I took a language class in high school to learn Japanese, and with in the first two months of class the teacher told me I would never learn Japanese, and was incapable of learning any other language. Frankly, I had thought she was right until last month. I'm glad I never gave up trying!
In high school the teacher had us repeat a word written on the board over and over again, with it's translation written out next to it. Most language kits teach you to recognize a word by showing it's translation or a image the word describes and then has you try to pronounce it. This then repeats several times. None of these worked for me, and I truly felt like I was a very stupid person because of it, despite the fact that I'm fairly smart, doing advanced maths in my head without error scoring well SAT- and IQ-wise.
Then I read about the Pimsleur Method on one of the obscure tech sites I frequent where a user posted that he couldn't understand some of his colleagues because they didn't speak English and he had been unable to learn any other language. I could sympathize right away. Then, another user posted that he had the same problem until he used the Pimsleur Method.
I thought to myself, "What harm could it do to try one more time?" So off to the search bar I went. Sure enough, Bing turned up several entries, including this one for just $20. I bought mine used, just to save a little more money, however.
I have to say the Pimsleur Method is without doubt the best way to learn to speak a language. As I mentioned, I've gone through tthousands of dollars worth of software and language kits, often borrowed from friends and families to try it out first, including Rosetta Stone, desperately trying to learn another language. None of them even compare to this method. It works by forcing you to try and figure out what you're supposed to say, the same way children learn their first language. No tedious, mindless, brain-melts-and-leaks-out-your-ears repetition. Just a natural sort of flow. I did the first 30 minute lesson, and 5 days later could still recall fairly well that whole lesson. Never before had I been able to retain a language I was trying to learn. I was jumping for joy because it works!
This "Quick and Simple" set is the first 10 lessons of the Level 1 Japanese course. You're supposed to do 1 lesson each day for 10 days, in succession, so as to build upon the natural retention of the human brain. So, don't skip a day, or you might not learn it as quickly. This will give you a very small ability to have a general conversation with someone in Japanese. There's a Basic course which will let you get by in Japanese though you may have trouble sometimes, a Conversational course which is geared a bit more thorough, I guess, and the Comprehensive course which teaches the entire language. There are another 2 levels of the Comprehensive course, each course being more advanced. I can't find any information on any other levels of the Basic or Conversational courses, so I'll be buying the Comprehensive set soon.
I just hope I see that teacher again someday, so I can tell her off in the language she said I'd never learn. Hah!