What time is it? Ask the Verbarius clock, and in a very human-like manner, you'll get a different answer each time--though the right one every time: it's either forty-five minutes past four, or fifteen minutes to five, or four forty-five, or a quarter to five.
English, German, Spanish, French and Russian are built-in available languages, with anything from Latin to Gaelic available via USB connection from your computer. Perhaps this could help you learn French, in addition to those podcasts, before you make that trip to Paris?
We love that the clock doesn't take itself too seriously, either, as the button for changing the language is the one on the right.
The only drawback is that the next availability for the Verbarius is 8 months from now, in November of 2007. The Verbarius will set you back 4450 rubles. (that's about $158.25 US for those of you without the conversion ability off the top of your head...yeah...rubles...).