Rosetta Stone Language Programs

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Rosetta Stone - have you used it?

Sept 2010

My 15 yo son wants to learn Hebrew. He knows a little. Rather then hire a tutor he told me about a computer program called Rosetta Stone language programs. Does anyone know about these? He saw it advertised on TV. It's not cheap, so I'd like to get more info before investing. Thanks for any info. june

As someone who never studied French before, I borrowed a friend's French language Rosetta stone before I visited Paris last year. I found the program creative and helpful. It uses repetition of matching pictures and sounds which, at times, you repeat back and it breaks down the learning into small chunks. It requires a computer with microphone to allow you to hear whether you are pronouncing the words correctly. All in all I found that my recall of knowledge and pronunciation was better than just taking a formal class, and I only had time to use it for a couple weeks. The down side is that it is self directed like any other computer language programs and thus it requires a motivated student. On the other hand, a 15 yr old might like the game like feel. Hope that helps Jeanne
My husband has been using the Rosetta Stone (for Spanish) for the past year. He started from knowing no Spanish at all to being able to read and converse now. He spends probably 5 hrs/wk using the Rosetta Stone software. Sometimes more, sometimes less. He absolutely LOVES it. Recommends it to everyone. It teaches language the way a child would learn it and is fun as well as educational. When my husband started using R.S., he didn't know how he would like it, so he's just been buying each level individually. And yes, it's pretty expensive. He's on level 4 now and really regrets not buying a package deal. If you buy all the disks at the beginning, you save a ton of money. But, of course, you need to be pretty committed to learning the language. Amy
my daughter used the rosetta stone three years ago to learn a new language. the program was boring, she learned very little, and we were not impressed. at the time she was at hickman charter school in berkeley so we didn't have to pay for the software. if we did, we would have been very disappointed. here's a review anon
I've been using Rosetta Stone for Spanish for the past few weeks, and I've been happy with it. You learn by looking at photos while listening to one of several native speakers talk. You also practice speaking and writing. There seems to be a lot of review built in, which I like. Jennifer

Rosetta Stone Language Programs for teens?

April 2008

Hello - both my kids and I are interested in learning a new language (for my daughter, Latin, for my son and I, French) and we're wondering if anyone has used the Rosetta Stone DVDs and, if so, what your experience has been with the program. It is quite expensive and we're wondering if this is a good way to go. The kids are 15 and 13 and foreign language is not available where they currently attend school. If anyone is interested in sharing one of these language programs, that might be a good way to reduce the expense (The first level is $300, second level is $400, and all three levels in one package sell for $500). Merci! Future polyglots

Rosetta Stone doesn't advertise it, but you can buy a trial CD for $25 - or at least this was the case in the past. Call them and ask about it- it includes the first 20 or so lessons, which should give you a sense of whether this learning approach will work for you.

Their approach is definitely not for every one - it's very experiential, supposedly mimicking the way a child learns, and if you need to have grammar structure and rules laid out for you to understand it better, it may drive you crazy. And if you decide you like it, you may be able to get a better deal on eBay or Craigslist.

I LOVE Rosetta Stone, and feel it's a wonderful way to learn a language. Kids especially should enjoy it, because it turns learning into a game. The downside is the expense - I bought an Italian level for a friend as a gift for hosting us for a week in Boston; it was a huge chunk of change, but a terrific gift for an opera buff.

As long as the language being learned is written in an alphabet that can be understood by the learner, Rosetta Stone is fantastic. If you're learning hebrew, arabic or chinese from scratch, don't expect to learn how to read the language - I think the instruction isn't set up to teach how the characters are read. If you DO have a basic knowledge of the pronunciation of characters, you can even practice your spelling with Rosetta Stone.

Here's the unbelievably wonderful news for language learners: as members of the Berkeley Public Library, you have FREE access to most languages courses taught by Rosetta Stone, but only till July 31, 2008. Go to the Berkeley Public Library website and Select ''Online resources'', and see ''Language Learning''. Another reason to love our wonderful city -the Berkeley Public Library takes such terrific care of us!! Kate S

To those interested in language learning with Rosetta Stone: sadly the Berkeley Public Library will no longer provide access to this after June 30th, because the Rosetta Stone company will no longer sell to libraries. Also, the website for your other BPL needs is a librarian

Interested in Rosetta Stone - have you tried it?

Aug 2006

Has anyone tried one of the Rosetta Stone software programs that you can use to learn a foreign language? I've seen ads in magazines, but would love to hear from people that have actually tried it. I'd love to learn Spanish (in my ''free time''), and my son is interested in learning Japanese Diane

If you're a Berkeley Public Library cardholder, you can access Rosetta Stone Software online, for free! As I recall it's not immediately obvious, but it's under online resources, or electronic resources. There are lots of other cool things that the library is licensed to provide access to for cardholders, like full text article retrieval from many publications, so it's fun to browse while you're looking for language learning resources. I haven't used the system myself, but as you've discovered Rosetta Stone is highly regarded as a self study method (and very pricey to boot). Good luck in your quest! Public Library Enthusiast
We've been using Rosetta Stone Software for about 6 months. I'm sprucing up my high school French and my homeschooled son is learning it for the first time. He's ten years old and finds it fun and easy to learn. We use the ''Homeschool'' version. It comes with extra workbooks for reinforcement, a suggested schedule and a way for you to keep track of how your son is improving. And when I had some questions about setting up the program, I received great support over the phone. I would recommend that you check out the website It has a great demo version that will really show you what it's like. Good luck Ruth