Yo, hipsters. It’s me Ziggy.
I’m living proof that it’s possible to learn a language by memorizing a phrasebook.
And it’s not hard at all.
All you need is a computer, a Spaced Repetition System like Anki (it’s free) and a digital phrasebook (i.e. a phrasebook with recorded audio files of each of the phrases so that your pronunciation is correct).
I blog about my progress once a week.