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What Does Bilingual Mean

Learn about becoming bilingual with Rosetta Stone.

by Rosetta Stone

By dictionary definition, bilingual means “a person fluent in two languages.”

However, the qualifications that define someone as bilingual varies from person to person, and is very subjective. The “eligibility” of being bilingual, and the determination of being fluent in a language, also varies greatly depending on who you talk to. So, what does bilingual really mean? In casual conversation, what many people mean when they say they are bilingual, or wish they were bilingual, or are trying to become bilingual, generically means they speak two languages or want to learn a second language.

With all that said, fluent or not, whether the language was learned as a child or as an adult, being able to speak a second language is an asset with immeasurable benefits regardless of any definition. These are a handful of the many benefits of knowing how to speak two languages:

  • expanded professional opportunities
  • increased brain power, and ability to stay mentally strong
  • improved ease of travel
  • ability to teach your children another language
  • appreciation of other cultures

Bilingual With Rosetta Stone

With 25 languages to choose from at Rosetta Stone, it may be hard to pick just one! Learning a second language is an appealing endeavor, but sometimes one met with hesitation. There are those who are concerned with the time commitment or cost involved. There are others who believe it will be harder to learn a new language as an adult. Set those common misconceptions aside. At Rosetta Stone, we make language learning convenient on your schedule at a fraction of the cost of a classroom course. And we’re happy to share that research suggests your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice regardless of age. With a trusted language learning program, and practice, it’s an achievable goal.

When you start off learning a new language, there are some helpful tips to consider which can make your journey even more enjoyable.

  • Set attainable goals.
  • Make a commitment to your language journey.
  • Make language learning part of your daily routine.
  • Immerse yourself in the language whenever possible.

At Rosetta Stone, we believe everyone has the ability to learn to read, write and speak a new language with confidence using our award-winning program. We have over 25 years of language learning experience and know which techniques work. With that expertise in hand, we have designed learning around a method called Dynamic Immersion®. With this method, you will learn vocabulary and phrases in the context in which they’re used in everyday conversations and be surrounded with words, images, and the voices of native speakers. This uses your own natural language-learning abilities to connect new language with meaning in the context of real-life. Additionally, Rosetta Stone embeds its TruAccent® speech recognition technology in every lesson to compare your voice to native speakers. You will receive real-time corrections based on the quality of your pronunciation, allowing you to make tweaks to perfect your accent.

With Rosetta Stone, you will be able to call yourself bilingual in no time!

Try Our Award-Winning App

Surround yourself with a language whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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