I've recently decided to teach myself Spanish. I have an interest in languages and also figure it might help with my career. I already speak German, but figured I would take on a language people actually speak in the United States. Are there any Spanish speakers with tips I might use? I'm trying to avoid paying money for a program, so I'm currently going through the Spanish Steps online program available through the BBC's website and occasionally listening to Solamente Pelota and XM Deportivo on my XM Radio. With listening, I'm starting to pick up some of the words by sound, do the degree where I can pick of the general gist of conversations from time to time (if I have an idea of the subject ahead of time). I realize the best way is to take a trip to a region or country that speaks the language.