The U.S. Army has made Rosetta Stone available for it’s soldiers for years. During my second tour in Iraq in 2005-2006, I was looking through the Army website and found the program. We were immersed within the culture on a daily basis and we frequently interacted with the civilian population. We had interpreters but their knowledge of the English language wasn’t always 100%. So I made it a goal for myself to spend at least one hour every day working with the Rosetta Stone’s Arabic program in order to be able to learn at least basic conversation…Read More
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We here at Mercy Ships have used your French lessons to prepare our team leaders for traveling to war torn African nations. The violence in Africa requires us to quickly change our planned destinations for safer ones. This short time frame means that we must train our volunteer crew to learn new languages rather than waiting for appropriately skilled crew to volunteer their services for a year or more.
As we looked at the next 3 years, we saw our hospital ship and its 400 crew serving in French speaking African countries, with only 2-3 French speaking crew….Read More
We’re excited to bring our Facebook fans something fun and fanciful for Valentine’s Day: our first Facebook app! Send a Valentine’s Day greeting to any of your Facebook friends in one of seven languages, plus add a gift to post on their wall. The purpose of the app isn’t to teach you a language; instead, it’s a tool that lets our fans have fun with a new language (and possibly get a date!).
So feel free to send a Rosetta Stone Valentine’s Day greeting to…Read More
Ciao! I purchased Rosetta Stone Italian Levels 1 & 2 a couple of months ago. I’ve been hearing good things about Rosetta Stone for a long time and decided to give it a try. I always wanted to learn Italian just because it’s such a beautiful language and I would like to go to Italy one day. I think Rosetta Stone is the only program anyone should use to learn a new language. Sometimes I will go into Barnes and Nobles and think about getting an additional Italian dictionary or Idiots guide but when I look through…Read More
I can honestly say that by the time the Rosetta Stone software was loaded on the computers, I was exhausted. I was also unsure of how the language-learning project would be received, and was anxious when it was finally time to teach the program.
One night after returning from a long day of construction, I returned to Tshulu Camp where I was staying and where the computers were. The first computer was up and running with the program and I was anxious for someone to try it. It turned out that many people were also anxious to use it. That…Read More
I’m a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. I’ve studied a variety of foreign languages for years, and have self-taught myself a few of them, but I have never seen, and am not aware of, any other language course with such a dynamic and rapid approach to language learning. It’s the only language learning regime I know of that teaches language in a “First Language Acquisition” fashion. Every other course I’m familiar with, which is quite a few, teaches in a “Second Language Acquisition” fashion. I finished all…Read More
Growing up bilingual, I was aware from a young age of “false friends.” Not the kind who borrow money and never pay you back, but words that look or sound like each other across languages but mean very different things. I’ve always had to keep an eye open for them and have had to constantly remind myself to distrust apparent similarities. One memorable example would be the word gift, which occurs in English and German. In English, it’s a present, something nice to be given to a friend. In German, well, it’s not something you’d want to give to…Read More
I was really surprised how easy learning another language was. I took a couple years of Spanish in college, but never really got very far with it. It wasn’t until I became engaged that I knew I HAD to learn it! My in-laws speak Spanish. I would sit on the outside of family gatherings wondering what was going on. I am still in the process of learning this new language, but I’m now a member of the family! It’s great. Thank you so much Rosetta Stone!
I’d like to express my thanks to the countless individuals—both locally hired and volunteers—who provided invaluable help in designing and constructing the Makuya Empowered Voices Resource Center. In particular, appreciation goes out to:
Paul Marias, eco-architect and know-everything man who aided in designing the center; provided construction guidance; transported me on multiple days to pick up 10 computers from customs in Joburg, provided Linux software and essential computer knowledge, and had a general personal investment in the project that pushed me through the rough spots.
Fhatuwani Makuya, the local Tshulu Trust volunteer manager who provided moral support and local knowledge, without…Read More
I work for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. Every summer we are inundated with large numbers of tour groups visiting us from Brazil. These groups generally consist of 100 or more teenagers and a couple of very harried tour guides. While we do have cast members who speak Portuguese – we sponsor a cultural exchange program for Brazilian students – the number of cast members who speak Portuguese is very low. In order to be a more effective Leader, both for our guests from Brazil and for our Brazilian…Read More