I have a page on my website about Rosetta Stone Spanish, and I wrote a long review of it here in the blog after I had a chance to try it out.
I’ve been mulling it over a bit since then. Was I fair to the program, and why is it so popular?
Well, in terms of being fair to it, I think I labeled my opinions pretty clearly. What program someone will find the most helpful for learning Spanish is partly a matter of personal taste, just like shoes or food. You like chicken, he likes steak, she goes for vegetarian fare.
But even allowing for personal tastes, I have a significant beef with Rosetta Stone. It makes perfect sense to me to use English to understand another language. For example, I mostly speak Spanish with one of my friends here in Mexico, a bilingual Mexican woman. If I don’t know a word or phrase, she can usually explain it in Spanish. But quite often it’s most effective for her to just give me the English equivalent.
In fact, contemporary research into learning languages indicates that adults and teenagers learn additional languages best by making use of their native tongue and by being able to analyze with their minds.
Rosetta Stone Spanish doesn’t allow for any of this. And for that reason, I’m not a major fan.
As for why it is so popular, well… the company does do effective marketing. And clearly not everyone shares my opinion. Hey, that’s no shock!
If you have used any level of Rosetta Stone Spanish, please add your comments below.
And to see what people who’ve used it say at Amazon, go here: Rosetta Stone Spanish, Latin American, Level One.
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