ron van der molen April 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM I also use the Teach Yourself book to start learning a language. I started with Teach Yourself “Complete Brazilian Portuguese”. In the end, it have not done anything to improve my listening or speaking, as the dialoges are way to textbook, they pronounce everything really really slowly where brazilians speak at the speed of a freight train. But it helped me to learn the “logics” of the language well. Being able to write and read is MUCH more important for your linguistic fundaments than just being able to listen to it. As when you read a new word, you will immediatly understand how that word needs to be pronounced. However, there are many polyglot / language learning groups all over your country where you can speak and listen to native speakers. I use the same methodology and can communicate and listen to portuguese well, write individual words fluently and have a certain degree of fluency in writing complete stories. Basically they can understand me really well. This all, i did in 13 months time. My biggest flaw at the moment is verbs and past tense. I’m a Software Developer who performed terribly at school when it comes to langauges, i could not pass a french exam even if i studied hard for it. But with the right technique, persistency, dedication, everybody can make it happen. Don’t think that you can’t do it because you’re bad at languages. I’m bad at languages, i suck terribly and i can do it. So can you!