In light of the interest in foreign language instruction - and realizing there is no substitute for in person instruction - here's a new free service that offers foroeihn language instruction.
Mandarin, Russian, Italisn - and even Pig Latin are some of the offerings. I tried it; it's fun, and an easy way to introduce yourself or a child to the wonders of language, and an introduction to other cultures.
Here's the wonderful BBC foreign language instruction website
Finally, a very interesting website that aggregates free foreign language instruction for many common, and not-so-common languages...