This year, I have the unique opportunity to learn Spanish! It’s loads of fun. After much deliberation about which language learning course/software I would use, we finally settled on Rosetta Stone because of its amazing reputation. You’ve probably heard of it before; its ads are all over the internet and magazines like National Geographic and The Smithsonian.
The whole philosophy of the software is that it teaches you the language the way you learned your first language, without grammar rules, translation practices, and cheesy little jingles. And I’m kind of loving it. After eight+ years of taking Classical Latin at CCA, I’m kind of sick of all that craziness (ostmustisnt and sumesestsummusestissunt, anyone?) It was so refreshing to just learn what words mean by pictures and not have any annoying chants to memorize. I learn while I’m doing the exercises, there aren’t any lessons or homework or anything like that. Lazy, you ask? It’s actually pretty challenging, I say.
One of the features that makes it so challenging is that it wants you to master the language not just in reading and hearing, but also in pronunciation. It comes with a fancy little microphone headset and some of the exercises ask you to repeat words/phrases/sentences or label pictures with the correct sentence. It’s quite hard to do actually, but really rewarding when you get it right.
In short, I’m a huge fan. If you’re in any way contemplating Rosetta Stone for whatever language, do it! It’s totally worth it.
Listening to: Sia – Playground
Reading: Robinson Crusoe
Learning: the capitols of the USA. I figured if I’ve learned the capitols of Europe, I should probably know my own capitols, right? 🙂 I’m using this quiz. My highest score is 98% Can you beat me?