Fri, 24 Jun 2011 Rosetta Stone TOTALe review
Learning a language with Rosetta Stone requires some commitment
- Manufacturer: Rosetta Stone
- Pros: Simple, immersive language learning tool; money back guarantee; easy-to-use interface
- Cons: May take you longer than you think to pick up another language
- Price: £139 Level 1; £349 Levels 1-5
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Rosetta Stone, now at version 4, includes a number of refinements and enhancements to help you learn another language easily. There are more than 30 languages to choose from and each course offers a money back guarantee.
The Rosetta Stone interface is clear and simple and keeps distractions to a minimum. You learn through a combination of listening, speaking and using images to confirm that you understand what you’re saying. As well as learning by yourself, in this version you can join an online class run by native speakers and test your language skills in real-world-like situations. There’s also a online games community so you can have fun while you learn and a Mobile Companion for the iPod touch and iPhone.
As with all tools that help you learn something the real reward comes from the actual effort you put in. Rosetta isn’t a magic bullet that will have you speaking another language with barely any effort. Your return will depend entirely upon the time and effort you invest in actually taking part.
The full set of five levels for the French pack we used costs £349. That might seem quite expensive, but taking into account the breadth and depth of the suite it’s actually pretty reasonable. If you’re not sure if the Rosetta system will work for you the level 1 pack costs £139. If you’d like to get a flavour of the course before you part with any money, there’s a free online demo you can try out first. You get a free USB headset with each pack too.