Rosetta Stone a Powerful Learning Companion

by Jus
(Planet Earth)

It is unrealistic to think that any language learning approach will be the magic bullet. Like just about anything else in life, an attack on multiple fronts is required.


Rosetta Stone is no exception to the above. It has limitations that do not allow you to use it on its own. With just a little extra effort, Rosetta Stone is a powerful ally in your quest towards linguistic diversity.

The major setback with Rosetta Stone is association. You can actually think you are doing well because you get many exercises correct. It is easy to use process of elimination to get the exercises right in the beginning. In time, you will get very frustrated as you find your scores progressively dropping. To avoid this pitfall, you must make sure you get the idea behind each lesson. Often the ideas are quite subtle. For example (in Latin Spanish) the software illustrates the use of Tu versus Su. On another occasions, it demonstrates the use Tu and Ustedes. If you do not pick up on this hidden message, you will find the future exercises strangely ambiguous.

When progressing through each screen, make sure you get it. That is, you understand the message behind the pictures. The software often illustrates subtle constructs that can sneak up on you in future lessons and exercises. Once something seems ambiguous, use other resources such as the internet, or Spanish textbooks from the library to aid in your learning. When you figure out what went wrong, go back to the lessons that cover the material, and re-discover the subtle message. It is actually quite liberating. Once you uncover a few of these hidden messages, you actually become quite adept at picking them up later on. The process gets considerably easier as you go along.

Rosetta Stone will ultimately stump you at some point. Once this happens, diversify your efforts a little. You will get big dividends from your efforts.

I have not encountered the magic bullet for self education. Perhaps when I find it, I will write more reviews!

Enjoy.

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Nice
by: Anonymous

Best review I've read thus far.

If you're not a teacher, consider becoming one.

DON'T LOOSE YOU 3 X5 IN CARD WITH THE CODE!!!!!
by: Anonymous

FOR SOME ODD REASON, A VERY CRITICAL PART OF THE PROGRAM IS A LITTLE 3 X 5 IN INDEX CARD. IT HAS THE ALL CRITICAL CODE NUMBER FOR IT TO WORK. WITHOUT IT YOU ARE S.O.L.

WHY SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROGRAM IS ON SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE ADVERTISEMENT OR JUNK IS BEYOND ME. WHY IT ISN'T ARRACHED WITH TAPE OR A STAPLE TO THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET IS ALSO BEYOND ME. BUT HEAVEN HELP YOU IF YOU LOOSE IT OR TOSS IT THINKING IT IS JUNK.

FOR THE MOMENT I HAVE A $350 SET OF WORTHLESS STUFF THAT IS NOT TEACHING ME A LANGUAGE, BUT I AM LEARNING TO NOT SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON ANYTHING UNLESS: 1)YOU CAN THROUGHLY TEST IT, 2)THE COMPANY IS LOCAL, 3)YOU DO PROPER HOMEWORK AND SEE WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE 4)YOU STAPLE THE RECIEPT TO THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET SO YOU HAVE SOME COPY OF YOUR OWNERSHIP. 5)USE A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD TO HAVE SOME KIND OF A TRAIL OF OWNERSHIP, 6) BE PREPARED TO VISIT YOUR SMALL CLAMINS COURT OFFICE AND FILE A SUIT. I DON'T THINK THEIR CEO IS GOING TO SHOW UP AT EVERY COURT DATE IN EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY (NAME THE CEO AS THE DEFENDANT). 7)EXHAUST THE FREE SOUCES OF LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FIRST, THERE ARE SEVERAL GOOD ONES. THEN YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE.

BUT I THINK IF EVERYONE WENT TO SMALL CLAIMS WITH THEIR COMPLAINTS, THE ROSETTASTONE COMPANY POLICY WOULD CHANGE. AND ALL OF THAT FREE (NEGATIVE) PUBLICITY THEY WOULD GET WOULD MORE THAN REPAY EACH COMPLAINTANT FOR THEIR TROUBLE, WHETHER THEY WIN THEIR CASE OR NOT.

MY COMPLAINT IS: THE CODE IS ON A LOOSE INDEX CARD IN THE BOX, NOT ON THE CD'S, NOT IN THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET, THE THINGS YOU REALLY KEEP TRACK OF. DUH!!!!! HOW MANY OF THE CARDS GET TOSSED OR LOST AND THE PRODUCT NEVER GETS USED? AND THE OWNERS ARE TO EMBARASSED TO ADMIT THEY MADE THIS MISTAKE, AND SO, SAY NOTHING?


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