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Holiday Hoopla #12: Rosetta Stone® Review  

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rosetta Stone® empowers millions of people around the world to change their lives through an interactive solution that provides the fastest, most effective way to learn a language. Rosetta Stone solutions teach communication skills the same way a person’s first language is learned as a child – connecting the language with its meaning, in real life scenarios.

Rosetta can be used by anyone, at any age. There are three different levels (1 for beginners, 2 for intermediate, and 3 for advanced) for varying skill levels.

How it works:

The Rosetta Stone solution recreates the instinctive language learning experience through a variety of proven methods. Version 3 offers a personalized course based on the learner’s native language and skills and provides the following tools to facilitate language learning success:

·Dynamic Immersion™ – helps the learner think in a new language from the very beginning, by bypassing translation and tedious grammar drills; language meaning is derived by connecting words and grammar with images.

·Contextual Formation™ – enables new language production from the first lesson by placing the learner in just the right context to intuitively know how to progress.

·Adaptive Recall™ – tracks progress and brings back material for review at just the right interval to reinforce learning.

·Advanced speech recognition technology – learners begin speaking from the start and the speech analysis tools help perfect pronunciation.

·Milestone feature – simulates real-life situations in which to practice the language.

·Audio Companion – allows users to practice what they’ve learned on the go.

25 different languages are offered in Version 3:

• Arabic
• Chinese (Mandarin)
• Dutch
• English (American)
• English (British)
• French
• German
• Greek
• Hebrew
• Hindi
• Irish
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Latin
• Persian (Farsi)
• Polish
• Portuguese (Brazil)
• Russian
• Spanish (Spain)
• Swedish
• Turkish
• Vietnamese
• Spanish (Latin America)
• Filipino (Tagalog)

My thoughts:

I took both Spanish and French in high school and I'm absolutely in love with the French language. So when I was contacted to do this review, I knew it could be an opportunity to brush up on my French language skills. After all, it has been over 15 years since I was studying it in school!

Rosetta Stone is very easy to use and the speech recognition is a major plus. I've tried other language software before and it didn't recognize what you were saying, so I was never really sure if I was pronouncing things correctly. I'm glad that I was able to try this out and I hope that anyone else who has the desire to either learn a new language or brush up on past skills, would try out Rosetta Stone.

Disclaimer: I was sent the product named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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