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jest133



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: Rosetta Stone Reply with quote

Has anyone had any luck with The Rosetta Stone system? I just downloaded the Ultimate Language Pack (25 languages) and would like to hear some real life success/non-success stories about the program. It's Version 2 (couldn't find it in V. 3 for free). I checked it out and it seems a straightforward concept but I'm wondering if it truly works at a later age. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's really good. I'm sporadically learning Dutch from it, and it actually works.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the Spanish one, it was great while I was doing it. It takes some commitment which sadly I just didn't have. Now I can just string together ridiculous sentences with the random words I learned. Here is my current favorite:

¿Dónde está el elefante con pelo corto?
*for the full effect you have to slightly mispronounce every word and add a thick NY accent. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it actually works. Last year I was in Germany for 6 weeks and before I got there I knew little to no German (even though my mother is fluent.) By the time I left, I had convinced her to drop the $500 it costs and I started it the month I returned. Lets just say that they have a money back guarantee for a reason. I definitely works if you follow the curriculum like it says. No one will ever tell me that you "can't teach an old dog new tricks!"

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had more success learning Chinese with Rosetta Stone than with any other media, and I've tried out a number of things, including another computer program that is available thru my library. I like that it doesn't give you direct translations of the words you are being introduced to, you have to reason it out.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can someone describe the learning concept, ie why it's different to others?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Their method is to teach you in the same way you learn to speak as a kid; it's all visual and it doesn't require you to switch between languages at any point. They present you with a picture of a dog, and all you're told is the word for the image you're looking at in that language.

It's an immersive and instinctive thing. You're not learning a list of vocabulary; instead, you're learning to look at a cup and instinctively know that it is called so and so in whatever language, rather than processing it through your brain as a translation.

It's a really subtle way of learning and I was surprised at how well it worked for me. It's been months and months since I did any work on my Dutch, but I can still remember an awful lot of the stuff I did learn. Het meisje rent and de vrouw slaapt and stuff. Smile
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Mishka



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an interesting concept for language-learning! I've wondered about Rosetta Stone and its cool to see that it's actually been useful for a bunch of you.

Now if only I had money for it...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone wants the 27 language pack and has a torrent program, PM me and I'll send you the link Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI-this torrent unfortunately doesn't work with Macs Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using Rosetta Stone for a while now and I really like it. They sent me an email today about "Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe" as an add-on to the program. Has anyone tried it? Any opinions on it?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK people - there's a sale on right now until the 31st. I just got Russian levels 1 - 3 for £75 less with free shipping Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Ukrainian :-(
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have a Ukrainian ladyfriend, no Matt??
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea why I just wrote "ladyfriend", as if I'd asked my grandma to post for me. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel guity everytime I go that I have not signed up to some kind of Ukrainian course. Iryna speaks very good English and my Ukrainian is non existent.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could she teach you? Very Happy

Or if you feel like it would be like getting a family member to teach you to drive (disastrous to the point of dangerous in my experience!), I get sent links sometimes by a language learning/teaching website, this might be interesting to you:

http://www.languagetrainers.co.uk/ukrainian_courses_london.php
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