Anyway, if you’re interested in why the stuff I teach (and use myself) encourages listening lots before speaking, have a look at this post from someone who has more experience than I do. Here’s James Asher’s website describing the method (and selling stuff for using it). If you want to give this kind of thing a try on your own, I can’t recommend Rosetta Stone software highly enough. Good thing, because the price is kind of high.
I was talking with a Peace Corps volunteer that did a few lessons with me almost a year ago-we were both saying how we still remembered how to say "die," and then we both acted it out like we did so long ago. Good for learning and good for a laugh, it doesn’t get any better than that!