There is already a question that asks for free resource for learning German. However, I would like to know what resources are good for learning German regardless of their cost.
The online sources I've tried so far are Tell Me More, LiveMocha, and Deutsche Welle. None of these resources have seemed to be ideal.
Tell Me More asks you questions early on that expect you to know vocabulary that the application has yet to introduce. This makes it quite difficult as I have to pull out flash cards for random words that they decide to use.
Deustch Welle doesn't really give any help for actually memorizing words and phrases. It seems proceed too rapidly through the language
I felt like I wasn't learning enough with LiveMocha.
I've looked into distance learning through the Goethe Institute, but I'm hesitant to spend a lot of money before I know if their courses are good. Traveling away from home isn't really an option at the moment and taking a class locally would be difficult because of work and distance from home.