Has anyone learned a foreign language from tapes?
Or CDs? I used to be able to speak Japanese, years ago when I was a toddler. My mom was Japanese and taught us all until my dad told her it would confuse us. (he now realizes that was a mistake). My mom is gone but we had always planned on going to Japan someday and visiting her family. We never made it. I kept her old addresses and phone numbers to her family but wouldn't be able to communicate with them because none of them speak English. My cousins did when they were in school but the last time I spoke to one of them she could hardly remember any of it and that was about 20 years ago. If the kids and I ever make it over there, I'd like for all of us to have some basic language skills to use and am thinking of buying CDs to learn the language.
I was never good at foreign languages, though...took three years of Spanish and did ok but not great. I know a few phrases and words but that's about it. I took German when I was stationed over there but again, most of the Germans just spoke English to us when we'd attempt to speak German...it was just easier. I'm hoping the kids and I will use Japanese and therefore it will become a second language. I do know quite a few words but putting together a sentence in Japanese is another thing. The kids are still young and I think it'd be a lot easier for them to pick it up, even if I don't.
So, anyway, has anyone ever actually learned a foreign language from tapes? I'd start out by getting CDs that I can listen to in the car to and from work.