Originally Posted by slideways
The best method other than living in a Spanish speaking country to learn Spanish is the Rosetta Stone Spanish Speaking CD's.
The more Spanish you know the better your experience south of the border will be.
I second that. Traveling by myself without knowing hardly any Spanish made me feel isolated, even in crowds. A weeks worth in Guatemala last winter really helped, but next trip I'm doing the emersion route for two or three weeks.
"In order for one person to get a thing without paying for it, another person must pay for that thing without getting it"
The other 10% are sociopaths , serial killers and KLR riders. You wont get much sympathy from them.