<p>Sorry, I forgot I turned off PMs and can't for the life of me, figure out how to re-enable them.
But here's what I use:</p>
<li><p>The aforementioned Pimsleur (I downloaded it free here: [pimsleur_VeryCD??????[/url</a>] Site is in Chinese but everything, for the most part, is in English and I can guarantee you won't get a virus or anything bad. You have to have eMule ([url=<a href="http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1&rm=download%5DeMule-Project.net">http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1&rm=download]eMule-Project.net</a> - Official eMule Homepage. Downloads, Help, Docu, News...) installed on your computer though.]
Or you can find Pimsleur free on most torrent sites.
I highly recommend starting out with Pimsleur.</p></li>
<li><p>Before You Know It: Learn</a> Spanish, French, German, Italian and over 70 languages with Byki software.
They might prompt you to pay for something but you don't need to. The free version of the download is more than sufficient. </p></li>
<li><p>An awesome "cheat":
-</a> Google Search
AKA Google Advance search, type in Google and set the URL type to .edu
It will bring up colleges with classes in German. What usually occurs is that the professor will either have their entire lesson plan online, which you can follow if you want, or point to additional free websites and resources.</p></li>
<li><p>You might also want to join language-exchange forums and find a penpal. I got three penpals about three years ago when I was learning Mandarin and have stayed in contact with them since. It really helps having someone to go back and forth with to help you with grammar and maybe consider getting on Skype with them to work on pronunciation.
They usually will help you in x-language and you agree to help them in English.</p></li>
<p>It's always free and ignore anyone who tries to charge you.</p>
<p>In my experience, Rosetta Stone is absolutely horrible. I would stay clear of it.</p>
<p>I have some more sites but I have to dig through my Bookmarks and find them. I'll update the list in a bit.</p>
<p>Granted, you won't become anywhere near an exert or anything with the above but it will help a lot--especially if you're worried about taking on additional classes to your schedule.
You may want to also browse the aforementioned university websites and see what books some of the professors are using on their syllabus. Usually, they'll be more comprehensive than the typical "learn a language/traveler companion" type books.</p>