Pimsleur Language Software review
I have used the Pimsleur method over the years for German and Spanish, primarily when it was an oral language course. The Pimsleur process introduces words in a staggered basis: It will be introduced, then repeated, and again...then a gap while other material is reused, then the new word is used again. The process repeats with longer periods of time between the times the word is used, which helps the brain transfer from short term to long term memory. And it does work! Years later, I remember the vocabulary of these courses.
The second thing I enjoy is that the basic course material was structured to be learned orally, such as in your car. The online versions also give you written and reading training, but it is still based on the sort of flexible use that has been the key to word usage as you learn. It also makes sure you know what you are saying, as it defines words as you need more information than just context, which to me is a guessing game. A variety of courses begin by introducing a picture and a word and then asks you to connect the two...but that is frustrating, because it often doesn't clarity EXACTLY what the word means relative to the picture. With the Pimsleur, method, the course also asks you to use the words you are learning in a variety of sentence structures, so it is not a canned phrase...you aren't limited to the structure you are given, but are helped to use the vocabulary as you normally use language--in a variety of situations. For example, it will introduce of terms relating to nationality, then will say something like: Ask the gentleman if he speaks Spanish. If the man says no, he understands only English. So, then ask if he is an American. Then you will need to produce the answer to your first question. In all cases, you will be using words you know, but in a variety of formats, so it isn't limited. At the beginning, you may learn relatively few words in a lesson, but you will learn them so that they are really useful to you. You will increase fluency quickly.
But like any language, the final test is whether or not you want to put the time in. In language learning, like anything else, the harder you work at it, the more you will learn. And virtually anyone CAN learn another language..it is not unusual, for example, for kids in refugee camps in the Middle East, such as Gaza, will learn 3,4 or even more languages, often without any formal schooling involved. They find it useful, so they learn. Same with us: If we work at it, and if we have a goal, it can be learned. The saying that the more languages you learn, the easier it isto learn the next one. That's because you learn the structure of languages themselves. When you know what participles are, for instance, and how they work, the next time you run across a participle, it will be, ok, that's how THIS language works...and you'll quickly pick it up.
In any case, I would recommend checking Pimsleur method language learning. I think it is an excellent way to learn.