Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process landed on "a pretty damn good method for language learning that you can do in limited amounts of spare time." Here's the four-step method that you can use, too (and you don't have to invest hundreds in a language course like Rosetta Stone).
Schottenfreude - The German language's ability to express the inexpressible--and its capacity to form elaborate new compounds--explains why so many German "loan words" have been embraced in German. ... A selection of proposed new German words for the human condition. - NYTimes.com