Between high school and college I have four years of Spanish under my belt. However, the only sentence I still know how to say is “Tu madre es una mujer cabra.” Roughly translated, it means “Your mother is a goat woman.” I do not think that is going to get me very far in international relations.
I am not necessarily needing to learn Spanish again, though I won’t rule it out. But I would like to learn to have a conversation it at least one foreign language. An acceptable substitute would be sign language. I picked up a little bit when I was in college because I wanted to communicate with a deaf pledge brother. I also had a friend who is in an interpreter teach me how to sign “Hello. How are you today? I think you are beautiful. Let’s go make out.” So far, it has not worked.
Regardless of my past failures, I want to pick a language, learn to carry on a decent conversation and then be able to use those skills to either travel to a country where the language is used or at least a part of town. I have not decided if I will take lessons, use Rosetta Stone or use some other method so I am willing to listen to what worked for you.