i speak superfluent french and live in paris, though it is not my native language. id recomment starting with those phrase books, and instruction books, and some tapes. Then, you should find a movie or a tape of a movie, a cassette, of a story that you know well, i recommend the little mermaid. then listen to the story... you have to know the english version very well too. then you can follow the story in French. that worked great for me. if you want to discuss further, you can pm me. also corresponding by email in french will help.