My Experience with Rosetta Stone
Late last year I was asked if I’d like to try my hand at learning a new language. As I love to learn I accepted the offer and before I knew it I was logged into Rosetta Stone and I was trying to learn Spanish. Throughout my adult life I’ve been keen to learn. I wasted my school life, focusing more on the social side than education and more fool me. So in my early twenties I sent myself back to college gaining several qualifications including everything from Book Keeping to Audio Typing. In my mid-twenties I went back again to earn my ECDL and Diploma in Word Processing before signing up to the Open University where I studied for my Certificate in Higher Education Humanities and a Certificate in Higher Education Open. I sadly couldn’t fulfil my original intentions of completing a Degree in Humanities as I started my own business and I simply didn’t have time. I’ve looked at going back to the OU to complete my degree (I have about a year and a half left to do) but funding is no longer available and I can’t afford to pay for it. Gutted.
Anyway, back to Rosetta Stone. When I am given an opportunity to learn I will take it. I believe it’s good exercise for the brain and it helps to keep us alert and active. For three weeks I spent one night a week logged into Rosetta Stone and trying my hand at Spanish. I loved the learning process, it felt like a game, an app that you’d find on the iPad. It’s fully interactive, you listen, read and can even speak in order to pick up the language (I didn’t have a compatible microphone sadly) and select the right pictures that correspond with the words you’re being taught.
Now by the end of the first session I have to admit to feeling confused. I was learning the singular words and where to use them within the pictures being shown on my laptop, but I didn’t fully understand the sentences the words were being used in. I felt it needed some English in order for me to really know what I was saying and learning. But I did persevere for a time and I do feel that it’s a system that works and honestly think it would be amazing to use it in schools. I hated French and German classes but if I’d have had this technology I think I would have enjoyed the classes so much more, and perhaps achieved higher than a D in my German G.C.S.E (I was in the top set somehow, but like I said above, I didn’t work).
Languages were not a natural talent of mine and their still not. I thought that now I’m an adult I would embrace languages more but I have to admit that’s not the case. I stopped the course after about a month. Christmas got in the way and then I was all hyped up about the move, basically life got in the way. That’s the point I want to make. I truly was impressed with the whole Rosetta Stone website and method of teaching; I honestly think it’s a great way to learn. BUT, if you’re not dedicated to the course you’ve chosen then you are highly unlikely to complete it. If you want to learn a language and have a passion for it then go for it. Life will try to get in the way (something you’ll experience with all forms of courses that you do from home) and if you’re not committed life will stop you from achieving the end goal.
Rosetta Stone is fun, simple and it has an excellent community of fellow students who offer support. The interactive lessons are there for you to go back to and to repeat as often as you need. You’re given scores at the end of each session so you know where you went wrong and to give you a boost when you get them all right. It’s available on your computer and on your mobile if you want, so it’s there for you to use as and when you can. You choose your own schedule but I recommend that you do set one and get into a routine (something that I benefited from when I was at the OU). If you managed to make a basic learning schedule it will become a habit, and any extra time you get can also be put into the course too.
Do I recommend Rosetta Stone? Yes. If Elle had picked a language at school I would definitely buy her a language course. If I ever really feel passion for picking up a language I will not hesitate to sign up for one of their courses. As it stands right now I can’t speak Spanish, but that’s my own fault.