Rosetta Stone

Be Willing to Say “Huh?”

Nodding my head and saying, “Ja bitte,”—yes, please—is my default. It seems to me that smiling, nodding, saying “Ja, ja,” and then, if the conversation continues, adding “Genau,” (literally meaning…

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Rosetta Stone

Going Beyond the Guidebook

My guidebook and I are on the outs. So far, in my current location of Estelí, Nicaragua, it has provided me with bad directions to a hostel, two restaurants, a…

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Rosetta Stone

What do we think about in-country language learning?

Some days ago, I was cornered by a New York sophisticate who wanted to challenge me on Rosetta Stone’s efficacy. He cut right to the chase: “All right, so… does…

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