(Closed) Has Anyone Used Rosetta Stone?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I used it and lived in Germany for 2 years…I still don’t know German. I hated it! For the record I am fluent in 3 other languages, but Rosetta didn’t work with how I learn them. If you learn by just listening then it could work, but if you have questions or want grammar rules and a deeper understanding of why there are certain constructions, then I don’t suggest spending the money.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Nope, but I’ve heard great things about it. I wanted to get it for Hindi, but I don’t want to spend that much money. I think the only negatives I’ve heard is that (at least with some languages) sometimes the more “proper” words are taught which aren’t always used in everyday language. But I’m not sure to what extent. I think overall it is supposed to be a great language tool!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve wondered about this too!  It’s so expensive but I’ve heard such good things about it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was trying to learn French too, and need to pick it up again when I move.  But before when I was trying I used rocket french.  You can download it online for like 60 bucks I think, and then you can download the lessons on your ipod and listen in your car.  I was doing that before and it worked great! Then the thing that connects the ipod to my car broke 🙁  But anyway…. bonne chance!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My partner bought me the Spanish Rosetta Stone in October 2008, the same week I started grad school! Sadly, almost two years later I still haven’t used it!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used it to learn Portuguese and got almost all the way through the second box. It helped me being able to understand what people were saying, but isn’t so great for conversational skills. I felt like I needed to have someone on my level to practice with, since I couldn’t come up with the words for normal conversation.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Part of Rosetta Stone “packages” now comes with the ability to converse with a native speaker. I’m not exactly sure how that works but its a cool feature!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hey!

I recently moved to quebec for my fiances job, hes totally biligual, but I am not, at all, english only! So I ordered rosetta stone french (the 5 disc set).  I just finished the first disc, which took about 2 months, I didn’t do it very often, maybe an hour a day, sometimes not at all (i was pretty lazy).  Anyways, point is, I can go out and do basic things, like order food, and piece together some what recognizable sentences.  So I’m very happy with the results for the amount of work I put in.

The way you “talk to a native speaker” is you can get a head set and the program will get you to say something and it will tell you how are you doing, (pronounciation wise) and some screens will start with someone else talking, then its your turn (it will tell you what to say).

The downside I would say is that it gets repetitive when you’re almost done a lesson because you know what all the pictures mean/which words go with it.

Anyways, I would really recommend it for going at your own speed.

Hope that helped! If you have any questions just ask!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My husband used it for Turkish (my native language) so he could speak a few words with my parents. I think he initially found it helpful but because he didn’t practice afterwards, he forgot most of it.

I got the French version to build on my college French 101. I did the first class…and then we got engaged, and then I found WeddingBee. Rest is history. If I can only quit my addiction to wedding stuff I intend to go back.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it really depends on the language and if you have any familiarity with it. My Fiance got me the Russian version and I’m still finding it really difficult, mainly because Russian is a hard language! I think with Romance languages (French, Spanish, etc) it might be a little easier, especially if you have some experience in that language or a similar language.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I used it for Turkish.  I think it would have worked if I did it twice a day everyday and you must repeat what they say, one thing is if you think you’re saying a word correctly and you’re not, then you don’t have someone there to correct you..  I definitely think spanish and italian would be easier to learn with rosetta.  Before I began, I had experience with spanish and latin.  After, I’ve learned some italian.  Turkish is so very different from them and they were definitely easier to learn b/c they were with an instructor.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I’ve tried it.  I don’t think it’s good for actually learning a language because it doesn’t show you the translation.  So yes, you learn how to describe the picture of a woman eating soup, but you don’t know for sure if you’re saying she’s eating soup, the woman is eating soup, the girl is eating soup, i’m looking at her eating soup…etc.  Good if you want to learn how to say milk and bike, but not actually conversing.  You can do a couple lessons for free on their website I believe.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m a language teacher, so Rosetta Stone is my arch enemy (JK!) It uses a method similar to what the military used during WWII. It’s emphasizes pronunciation and fluency. So if you want to sound like a native in X language, in sure…it will help. Plus, all the new interactive features such as matching your tone, sound, and accent to a native speakers’ is very cool.

But for grammatical learning, even sentence structure…Rosetta Stone blows. Learning a language doesn’t come naturally to everyone as Rosetta Stone lets on. Some people need explicit explanation and Rosetta Stone definitely doesn’t do that.

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