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by Aleksei Kremenchugsky
I am a native Russian speaker. I have a friend, who wished to study Russian. He is so driven and goal oriented that he worked on his Rosetta Stone like a maniac. After finishing the course, he tested his Russian on me - and believe me, what I heard was dishartening.
After working on it for months, he still can't understand a thing a say in Russian. His own speech is a gibberish - I have to ask him to repeat several times before I can make any sense out it. Besides, only sentences he can say are those from the Rosetta Stone software - "A woman on a horse... The car is red..." I got him children's books - a greatly dumbed-down Russian equivalent of Dr. Seuss - he can't read a sentence and make sense out of it. Apparently, Rosetta Stone does not even teach the Cyrillic alphabet.
He paid like 300 bucks or something for this Rosetta Stone baloney, wasted several months studying it to get to the point of having nothing to show for?!!