To buy or borrow?
My husband works for a Japanese based company, and I had the pleasure of going to visit Japan with him for a short while a few years back. Walking around a foreign country and not being able to communicate with or understand anyone was an eye opening experience for me. Even trying to order lunch was a challenge. And ordering my crazy and complicated Starbucks coffee was an absolute disaster. In a moment of Starbucks withdrawal, I promised myself that I would learn how to speak Japanese before I made another visit to the country.
I've gotten the itch to go back sometime in the near future, and I started looking around at some "teach yourself" software packages that are out there. I know someone who used Rosetta Stone and thought it was really effective, so I checked it out on Amazon.com and got sticker shock! It costs around $400+ to purchase the first three levels. Of course, I looked it up on WorldCat.org, and I suprisingly found that there are a few WorldCat libraries that actually hold this item. I also found several similar items that would work for me too, all owned by libraries just waiting to be borrowed. Next step is to see if anyone will interlibrary loan it to me!
I think I just got $400 closer to my next trip to Japan!