The "Learn in your car" series on languages is the best method I have come across in my attempt to learn a foreign language (short of taking a course). You hear actual pronunciation and don't have to follow along in a book to know what is being said. I current live in Europe and this course on tape really works. It starts with simple vocabulary building and works through all parts of speech and complex sentences. I highly recommend this to anyone tired of reading in a language book how a foreign word should sound. It also allows you to change the balance on your stereo so you only hear the foreign language part, which lets you quiz yourself even more. I have a 45 min drive to work and just playing these tapes back and forth I have a very useful and functional language ability. It easily allows for the repetition required in learning a foreign language.