Rosetta Pronounce ng as you would in the English words king, long, or string, as in zingen to sing. In Dutch, in addition to the vowels a, e, i, o, u, and y, there are numerous combined vowels, also called diphthongs. The combination ui—in huis house , for example—is especially tricky, but can be practiced as a short "a" sound, as in the English word "hat," followed by a "u" sound. After practicing the alphabet sounds, we advise language learners to jump right into pronunciations. By far, the best way to figure out how to pronounce these tricky vowels correctly is to practice and get feedback from native speakers like one of our Dutch language tutors.
Here's your chance to sound off and write your own Rosetta Stone review. Overview of Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone is now the pound gorilla of language learning software and a marvel of marketing success. Their ads are all over the internet, magazines and TV. It's a household brand name and is probably the biggest selling language product. But does Rosetta Stone really work? How Does Rosetta Stone Work?
Rosetta Stone claims to teach you a language the way you learned as a child. The way it does this is by immersing you completely in the target language - there is no translation. Words and concepts are presented to you in a series of pictures with the associated audio and with the text, all at the same time.
You learn by trial and error. In the activities, you will hear the sound of a word and see the text and you must select which picture is associated with that word or phrase. You may already have a clue as to which one it is or not. If you get it right, you move on. If not, you try again until you get it. These mistakes are actually essential to the learning process in Rosetta Stone.
In time, words become phrases, then full sentences. Ideas and concepts begin to replace simple objects and actions. New vocabulary and structures are integrated into what you have already learned.
Through pattern recognition, more and more of the language is understandable. Slowly, but surely, you develop a foundation in your new language. Features of Rosetta Stone Software Rosetta Stone includes many of the same features common to other language learning software products - native-speaker audio, text, a voice recognition feature to aid in learning proper pronunciation etc. There are some activities like filling in incomplete sentences and some limited role-playing.
The software teaches the main four skills of language learning - speaking, listening, reading and writing. There are a number of basic exercises that focus on a combination of skills such as reading and writing over listening and speaking or vice versa, or focus on just one of the skills. You can choose which units and exercises you want to study, or you can just let the software take you on its guided tour through the whole course. It's really pretty flexible.
This means the student can focus more on weak points to improve them, and you can work at your own pace. They've included a spaced repetition algorithm called Adaptive Recall. This is just a fancy name for spacing out repetitions of new material in order to optimize the memorization process. They also offer a Rosetta Stone online subscription. Rather than buy the software, you can have a monthly subscription and access the software from any internet-capable computer.
It is a more flexible option that might appeal to some. The best way to know for sure if Rosetta Stone is right for you is to try their online demo. Try it for yourself so you can see if it fits your learning style.
Improvements Over Version 2 They have spent most of their efforts improving the interface and graphics. It is better-looking and smoother. Instead of staring at four picture panels for activity after activity, they have varied the number of panels from three to eight.
Also, there is often some movement as panels slide out of the way in order to make some room for text bubbles. It works well and makes it easier to look at. The Milestone is an interactive slideshow and provides a little bit more variation. A new feature added since Version 2 is the Audio Companion. This is audio material you can use away from the computer. It presents the same material you have been studying in a slightly different way and does help to bring it all together.
They have improved some of the amibiguity in what was being asked and also increased the variety of the picture sets, in some cases to be more culture-specific. They have changed the content a little bit to include more conversational elements like greetings and introductions. Overall, it is an improvement over Rosetta Stone Version 2 but read the next section for why it's just not enough. Several years ago, when language learning software was just beginning to become popular, Rosetta Stone was very exciting.
It showed great promise. There were other publishers of software around also, but this one seemed like it might make a real breakthrough. Finally it seemed like all the benefits of books and audio, combined with pictures, video and interactivity you can't get any other way short of a live tutor was going to be married with a systematic learning method. But, while computer capacity and capability has increased, multi-media capabilities have improved dramatically, and the internet has innovated some outstanding possibilities, Rosetta Stone has essentially remained the same.
I think they have completely failed to take the software to the next level. This recent version represented a huge opportunity and they missed it. Instead of spending their efforts on their product or their service, they spent it on marketing and making more money.
Hopefully they will put some of those profits into improving the next version of Rosetta Stone to where it should be. No language learning method is perfect. And no language learning product can cover every aspect of learning a particular language. Each publisher necessarily chooses where to focus its efforts and which aspects of learning to let go. Rosetta Stone language software is no exception.
This is all just my opinion, of course, and it may work great for you. I encourage everyone to try their demo and find out for themselves how they feel about it. But, for the following reasons I just can't recommend it when there are better software options out there. No Translations at All I know this is supposed to be an 'immersion' experience, but a lot of people have complained about the lack of an English translation.
This is a deal-breaker for many people. Would it be so difficult to just have a little button on the side to provide the translation for people who wanted it?
It would make so many people happy. No English Instructions Numerous users have pointed out the amibiguity with some of the activities. Because there is no instruction or directions at all, it can be unclear as to what they are being asked which can lead to frustration.
Many people would like to have that. Version 3 has addressed that to some extent indicating that Rosetta Stone is aware that this is a problem , but it persists. Again, how about a global setting that could turn instructions off or on for people who want it? Lack of Content This is the real crux of the problem for me. There is just not enough vocabulary or structures that are useful.
By the end of Level 1, the only conversation you could have would consist of "Hello, good afternoon, it's nice to meet you, my name is And even this small amount wasn't even in Version 2, it's new in this edition. There's just not enough content to use in real life, especially after 25 hours of 'immersion' in Rosetta Stone.
Ok, so let's say that that isn't the focus of the program. The focus is to get a foundation in the language. I can accept that. But I can't really practice it with people which is kind of the point of language. The early content consists of 'the car is red' and 'the boy is running' kinds of things. But this is what you are looking at for activity after activity, it seems, and it feels like it continues on through Level 2 and 3. One of the very first things I see in Level 3 is 'the man is jumping off the ladder.
Yes, and it seems to just continue on that way. Competing software products like Tell Me More, Transparent Language and Fluenz all have extensive conversational elements, as well as additional content. So if you want to clarify a grammar point or look something up, you can't. Many people don't want to learn grammar, but some do. What is wrong with having it there for people who do want it? There is also no dictionary. If you want to look up a word to see what it means, you can't. Rosetta Stone doesn't have a glossary, but in the wordlist at the end of its Contents pdf, there are less than words combined for levels But many of those words are just variations like hermano, hermanos, hermana, hermanas so the number of actual different words is considerably less.
And it doesn't have the meanings - it's only to refer you to which lessons the word appears in. Learn Like a Child? Learn a foreign language like you learned your native language as a child. Great idea. Except, I'm not a child. I'm an adult. Any language acquisition professional will tell you that children and adults learn differently.