If you’re interested in learning a new language, then you might be pleased to find that one of the best ways to do so is to use computer software.  I still think that enrolling in a class is a great way to go, but not everyone has that option or the time to do it.  In that case, using software is the absolute best way to go as it assists you in learning the language rather than having to rely on yourself constantly.  It goes above and beyond the older “learn by tape” method that was so popular about 10 years ago.  And now with smartphones its easier than ever to really take it on the go with you and immerse yourself as much as possible.

There are a multitude of different software programs out there.  However there are a few that have floated to the top in popularity – and for good reason.

One of my top software choices is the Rocket Languages software.  They have many languages available, and it’s pretty affordable compared to many comparable software suites.  Many people who’ve used it really like it, including myself.  It’s different than the popular Rosetta Stone software programs in that it takes a more adult-level learning technique.  The thing about Rosetta Stone is that yes, it does mimic the way languages are “naturally” learned, but the fact is that we are adults, and we learn things differently than babies and infants.  The Rocket Language series is much more traditional, but the varied techniques they use manage to mix it up enough to make it quite worthwhile.

I also like that you can take it on the go with you.  You can load it up on your iPad or iPhone, or simply use it on your home PC.  Even PCMagazine has really liked the software, giving it a very high rating.

I personally used the Rocket Spanish software in order to brush up on my Spanish before I took a trip to Mexico.  It was helpful.  I had learned Spanish to a fairly good level in college, but of course if I don’t use stuff like that I forget it.  So I was able to really brush up – using the app in my car and when I had some down time.

I suggest doing some research on the different programs out there.  I personally found Rosetta Stone to be frustrating and not good for my learning style.  Rocket Spanish got me there faster.