Anyone tried Rosetta Stone? Did it work?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: I tried Rosetta Stone and...
    It did not work : (3 votes)
    20 %
    It worked : (5 votes)
    33 %
    Other (please explain) : (7 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    ive used rosetta stone for spanish. it works…sorta. u definitely learn words, and sentences even, and the visuals are very helpful for memorization of words ur learning. its just limited. i mean, u cant become so fluent that u could literally go to a country and start conversating. it doesnt teach you grammer rules. thats why on the commercial they say “without being dropped in a foreign country and left up to my own devices, rosetta stone is the best way.” My years in college spanish was miles better, and even still im nowhere near able to conversate in spanish.

    Post # 4
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am desperate to do Rosetta stone to learn spanish (I just need to figure out how DH getting it for free through the Army can be turned around to benefit me). Many many years ago, my ex-boyfriend and I were bored one day so we logged into the Army server and started doing Rosetta stone Welsh. No joke, we “played” Rosetta stone Welsh for like an hour, max, and I STILL remember everything we learned. So if your brain works that way (it’s a pretty unique method), it’s a stellar way of learning a language. I mean I learned a bunch of Welsh in one hour and still remember it 5+ years later. That’s pretty awesome.

    Post # 5
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted other because it works to give you a strong foundation of vocabulary, but it will not give you fluency. I think it would be great to do before starting a traditional language course or before traveling to a French speaking area. 

    Post # 6
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I took several years of Spanish in high school, and tried RS last year. I’m about halfway through the program, and most if it is review of vocab and pronunciation so far. I’m using it more as a hobby, but I don’t think I’d recommend it for someone in your situation hoping to learn it for job purposes. Unless maybe you supplemented with a class or language club?

    Post # 7
    8503 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve tried it out a little bit but it’s not the way I prefer to learn languages.  I’ve taken french and german and I’ve done reading-level for about 4-5 others.  I always prefer traditional methods because I like learning grammar and verb formations from the beginning.  It’s always worked for me.

    I also only did the very beginning of RS so I have no idea what the more advanced lessons are like.

    Post # 9
    4367 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have it for Spanish and hope to use it more when I finish grad school. I found it to be pretty basic in the first couple of exercises… But I have taken a lot of Spanish in my lifetime. I find listening to Pimsleur (sp?) in my car has helped a lot. I also listen to a lot of Spanish music.

    Post # 10
    5909 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @MrsPanda99:  Rosetta Stone does actually work, but a lot of people do not use everything that their subscription includes, the main point being on line sessions with native speakers to help refine and tune your skills….at the very least, using the program in its entirety is a jump start to being fluent.

    Post # 11
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @MrsPanda99:  I started using the French program for Rosetta Stone and can say yes it works provided that you keep up with it. I found myself learning words pretty quickly and was having beginner conversations with a co-worker that spoke French. I would highly recommend giving it a try.

    My DH tried the Japanese program and even I still remember words and phrases that I overheard from the other room! They drill it in your head.

    Post # 12
    4760 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I feel like it’ll only teach you a very limited vocabulary.  How many times am I going to learn “The boys jump?”

    It’s ok to gain some bg in a language but I don’t think you stand a chance using it professinally after having finished it.

    Post # 13
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I think it sort of depends on your preferred learning style and dedication. I have a background in linguistics and speak 3 languages; I have a goal set for myself to learn a new language every 10 years. The first one, english, I was fortunate enough to learn without much effort. HAHA! The second one I legit studied for 8 years, it was my major even, and I still don’t feel fluent. Once we hit puberty, learning a language become so much more difficult. I used rosetta stone for my third language, arabic. I hated it at first. I don’t know if I was being a language snob or what, but I couldn’t stand the way it was presented. It got better once I just got over the fact that it didn’t teach language the way I thought it should be taught; that’s why I don’t have a very successful language program. LOL! 

    The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. If you can’t go to France, watch everything in French. Read things in French. Think in French. Even if you can’t do it perfectly, try! If you don’t know something look it up, but refrain from looking up every other word. That’s a waste of time. Also, to truly commit something to memory, especially in another language, it helps to repeat it three times.

    Post # 15
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    we used it in school, for our language courses. it does work if you spend the time to do all the work, but it’s a LOT of money.

    could you see if a local college offers a french course? it might be better than the rosetta stone. i know our local community college offers french, spanish, and latin courses.

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