One of the techniques I use to help with my Rosetta Stone lessons is watching Italian programming on RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana), a major television company that plays a lot of sitcoms and news shows from Italy. My first challenge was to get over the cultural differences between American and Italian TV. At first, watching the shows was extremely painful. To my American sensibility, the shows lacked sophistication and were beyond corny. Initially, I couldn’t understand much of what they were saying, but I know corn when I see it—and it was falling off the cob! There were many days…Read More
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When my fiancée and I decided on a trip to Italy for our honeymoon, I saw the perfect opportunity to surprise her. Why not try my hand at learning Italian? The price of the full Rosetta Stone program was intimidating, but they offered a six-month guarantee. I figured if I really learned a foreign language, the program was a value. (more…)Read More
One of the highlights of my summer was traveling to Portland, Oregon, and sharing ideas with university leaders about innovative strategies for language education. Another highlight came a day later, when I raced up and down Mount Hood in my Rosetta Stone uniform.
Each summer, academic-affairs officers from state colleges and universities hold a conference organized around a particular challenge facing their institutions. This summer’s conference was entitled “Course Re-Design: The Key to Institutional Transformation.”
Rosetta Stone was selected to be a title sponsor because of our leadership in educational technology. I was joined by two senior members of our Institutional Sales…Read More
With the release of Rosetta Stone ReFLEX in July, the Rosetta Stone team in Korea has been busy. In addition to welcoming new Rosetta Stone ReFLEX and Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe learners, the Korean staff has developed some entertaining advertisements. Although this ad is mostly in Korean, we invite our blog readers around the world to take a peek.
The commercial below depicts a young man who is tongue-tied at the prospect of speaking English in an elevator. After working with Rosetta Stone ReFLEX (sold exclusively in Korea), he’s able to converse with ease.
Tell us, can you relate to…Read More
I don’t have to think in english or gujarati (mother tongue) and translate into Arabic. It was a good foundation to learning a foreign language. Later on I got arabic dictionaries and grammar books and readers. I have learned a lot about arabian culture and I can converse with my arabic speaking patients.
Coquitlam, British Columbia
I’m the only one in my family withought the ability to speak perfect German. For fun, I took German in college and planned a trip to Germany in the winter with my class. I had only three months to speak German. Since I’m not the top in my class, I ordered Rosetta Stone. It was so addictive and fun, I couldn’t help but play it for hours everyday. A month later my German class is a breeze and I know more than enough to get around Germany if I ever get lost in my group. No more “Auf Englisch…Read More
In early 2011, Rosetta Stone opened its first “experience stores”—revolutionary, interactive environments, in retail settings, where consumers can test out our immersion method of language learning and our award-winning Rosetta Stone® Version 4 TOTALe® products. Over the past six months, we’ve opened in-line experience stores in three locations: Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia; Beverly Center in West Hollywood, California; and The Mall at Short Hills, in Short Hills, New Jersey. At each of our experience stores, as well as many of our kiosk locations throughout the United States, you can see, touch, and try our products in over…Read More
Rosetta Stone has been life-changing for me. With no background in Mandarin, I began three years ago with Level 1 and continue to enjoy every moment of my daily study. I also continue to be surprised at the programme’s incredibly clever layers of teaching, and the learning scope it provides. As well as reading the characters, I look forward to exploring their beautiful world, through writing them and learning their history and full meaning.
I meet many Chinese and Malaysian visitors to New Zealand through my work. They always understand me and are delighted that I can speak to them…Read More
When I read the comments to my post about an encounter I had in a California church, I was surprised by how many people asked, “What does it take to learn a new language?” Inquirers like Angel, Luckna, and others wanted to know what really “works.” I’ve thought about what it takes to learn a new language, and in my experience, here’s what you need:
Good resources. Having a programme like Rosetta Stone is a great start, and you can learn with it alone. I recommend that you also tune in to other feeds if you can; radio,…Read More
My recent video answering the question “Why are some languages so complicated?” sparked a great discussion among some of our readers—and it raised some good questions. I thought I’d reply to a few of those questions in an attempt to dispel a few common myths about language.
First, the idea of complexity in language is a matter subject to intense debate among linguists. Chinese, for example, is very simple in the structure of its words, but extraordinarily complex when you consider its tonal system or the fact that speakers must use other means of indicating what part of…Read More