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Tracey
12-10-2009, 10:01 AM
Can you give me your opinion.
We're looking at the program, but I see there is a "Homeschooling" program, as well. What's the difference?

John Turpin
12-10-2009, 10:22 AM
I used the program last year to learn some German before a visit there. I'm sold on it. If you are able to spend an hour with it every day (and are diligent about it), you'll be surprised at how confident you become with a language in about a month or so.

Ian Marchuk
12-10-2009, 11:22 AM
We have cherry picked Rosetta Stone in designing curricula for home schooling our children. I shouldn't say we.... my sweetie did. She thought quite highly of it.
It was very useful in math and languages. The kids were diligent and worked hard at it and achieved stellar results in all the standard public school tests.
What do you have in mind?

bamamick
12-10-2009, 11:51 AM
I am interested in this, as well. My company offers German lessons, but I would rather do it on my own time. I know a bunch of German words, but doing the articles and verbs and then putting things in the correct order is a challenge.

I have a friend who is a high ranking military officer. Rosetta Stone mentions that the military uses their product, and I asked my friend if he had used it for his trips to east Africa, Iraq, Kuwait, or Afghanistan? He just snorted. According to him the only language training he was ever offered by the military was....well, let's just say they haven't offered him the use of Rosetta Stone.

Pretty expensive, but you can find it on e-bay.

Mickey Lake

John of Phoenix
12-10-2009, 11:58 AM
According to him the only language training he was ever offered by the military was....well, let's just say they haven't offered him the use of Rosetta Stone.

I can order a beer in seven languages. Also self taught. ;)

switters
12-10-2009, 12:18 PM
I have used the Arabic for dummies book, couldn't afford the Rosetta Stone. After a month of spending about 15 minutes a day I had about 200-300 words, mostly polite stuff and numbers, standard travel questions, like "Where is" and the like. I was able to navigate meals and cab rides and be polite in meetings, nothing more. Do you want to be fluent or are you just going to travel someplace for a short time?

The dummies books do well for what is described above, probably not much more.

Tobago
12-10-2009, 12:32 PM
Our public library is part of the Mid Hudson Library system and Rosetta Stone courses were free. I used them a couple of years ago and the system was simple. It's definitely worth trying.

The library system has since changed to "Mango" language systems which I haven't checked out.

If your library provides the service it could be worthwhile going through a trial set of lessons.

Good luck,
Ted

BrianW
12-10-2009, 01:36 PM
Do they have it for Australian?

paladin
12-10-2009, 03:04 PM
Tracey....what are you trying to learn?

isla
12-10-2009, 05:33 PM
I can order a beer in seven languages. Also self taught. ;)

I can order seven beers in one language :D

skuthorp
12-10-2009, 05:34 PM
BTW, I see the Egyptians are agitating for the originals return
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/art/should+the+rosetta+stone+return+to+egypt/3456347

Tracey
12-10-2009, 06:01 PM
Tracey....what are you trying to learn?

Not me, but my son. He has been teaching himself to read Japanese, and Kanji, in general. He has no specific goal in mind, just self interest.

paladin
12-10-2009, 06:40 PM
Adopted son is half Japanese, he married a Japanese girl in college....her aunt is married to the prime minister etc etc....but.....
This is a good way to learn to speak something in a crash course....Defense Language Institute used it and may still do so.....it's been a while......it is purely a spoken course, so the rest will require quite a bit of study and a tutored course may be the best bet. I went through the Russian course in 90 days, but what I learned to read were the technical stuff that I needed to know......


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12-10-2009, 07:12 PM
As a result, you'll start speaking the language of your choice in only 10 days. And they'll never know you're a foreigner!

This is true. I took the 'Learn Canadian' course - when I traveled 'up north', they had no idea I was a furriner!

paladin
12-10-2009, 07:42 PM
You know that you are doing good when in the capitol of a country and someone asks you directions, and not a second look, then asks you the time and you answer in American English....it is a bit fun to see the reactions...

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12-10-2009, 09:08 PM
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12-10-2009, 09:20 PM
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Shang
12-10-2009, 09:49 PM
The Pimsleur courses are pretty good and relatively inexpensive. Completely spoken, so you have to learn to read and write elsewhere--a high school or college text book for example.

I found that the Japanese are a light-hearted people... when I speak their language they giggle and turn away...

paladin
12-11-2009, 08:23 AM
The primary Russian language training by the Defense Language Institute was accompanied by a book of collected jokes with references from all over the former Soviet Union, used to help you better understand the use of the language.
The Russians have a propensity for naming things after flowers/trees/fish etc....for instance, oscillators used in radio devices are named for flowers.