for those who prefer to work at a computer or download the lessons digitally and access the lessons on the go via a tablet or smartphone.
Yes, this program is more expensive than the free podcasts one can download. But read the fine print and many of those free podcasts have premium programs for those who really want to learn how to read and speak another language. Whereas with Pimsleur, al the material one needs is already included in an very easy to access course manager application. For more information log on to www.pimsleur.com.