Hey I'm Ken Cannon but this company needs no introduction as they are currently America’s biggest language learning company. If they have done anything right at all, it would be without a doubt the incredible marketing campaign that has turned this business into a household name.
Now ascetically this program is very nice and easy to use, beautiful pictures, interface and packaging. And they’re language learning method is very innovative and logical at the same time.
The price is quite a bit high however, 300 bucks, but you can get it for about 200 in some places. Also if you’re taking on a language of any type you should expect to invest a large amount of time and money. As I said in my last post, you can’t expect to go through the language without a guide of some sort. And no matter what method you use you’re probably gonna end up spending about 100 to 300 dollars anyways.
The vocabulary in this program is very impressive, literately thousands of words. More than any other language learning method in existence! In terms of grammar however, you are gonna be left in the dust. Rosetta Stone is very poor in that area.
The biggest complaint I have with this program is its guessing game approach to teaching. It’s very hard to figure out what exactly the example sentences are referring to in the picture, and has frustrated me to no end. Well actually there was an end, when I decided this method wasn’t for me and I moved on about half way through.
Pronunciation is quite easy to pick up with this program! However if you watch anime most likely you won’t have a problem in that area anyway.
In terms of reading and writing, the latest versions have tried to incorporate this a bit more but in all honesty still leaves a lot to be desired.
To sum it all up Rosetta stone has done a great job to bring language learning to a more wide spread audience. And though its unique method may leave some frustrated (like me), with a Japanese English dictionary nearby, this frustration is quelled quiet easily. (unfortunately I didn’t figure this out till after I abandoned it, genius I know...)
However despite its setbacks Rosetta Stone is quite painless to get into and overall does perform.
A solid 6/10
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Well thats my review, again I'd really like to know what you think. If you have or have used Rosetta stone It be awesome if you could add your input below. you can also rate on a scale from 1 to 10 if you like.