English is shaping up to be the 21st century's dominant language, but an edge still goes to entrepreneurs who can sprechen some Deutsch . . . or Chinese . . . or Tagalog. Pick up those skills on your own schedule with audiotapes.
The Pimsleur Language Learning System (http://www.4iq.com/pimsleur1.htm, 800-275-6940) teaches everything from Haitian Creole to Arabic and Russian. Short courses are $149, longer courses cost $345. The Web site offers a free taste of the Pimsleur technique--Lesson 1 of the Japanese tapes can be downloaded and listened to with the Real Audio player. (You can use a link at the site to get it.)