Paul, I'm not sure how much progress you've made in your effort to learn French, but I'd like to chime in. I think one big question to ask is What do you want to focus on? Speaking/Listening? Reading/Writing? All of the above? Your answer will then define your resources a bit. I purchased the Rosetta Stone software, and it truly works. However, in order to make it work, you must be willing to devote much time to it--not to mention devoting much money to it as well.
There are free language-learning ways that I endorse. For more focused information, you can check out my hub on learning French on the cheap. But I suggest finding a basic book/website that goes over the basics--subjects, verbs, tenses. As equally important, I suggest finding a source that gives accurate pointers in pronunciation. I also have a hub for that.
Once the structural and phonetic foundation is established, I suggest finding some children's books or DVDs to try to piece together the meanings. Use a dictionary or wordreference.com as a guide to learning new words. Realize, though, it is a process that takes a bit of time. If you have any more questions about French, let me know. I'm licensed to teach it and would be happy to develop some hubs to help you in your admirable quest. Bonne chance!