Having tried various new languages with audio materials I find the Michel Thomas method is much the easiest and most enjoyable. Some language courses have you hear two native speakers having a conversation. I found this utterly daunting even if it is broken down afterwards. The 'live' classroom setup of the Michel Thomas method makes for a much easier way in. I have been learning Russian, a language I knew nothing of, and find I can make progress easily. Natasha Bershadski is very fluent in English and has a pleasant voice -- important when you're going to be listening to hours of it. I prefer her teaching the MT method to Michel himself ! She is infinitely patient with her two students whose efforts you hear at expressing themselves in the new language. I found the fact that they make mistakes helpful, as we English speakers tend to have similar problems to each other with foreign languages. You always hear the teacher say the phrase at the end of each question-answer and the contrast with the students' pronunciation helps to improve your own. Try the free sample if in doubt!