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Rosetta Stone?


Has anyone out there used this program for language learning?

As well, do any of you guys/gals out there reccomend a different self-study course that I can use?

Thanks in advance,



First choice for learning a language is going to a place where it's spoken -take any textbook with you. It's the quickest way I can think of. Obviously no use if you can't spare the time/cash - but its a seriously overlooked option


That's part of the plan. I might be moving to Central America for a year or two in about 6 months so I was looking for a good program to give me a grounding before I'm knee deep!



I work for a school district uses Rosetta Stone. Haven't had the chance to check it out. But from what I heard, it's a good program.


It's ok, but even at "Level III" it isn't very advanced.


i have some pimsleur stuff, i havent gone through it all, but it seems good

you can get it from torrentbox.com if someone is seeding it

just get a bit torrent downloader like ABC or something


They have a free trial on the site, and it seems like a really awesome program. I know I took French for about nine years, and I've forgotten almost everything, but this seems like something that would really hammer it into your head the proper way.


It's one of the best out there....put it this way it's open to all of us in the army. real easy to use and well set up, at least the one we have


Bumping this old thread.

Any idea if it is good for my second grader?

She really wants to learn some Spanish.


I like berlitz or pimsleur better.

For a second grader, however, it's probably a better choice... it concentrates on identification by sight, with little emphasis on grammar. Kudos on having a second grader looking to speak a foreign language, and kudos on supporting her in it!

PM me if you want a "discount" on the software.


It's worth a try. Most of the lessons are fairly basic at first and use pictures and sound instead of tons and tons of text.


I second the Pimsleur series. It got my Japanese to a decent speaking level. But it won't teach you how to read or write the language.


Mail her to Mexico.


I actually used RS to learn Chinese (long story). It's a pretty good tool - better than most systems out there.

But as someone mentioned, nothing is better than going to the country (or to a Chinese restaurant in my case).


You really wanted to be sure they prepared your General Tso's chicken just right, eh CW?


I teach a FLang and I really like Rosetta Stone, haven't tried the other one mentioned.

But if Nephorm vouches for it, I trust his opinion.


Ni sho putongwa hai shi guandong wan?


Woah, woah, I don't vouch for it for adult education. Adults learn language differently than do children (which, of course, you already know). Adults are able to learn the logical rules of grammar and use intelligence apprehend the language. Rosetta Stone is not very grammar focused, but I'm sure it provides a solid beginner's vocabulary; I could also see it being useful for an adult who can't stand grammar, can't attend classes, or wants to get some basics under his or her belt. As with any self-study system, it is, at best, an incomplete system.

Edit: Duh, just realized you were talking about Pimsleur as being the one I vouched for.

Pimsleur is what it is... it teaches you basic conjugation and how to engage in simple conversations in the language. It would probably be boring for a child who isn't highly motivated.


And since when have people started trusting my opinion?

First sign of the apocalypse.


I learned Chinese in China on the streets at first. Rosetta Stone is good for learning symbols (in Chinese anyway). Pimsleur is also good if you use it to drive to work in the car. The best thing to do (if possible) is try to find someone that speaks the language you want to learn that wants to learn English. Between the two of you, you will both learn.