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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 12:36 PM
Roseta stone?


Is it worth it? Do you get anything out of it?

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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 01:55 PM


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Is it worth it? Do you get anything out of it?

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Totally worth it. Buy it now.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 01:59 PM


I just finished levels 1-5,its kinda pricey but now I can understand every thing. However I dont speak it unless I have to cause I sound like a "Spanish Forest Gump". I highly recommend it and this is coming from a guy who's wife is from Mexico,kids are fluent and lived in Baja for seven years. I wasn't smart enough to learn Spanish w/o R.O. There is another system some say is better called "Pimsleur" but I went with the Roseta stone and it worked .Oh, some say you can't switch from one computer to another with Roseta stone. I was able to and the 1 time I had a problem the customer service was prompt and helped correct the problem.Good luck, hoped I helped some.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 02:04 PM


Curious?? How "expensive" is "kinda pricey"?
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 02:22 PM


Around $500 us for level 1&2. I noticed Costco had some the other day but I didn't notice the price or the levels of lessons



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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 02:28 PM


I got 1-5 for around 500.00 USD about 6 months ago on the Roseta site. Thinking about selling it, but then again I might do it all again to see if I can get better-then sell.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 03:03 PM


I found Rosetta Stone to be useful, but it takes a lot of computer time and a lot of memorizing. I also found I could understand more, but had difficulty speaking much. I found my copy on Craigslist at about half price. I'm working on Pimsleur now and find it much easier and much cheaper. I also found I felt much more comfortable talking after working with Pimsleur.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 03:30 PM


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I got 1-5 for around 500.00 USD about 6 months ago on the Roseta site. Thinking about selling it, but then again I might do it all again to see if I can get better-then sell.


Be careful about buying a "used" copy. They only allow it to be load on 2 computers, so if you buy a used copy you can only use it on 1 computer assuming the first owner only loaded it on one.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 04:39 PM


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I found Rosetta Stone to be useful, but it takes a lot of computer time and a lot of memorizing. I also found I could understand more, but had difficulty speaking much. I found my copy on Craigslist at about half price. I'm working on Pimsleur now and find it much easier and much cheaper. I also found I felt much more comfortable talking after working with Pimsleur.
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Are you writing that Pimsleur doesn't take as much computer time as RS?

How is Pimsleur easier? Why is it more comfortable to speak now?




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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 05:15 PM


I loved rosetta stone. I used it for Italian and for Polish and I learned so much that the 1st time we went to Poland, I could understand 75%. Two years later, when we went again, I could understand 95%.

When we went to Italy, I was able to converse in basic Italian and it was fun. I think the speaking comes with time practicing. I was really happy being able to understand what people were saying.

My husband Les did Rosetta with Spanish and within 2 weeks, he was speaking more than he had in a whole year. and he could understand so much more as well, it was like night and day.

I did pimsleur for Polish and altho one does speak more, I was not as impressed with it as with Rosetta.

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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 07:31 PM


Lee,

Pimsleur is not a computer program. It is audio that you listen to for 30 minutes a day. Basically you listen and repeat. It sounds boring but really isn't. It's a pretty intuitive method based on using repetitions of words in different conversations. After doing Roseta for a while I had quite a vocabulary, but wasn't comfortable speaking. Pimsleur is way more useful to me in putting together useful conversations or questions. I got way more out of Pimsleur per thirty minute sessions than I did from Roseta.

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[*] posted on 11-1-2012 at 09:23 PM


I have many friends who have used Rosetta Stone, and they loved it.
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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 05:11 AM


You can load Rosetta stone onto more then 2 computers -you just have to call the customer service, I loaded mine onto three-they helped reactivate on the third-no questions asked.
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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 05:41 AM


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Lee,

Pimsleur is not a computer program. It is audio that you listen to for 30 minutes a day. Basically you listen and repeat. It sounds boring but really isn't. It's a pretty intuitive method based on using repetitions of words in different conversations. After doing Roseta for a while I had quite a vocabulary, but wasn't comfortable speaking. Pimsleur is way more useful to me in putting together useful conversations or questions. I got way more out of Pimsleur per thirty minute sessions than I did from Roseta.

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Thanks John. Now I get it. I didn't know Pimsleur was CD's only. I started with CD's (different program) years ago and they worked OK. I admit that extensive computer time is needed with RS. I don't mind the time as, for me, visual memory is important along with speaking during the lessons.

In your case, verbal repetition alone has given you confidence to speak more, so, congratulations on that and keep up with the lessons.
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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 07:44 AM


I'm happy others have been successful with RS but it just wasn't really helpful for me. It was okay to learn a few nouns in the beginning but all of a sudden I got to a point and it just left me in the dust because there is no translation. A friend gave me some audio CD's by Micheal Thomas which have been much more effective for me. While RS startss with nouns, this program starts with verbs. Ie; I want I need, I have, etc. It seems easier and more effective to me to convey my thought and then just fill in the noun. They start by saying the sentence in English and then say it in Spanish. Once you get the hang of it. They say the phrase in English, you repeat it in Spanish and then iot provides the correct answer. Just beginning but so far I like it much better.



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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 09:58 AM


Alan-the Michel Thomas-ww2 veteran?
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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 10:32 AM


and I believe all this has to do with how one learns...there are different learning styles

some read better - have to see it on order to comprehend
others simply can hear it and comprehend
others must write it down to comprehend
and others simply blurt out something remotely close to the object language and eventually learn it this way

my adopted Brazilian son started learning English at age 9 by coloring the objects in a book with the names of the words next to it. It worked so well for him.

all methods are valid. As a veteran Englsih as a foreign language teacher for 30 years - the students that learn the quickest are those who simply speak speak speak with little regard to whether it is gramatically correct or not. but you gotta be real courageous to do that !




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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 12:05 PM


I did not really care for Rosetta Stone but found that Learning Spanish Like Crazy level 1-3 was much more effective at getting to conversational Spanish. It is certainly much less expensive than Rosetta Stone but the results of everyone I know who has tried it has been very good.

http://www.learningspanishlikecrazy.com

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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 01:35 PM


So buying Roseta stone off Craigslist level 1-5 for $65.00 is probably a scam?
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[*] posted on 11-2-2012 at 01:39 PM


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So buying Roseta stone off Craigslist level 1-5 for $65.00 is probably a scam?


It's probably a copy in which case you probably won't get the work book along with it.
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