I’ve been looking into learning some other languages. In middle school and high school I took Spanish every year, so that was 6 years of Spanish; some of it has stuck with me and I can make myself understood and if I spend a week in Mexico, I remember a lot more and become even more fluent. All of that said, it would be nice to brush up on my skills in Spanish, and I also have some amount of desire to learn a Middle Eastern language like Arabic.
Someone recommended Rosetta Stone as a great place to start with self-taught language lessons. Looking at the pricing, I can spend either $195 for the Level 1 and $225 for the Level 2 Spanish CD-Roms, or just $49.95 per month or $149.95 for 6 months for internet access to the same lessons. Obviously the internet access seems to be the best deal, but then I do not retain the CDs to be able to use in the future.
Has anyone used the Rosetta Stone system? If so, did you buy the CDs or do the online version? If you did not use Rosetta Stone, did you use someone else, and why?
Any comments are appreciated.