Does Rosetta Stone actually work?

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#1 SolidSnake2011-
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I want to understand and speak the language from my ethnic background cause it's kinda embarassing not knowing how to speak to my elders properly, friend's family who are the same race, etc. Growing up my parents didn't give a damn about whether or not I knew the language. Plus they always worked when I was a kid so we never really communicated as often as we should and I think that's why I don't know how to speak this language. So has anyone tried Rosetta Stone and now know to to speak the language that they wanted to learn?

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#3 shoot-first
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No, but it always did interest me when I'd see the commercials.

I wonder why...

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#4 ZumaJones07
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if phelps endorses it it has to work.
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#5 SaudiFury
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way way over priced. i think.

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#6 Dj-Dark-1
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My brother bought the French version, I've tried the first disc and it's alright, seems easy enough to learn with practice. Later on now, my brother says it's gets really difficult when it tries to piece sentences together and it's not the best at trying to teach you to learn. So perhaps, if you just wanted to learn some basic phrases and conversations then it might be useful but for being fluent, I think you really need the time, effort and persistence to keep up with the program.
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#7 I_DID_HER_U_MAD
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I've heard it works if you put a lot of time into it, but it's not something you are just going to do here and there and understand the language you want to know completely.

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#8 Celldrax
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No, but it always did interest me when I'd see the commercials.

I wonder why...

shoot-first

It must be the room decor. It has a nice sunny feel about it.

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#9 shoot-first
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[QUOTE="shoot-first"]

No, but it always did interest me when I'd see the commercials.

I wonder why...

Celldrax

It must be the room decor. It has a nice sunny feel about it.

Exactly. I wonder if the carpet and the drapes match.

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#10 WilliamRLBaker
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yes it actually does I wanted to learn german but really didn't have the money and did do the research and yes it does work its true when they say alot of companies and the military use it.

the entire series of languages maintains a 4.5 average on amazon.com

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#11 ThE-JoKeR
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I used it as a crash course when I was hired into NPD. I did learn a lot of Spanish rather quickly, but I question whether or not it would have been just as fast through any other method. I think like anything, you have to want to learn it. If you don't, you won't. Someone else said it best though: "It's over-priced." I agree.
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#12 xWoW_Rougex
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I haven't used it but so someone want to confirm or shoot down this post but I've read/heard that it does not teach you very much of the actual grammar and rules and instead focus more on phrases and words.

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#13 EJ902
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I tried the german one for a bit, it wasn't too bad but I got fed up of shouting "GUTEN TAG" at my computer at the start of every lesson because it couldn't understand my voice. The problem is it doesn't explain some things very well, probably expecting you to work them out for yourselves when it would be more straightforward if it just told you what was happening.
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#14 Oyashiro1000
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I have a hard time learning from it.
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#15 Eponique
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I tried the French one in my library. It sounds like a fun and easy way to start a language (usually when you first start learning a language, it feels difficult) but I wouldn't pay $500 for it. I think I only learnt 10 words that day? Can't be viable as your only study method. Try to see if you can borrow it from someone or if your library has it etc.
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#16 Gen007
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It is mighty expensive but hey we have the Internet now and google translate. You could always try teaching yourself by going through things you would say in your native language a bit using those tools. It wouldn't be the hardest thing every and no doubt you could google anything your having trouble with. Not everyone works well with that type of learning though i guess.

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#17 deactivated-5f9e3c6a83e51
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It's expensive. However, with many things, a lot of its success depends on your effort.

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#18 GazaAli
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I tried Japanese level 1and it actually worked, I just need to commit to it properly. Just try and diversify your resources.
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#19 -DirtySanchez-
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im sure it works aslong as you stick with it and actually try
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#20 Kcinz
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Yes, I'm learning French with it right now :)
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#21 metroidprime55
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It probably doesn't work, from what I've seen of it its actually pretty glitchy.
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#22 PC360Wii
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Thier lack of support for Welsh has annoyed me... since I have a welsh name and customer ALWAYS START SPEAKING TO ME IN WELSH grrr....
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#23 PSN-SCRODE
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I actually learning german with it right now, its a pretty good instrument. But I also read kid german books as well.

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#24 Kcinz
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It probably doesn't work, from what I've seen of it its actually pretty glitchy.metroidprime55
If you've never used it, then don't review it.
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#25 Lu_E_G
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Am currently using it for Swedish. It is good to teach you the basics but I find that when I listen to Swedish people speak they dont use the same words as Rosetta stone does to say the same thing. So as stated before "diversify your resources"

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#26 Androvinus
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Yes. I have learned an incredible amount of japanese from it. Not only is it fast an easy, but it is fun. I cant really tell you if it is worth the price, but i really do love it.
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#27 deactivated-598fc45371265
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It's a good place to start....you'll need other resources though.

And of course, nothing beats being taught by your parents or an actual tutor. :( I was lucky to grow up in a trilingual household.

Anyway I'm learning Korean with Rosetta Stone atm, it's a good way to start building a vocabulary.

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[QUOTE="metroidprime55"]It probably doesn't work, from what I've seen of it its actually pretty glitchy.Kcinz
If you've never used it, then don't review it.

The software works fine. I haven't found any glitches etc.

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#29 muller39
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I've never tried it so I do not know.

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#30 Ilovegames1992
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Si si si.

Preth eth eth eth eth. Scorchio!!

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#31 Vighneshvara
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I think it definitely works if you can keep up with it, but I tried another program a while ago called Fluenz which is muuuch better. I can't seriously recommend it enough. It is a bit limited on the language selection though. Srsly go look at that one if it supports the language you're going for...
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#32 Amnesiac23
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It depends on the language I think. Soon I will be on my third semester of Japanese and my first of Chinese and Rosetta Stone is helpful with learning words and pronunciation, but not so great with complicated sentence structure or the writing systems. If anyone is trying to learn these languages and is in college, see if you college offers it for free.
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#33 Big_Bad_Sad
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My friend used the Spanish one and got on quite well.
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#34 stanleycup98
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It'll teach you the basis of the language, but it won't teach you how to converse, which is the core of what learning a language is. IMO it's impossible to learn a language without talking/having access to a fluent speaker.
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#35 Mythomniac
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If you want a basic understanding of the language then yes, after the first level it becomes very complicated at explaining things. You see, it is all based around pictures, that's how you learn everything, when you get to more complicated parts of speech and longer and more complex sentences you truly need to devote yourself to it. Honestly, after using it fairly extensively for 90 minutes every Monday-Friday I can safely say that it is much better as a companion to you if you were to take a language class rather than learning from it.
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#36 JustBeYourself
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I hear mostly bad things about Rosetta Stone, there are better language learning programs out there
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#37 Kcinz
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I hear mostly bad things about Rosetta Stone, there are better language learning programs out there JustBeYourself
No there aren't. :l
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#38 wis3boi
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Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob es funktioniert oder nicht, ich Deutsch gelernt daraus ocming mir in meinen Träumen.

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#39 Maniacc1
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I'm sure it actually does work, but it's extremely over priced. Even they realized this when they slashed it by 50% in just a year :P
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#40 lensflare15
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I've been using the Rosetta Stone Chinese for about two years now. It's ok, and I'm sure with more practice I would be able to speak the language much better than what I can. I do know some random prhases and words, so I guess that's good.