Has anyone here used Rosetta Stone or have any feedback on it? I think I want to try it. I took Spanish in school from 5th grade through college and I really liked it. I did well in it but by not using it since college, I have forgotten so much of it and I really want to get it back. I would love to be fluent in Spanish. I know they say that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the language (ie, live somewhere where it is spoken), but I just don't have the time to do that. Any feedback on Rosetta Stone or info on a better way to learn, keeping in mind that I have some sort of a foundation; I just have to dust it off.
Jul 2nd, 2009, 03:35 AM
I use it for Spanish. I took a course in college before and that really seems to help understand some of the concepts as there is no translation in the program.
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:42 PM
I have Rosetta Stone and purchased it to brush up on my language skills and become more fluent. I'm still going through the first volume, but so far, I like it. It is an immersion-based program, so there is no translation and no grammar explanation. You can tailor the program to meet your goals (more emphasis on speaking vs. more emphasis on reading/writing).
The only drawbacks I see so far is the price and that the speech recognition software can be a little dodgy at times (but that could just be due to the cheap headset that comes with the software).
I've recently read a lot of great reviews for the Tell Me More software, which is cheaper than Rosetta Stone and offers many more hours/volumes of learning, so you might want to compare the two before you buy Rosetta Stone.
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:06 PM
I'll give you a pointer.
Don't buy Rosetta stone. Instead buy an iTouch or iPhone and then buy every Spanish application you can find on the thing.
If you have any issues with it then there are 20 other languages you can try to learn for less than 20 bucks and you still would have paid less than Rosetta Stone in the long run.
I have issues learnng new languages as well but I did take Spanish in high school.
I forgot most of it BUT after downloading a few Spanish application on the iTouch, it all came back to me.
Right now I'm learning some russian and I've gotten so good with Spanish I can translate Russian into Spanish.
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:33 PM
Never used it and it looks like you want to buy something/have a nice program, but if you do want to brush up on the cheap, you can go to public library and get the CD sets they have there. Try a few - even the ones you might not like are actually very helpful. I have done that and it helped a lot before trips I've made.