What's the best way to learn languages (particularly French and German) through software or online which a) does NOT rely on long lectures, b) teaches sufficient grammar and vocabulary to read moderately complex books, and c) is interactive (if possible with a clear measure of progress) and d) self-paced?
Are there any online communities conducted in Spanish or French that are kind of like Metafilter? [more inside]
Help me maintain my (fluent) French and (slightly worse) Italian post-graduation in a foreign language-free job. [more inside]
How does a once confident French speaker re-learn the language after six years of not using it? [more inside]
Verb conjugation tester for OSX? [more inside]
What are the best (free) podcasts for learning languages? [more inside]
I'm at a stage where I need to memorize vocabulary in a foreign language, and I am looking for advice, tips & useful software. [more inside]
Good french books by good french authors? [more inside]