Post # 1
I saw a mention of this in another thread and I was wondering if any of the Bees have used this software? What did you think of it?
For those who might have used something similar, any other recommendations? I’m looking to freshen up my foreign language skills and unfortunately I cannot find a class in my area. I don’t really have the money for rosetta stone but I’ve been asking libraries if they have it or something similar. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I’ve used Rosetta Stone on a couple different occasions because a friend of ours is a developer for them and he’s sent us discounted packages when we need them. I’ve used Spanish, French, and Latin. I think the software is really innovative and it’s a very intuitive way to learn a new language. It’s helped me both learn a new language and brush up on some skills in a language I already have experience in.
The software is somewhat expensive, but worth it, imo, if you really need to learn a language. If you are just doing it for fun, you can check out free internet software like ww.byki.com or http://www.freelanguage.org. Probably not going to get you fluent in a language quickly, but both of those websites will help you learn bits and pieces of a language or brush up on something you’re already familiar with.
Post # 4
We’ve used Rosetta Stone to learn French and I think it works well. We did run into a few little issues along the way, though. We were working on the “repeat” section where the program says a word and you have to repeat it. As long as you repeat it correctly, you move on. Well, we got to the word for car and no matter what we said, the program rejected. Both Fiance and I tried to repeat the word but it kept saying we were wrong. We ended up having to get on a video chat with FI’s business partner, who lives in France, so he could say the word correctly and we could move on. I swear to god he said it the exact same way we were saying it though for some reason the program hated us. It was pretty frustrating but we’ll never forget that “Voiture” means car in French.
Post # 5
I’ve heard good things about rosetta stone but I havent used it myself
Post # 6
I used Rosetta stone for German and I HATED it! I know three other languages so I thought it would be easy. I do not like how it teaches. It does not lay our grammar rules or answer questions that I felt arose from the method. I used it and spent two years in Germany and all I can say is the sky is blue and the key is in the shoe.
Post # 7
I’ve used it for French and Spanish and it worked well. I second the issues on the repeat section – I grew up speaking French all throughout school but then moved to Miami for about a decade. And apparently the combo of that plus being born a Southerner and an Adirondack upbringing made a lot of words hard for it to understand even though I had native speakers sitting with me who knew I had said it right. I think it picks up inflections too well.
Post # 9
Can you please tell them to develop one for Cantonese!!!! 😀
Post # 10
@Gerbera: Lol, I’ll pass it on, but my understanding is that one for Cantonese may already be in the works (it takes a couple years of development/testing before it actually comes out on the market). 🙂
Post # 11
I’ve been hearing that for a while now so hopefully that is true! It’s so frustrating because no one has a decent one for Cantonese out there. It’s SO different from Mandarin!
Post # 12
We are currently using Rosetta Stone to learn French and we really like it. My husband never took a language in high school (except Hebrew) and he has caught on really quickly. In just two weeks we already knew a lot of words. It is definitely a better way to learn a language than how they are taught in schools. If you can get Rosetta Stone I would definitely do it!