FWIW, a book I have somewhere on the mechanics of learning second languages mentions total immersion (at a language lab, headphones on, and no breaks) for about eight hours - on top of listening to recordings, working through encounters, etc. I've thought it would be an excellent way to learn it myself - I "immersed" myself in both Spanish and Portuguese (TY books with the cassettes) in 1988, and I still haven't forgotten either. YMMV Wesley Parish On Mon, 16 Nov 2009, Sai Emrys wrote: > So, looks like I'll need to know some. Right now, all I know is yes, > no, thanks, you're welcome, and "I don't speak German". :-P > > TBH I'm not that interested in really learning German fully (I've done > my fair share of L2s to last me a while, I think), but if there's > something I can swallow in about a week that'd get me from zero to at > least moderately communicating, I'd appreciate it. > > Recommendations? Usually what I go for is linguisticy stuff that > values long-term deep understanding over short-term usability, and I > don't really know what's good quality on the other end of things. > > - Sai -- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ----- George Kelischek - "To impress those high-tech computer types, tell them what an Ocarina really is: an animal-activated-solid-state-multi-frequency-sound-synthesizer." ----- Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui? You ask, what is the most important thing? Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.