Anyone here have good or bad experiences with Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, or Rocket Language? I'm looking to pick up a good traveler's grasp of German. I'd like to read it as well, but am mostly interested in learning the language and being able to get around comfortably using German - we're *hoping* to take a trip to the Alps of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria this August.
All packages have their supporters and detractors. I have a long commute and so Pimsleur is attractive as pure-audio, though I am a visual person, so maybe Rosetta Stone...