Anyhow, I'm in college now, and to graduate I have to take three levels of Spanish. I'm guessing that I'm not going to be able to B.S. my way through them like I did up through High School. (No offense to anyone in the public education system, but seriously... it sucks, or at least it seriously sucked for me.)
I have been interested in learning to speak a new language, but due to the fact that I want to be a writer, it seemed more important to develop my English skills first. Anyhow, I've got my first Spanish 101 class in college coming up next term, and from rumors floating through my school, as well as my knowledge of how history repeats itself, I'm placing $50 that the teachers aren't going to be able to teach me much more than I already know.
I thought that perhaps over the summer, I may be able to self-teach myself the basics, so I'll go into the class with a basic sense of what the professor is talking about.
Could anyone help point me in the right direction? I'd like to get some beginner's workbooks or study guides, anything that could be useful to a beginner, perhaps somewhere online if I could link me to anything that's been helpful to others.
I've also heard of Spanish software for beginners, but I'm not sure how reliable it would be. I wouldn't mind buying software as long as it's worth it.
Any advice or tips?