The Rosetta Stone claims that they have sold more language learning tools than anyone else in the world. Undoubtedly, they have been quite successful in taking the forefront of the language learning industry. Their commercials are everywhere, and you can buy their product anywhere. But the actual product itself is what we will review here, not the company as a whole.

For those who are not familiar, The Rosetta Stone is interactive computer software that will introduce the student to Spanish throughout a series of game-like programs which will enhance the user’s vocabulary. The student will be exposed to gradually larger amounts and more difficult quantities of vocabulary, and even complete sentences or multiple sentences.

Clearly this is a very popular language learning product, so why has it only received one star? Well, The Rosetta Stone has done a fabulous job at making a professional product, and one that would benefit any student. There are many different “games” that the student can play which help enforce reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It is also nice that they offer three levels. However, these three levels have quite a few drawbacks. First and foremost, even into the third level- the material is not very challenging for even an intermediate student. Second, the student is never really “immersed” in Spanish. True, the directions are given in Spanish, the text and audio is in Spanish (in the later lessons), and all of the voice narrative is in Spanish- but the Spanish is always in sets of maximum three sentences. This is not true conversation.

The Rosetta Stone claims that their product is the fastest way to learn a language. However, we feel that after mastering the Rosetta Stone, the student will have less working knowledge of the Spanish language (though quite possibly more vocabulary) than a student of the above courses.

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