Rosetta's stone
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Barbara Baldi  Identity Verified
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Mar 26, 2010

Hello
does anybody have experience with this software and can tell me if it is efficient?
Thank you
Barbara


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Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
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The language-learning software? Mar 26, 2010

If you mean the language program, then yes, it is excellent.
Even though I have only checked it briefly, so I can't speak for myself, my mom (at 50!) learned German from zero to an acceptable and correct conversational level in five months - of course, with a lot of diligence, other grammar books and dictionaries.

Personally, I find the software very entertaining, excitingly interactive. From what I've seen and read, its technique is based on natural learning skills (associating images with words, sounds with written letters etc.).

I highly recommend it for learning new languages for conversational purposes (it's a bit pricey, though).


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Karol Kacprzak  Identity Verified
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I like it Mar 26, 2010

I only tried it briefly as Annamaria, however, I also found it very entartaining. I tried with Russian and I still remember the words I covered in a few first lessons. It was boring sometimes to repeat the simplest words all over again in the next excercises, but it's been like a year now and I haven't forgotten any of them, so there must be something to it (I remember the images too!)

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
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Good report Mar 28, 2010

Although I haven't used it myself, some of our students have found it excellent. Its quite expensive, but they say its worth the money. For beginners starting from zero, to a beginner-intermediate level, I understand.

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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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I wrote a review of it Mar 29, 2010

in the current issue of The Chronicle, the journal of the ATA. I'll post it to my website when I get a free moment. But basically, I liked it. I also reviewed Pimsleur, which is quite different, and useful also. Both are for elementary language learning. Their claims that you can 'learn a language" in two weeks, or whatever, are of course nonsense.

Susan


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Barbara Baldi  Identity Verified
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First of all THANK YOU Mar 30, 2010

to everybody for the comments. I have heard of this program in the years but I really needed a professional feedback. Sounds like I HAVE to buy it : )) Of course I don't expect miracles in 2 weeks but if I could let's say learn Bulgarian in 6 months (at least the grammar and some vocab) I would be more than delighted...
Susan I'd be very thankful if you could let me have your like, of course there is no rush.
Thanks again.
Barbara


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Barbara Baldi  Identity Verified
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Oh and another question: Mar 30, 2010

would you say the methos is similar to the one used by Assimil?
Thank you for your patience
Barbara


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David Russi  Identity Verified
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Review of tRosetta Stone and Pimsleur in the current issue of ATA Chronicle Mar 31, 2010

Language Self-Instruction: Choosing Between Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur
By Susan Welsh
Both Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur are effective tools for learning a language at an elementary level. Both claim to mimic the way a child learns his or her own language—but don’t count on it.


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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Review of Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur Apr 15, 2010

I finally managed to post my review on my website, but cannot figure out how to put it on my Proz profile. The URL is:
http://ssw-translation.com/ATA_Pimsleur-Rosetta.shtml
Good luck!
Susan


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Barbara Baldi  Identity Verified
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!! Apr 18, 2010

Susan, your article is just precious! I will be reading and retaining every word of it. This is really what I needed: an expert's point of view.
Just sorry fot this delayed reply.
All the best,
Barbara


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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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changed link to Rosetta Stone review article May 1, 2010

Sorry, I changed the name of the html file and neglected to change it here. The correct URL is now:
http://ssw-translation.com/ATA_Chronicle_Pimsleur_vs_Rosetta_Stone.shtml


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Andrea Piu  Identity Verified
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FSI Language Courses website Jan 1, 2011

I think there are better resources out there. For example, you can check the FSI website: http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php
Here you can find tons of audio files and course-books and they are free of charge, since the materials are in public domain. They are probably a bit outdated, as they were used by diplomats to improve their language skills in the 60s and 70s, but I think that a massive repetition practice and various grammar, vocabulary and substitution drills are the right way to the path of proficiency (at least, regarding the "oral" skills).


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Richard Marzan  Identity Verified
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Rosetta Stone - The best resource I've ever used Jan 2, 2011

I have been using Rosetta Stone for about 2-3 years to teach others. I have the classroom edition - it's the version to teach- and I can say it is the best method I've ever seen. The four main skills of the language can be developed with RS (listening, speaking, writing and reading) in a natural way. It's amazing how people can learn a language using their intuition by connecting what they see and what they listen. I recommended it.

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philgoddard
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We had a similar question recently Jan 2, 2011

http://www.proz.com/forum/teaching_and_learning_languages/186332-learning_swedish.html#1633358

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