Hi, I've always wanted to learn a little French. What's my first step? Does anybody have any experience with that Rosetta Stone thing (that thing's EXPENSIVE!)? Should I try to find a traditional course instead? My main goal is to learn the language for scholarly reasons -- I've always wanted to study some of Euler's original papers. I assume the French that was written in scientic papers in 1749 is a little bit different than the "where's the bathroom?" stuff I'd be learning. Ha. Any pointers?