When I was in high school, I was more or less fluent in Spanish thanks to an obsession with Ricky Martin (ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME!!!), 2 years of Spanish class, and lots of practice. Over the years, I’m slowly forgotten quite a bit of Spanish-- I can understand absolutely fine nine times out of ten, but when it comes time for me to respond, I 100% forget how to conjugate anything beyond the most basic verbs.
I’ve tried Rosetta Stone. I don’t know if it’s the version I had or what, but that was completely not helpful. While I have no doubt that my vocabulary could use a bit of a boost, my real issue is grammar and verb conjugation, which RS really didn’t help at all with. To give an example of what I disliked about RS, it seemed that a good chunk of it was something like: they’d show you four pictures (a cat, a window, a doctor, and a bus), then ask you to click on the ventanilla. When it did come to sentences and dialog, there was no explanation of WHY something was written a certain way (grammatically), just that it was written that way. And this was in the second level Spanish program!
So, can anyone suggest a good program for me to look into? Or maybe has RS gotten better? I realize a Spanish text book and some flash cards may be my best bet, but I do travel a lot and it’d be nice to have a program I could play on during my downtime when out of town. I’ll pay some money if the program is worth it, but I’m always down to save a little money.