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On Grammar, Grandmothers, and Games

When I was studying French in Paris, my professor—call him Monsieur L.—would sometimes dolefully shake his head, stare out the window, and sigh, “Oh, grandmother.” I wasn’t sure why he appealed to his grandmother whenever the class struggled with a particularly difficult piece of grammar. I wasn’t even sure if he was petitioning his grandmother or grandmothers in general. I didn’t reflect on the matter at length; I was preoccupied learning conjugation tables. Two months later, the class was struggling through the subjunctive. Monsieur L. shook his head, pinched the bridge of his nose, and sighed, “Oh là là .…

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Bridging the Communication Gap

I’m on business quite frequently and happened to glance to the person across the aisle from me who was using Rosetta Stone interactive tutorial during the flight. We are in the middle of adopting a little girl from Guatemala and I saw this tool and was amazed. I have 2 boys ages 3 and 11 years of age and we are trying to provide tools for them to interact with the newest member of our family targeted to arrive sometime in the summer of 2008. Both my husband and I felt very strongly that both boys and ourselves should learn…

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Preventing History from Repeating Itself

I lived in Panama for 18 years. I was born there and left in 1973. When living in Panama most people were bilingual – English and Spanish. So I really didn’t learn the language other than the survival skills needed when going into the interior of Panama or to restaurants. For thirty years I did not even think about speaking Spanish. Two years ago I took my wife and daughter to visit Panama. At the airport, I inquired as to where to obtain tourist cards, thinking that the country was still predominately bi-lingual. The response to my question as to…

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Rosetta Stone City Guide | Milano

Davide Sonzogni is a Studio Coach with Rosetta Stone who hails from a beautiful city in northern Italy. I asked him about Milano, where he lived for 35 years, and he was happy to share his favorite places in that city. What is your hometown? My hometown is Milano, a city located in Lombardia, a region in the north of Italy. What is this region known for? Milano is the business capital of Italy. It is internationally recognized as one of the world’s fashion capitals. It is also renowned for industrial design and luxury furniture, among other things. Can you name…

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Rosetta Stone City Guide | Paris

Emma Neilsen, a Studio Coach manager with Rosetta Stone, was born and raised in Paris, France. As a native Parisian, she’s happy to share some of her favorite spots in the city. I asked her some questions, designed to give Francophiles a taste of the city as she knows it. What is your hometown? Paris, France How long did you live there? I was born and raised in Paris. I moved from Paris to the United States when I was 22. What is this region known for? Paris is known as the City of Light, and it is true. If…

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Brooklyn, Sweden

Photo by Sean Holmquest So as I continue my foray back into the Swedish language, I’ve gotten to the point where I pick up on conversations around me that happen to be in Swedish. For instance, I was in the Laundromat the other day, and while sitting there folding my clothes and reviewing my clothing vocabulary (byxor, T-tröja, strumpor, and more) the woman right next to me seemed to be having a very impassioned conversation in Swedish with her roommates (unless she lives with her parents, and then it was probably them). The next day as…

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There’s a Lot of Joy in a Little Bell Ring

I’m coming to French out of necessity. Sometime in the coming months I’m headed to Rwanda to work in a few refugee camps for the American Refugee Committee, and most people will tell you that French is a must in East Africa. With no time to waste, I ordered Rosetta Stone French Level 1. I popped open the yellow box, loaded the CD, and so far have been through 21 activities. My vocabulary is growing, but I’m learning other things along the way as well. Here are a few: 1. A leap of faith. Language learning starts at the simplest…

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Rosetta Stone Swedish – Getting Back to Swedish!

So where could you go to see people making cartoon faces and becoming mouth contortionists, all while trying to learn a language? Well, you could have traveled to my Swedish class as part of a study-abroad program in Stockholm in 2008, or you could visit my living room now. I recently launched into the Rosetta Stone Swedish program hoping to reclaim a lot of the language skills I lost upon leaving Stockholm. Immediately I found myself making silly faces while trying to pronounce the vowels y and ö. To a nonnative speaker, these vowels can cause some confusion as their…

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Expands our horizons

I have been a spanish learner nearly all my many years, but until i began studying spanish (Spain) 2 years ago i was always disappointed with my vocabulary. Within months of beginning Rosetta Stone and the studio sessions, my vocabulary improved tremendously and as a result i have been able to have more meaningful conversations with my spanish speaking friends around the globe! (more…)

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Ursuline High School Raises the Bar for Language Learning during Language Week

Located in in London, Ursuline High School prepares its students for life in our global society. Recognizing the integral part languages play in today’s world, the school holds an annual language week each year. Organized to coincide with the European Day of Languages, this year’s event was held September 24–28 to celebrate different cultures, focus on the enrichment language brings, and educate students and the wider school community about the importance of learning languages. In collaboration with Rosetta Stone, with whom Ursuline has partnered to offer students a wider variety of languages and more diverse study options, the school held…

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