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Rosetta Stone Language Software

Rosetta Stone Language Software

Foreign language isn’t just an extra-curricular student club anymore. With many schools requiring at least a full year of a widely-recognized second tongue, kids are pushed to find fluency in a variety of ways, including the newest software. Rosetta Stone continues to dazzle students and teachers with a comprehensive and natural style of teaching 25 different languages (including French, Dutch, Mandarin, and Hebrew) with software and online tools. Giving both children and adults confidence and the capability to communicate in the way natives really speak, the three levels of programming (beginner, intermediate, and expert) can be done at a natural pace and over the course of an entire academic career. 

Unlike similar programs that offer a more scholarly model towards language, Rosetta gives “immersion” the credit it deserves, using high-quality graphics, sounds, and conversations to guide students through the layers of learning in a stress-less and entertaining way. Words and phrases are associated with visual clues, and there is no attempt to “drill” students on their recall like other methods do. Our favorite feature of the program is the speech analyzer, which gives immediate feedback to students for their pronunciation of foreign words. Equally unique was the milestone feature, which periodically allows students to participate in real-life conversation situations based on the progress they’ve made. With a price tag of around $250 for each level of the PC and Mac-compatible software, it’s well worth the investment. Available online at rosettastone.com or at retailers nationwide.