I suck at languages. I can either blame it on my parents or make another go of it by mastering at least one FL before I croak. I am also cheap, lazy, and un-motivated. So, what to do?
I think this year we will reach the tipping point for open content in educational materials.
MIT's Open Courseware started the movement. UC Berkeley recently gave the movement a big boost by making available full video lectures for more than 50 courses. But we are also beginning to see significant contributions to open content by creative individuals.
On the top ten list of iTunes podcast is a delightful series called "Coffee Break Spanish" by two Scots named Mark and Kara. They are churning out a series of great podcast lessons and have also built a marvelous community web site around their content.
Thanks to Mark and Kara this will be the year I will finally become proficient in Spanish.