How should I use my potential Rosetta Stone subscription?
June 24, 2013 4:55 PM Subscribe
I just got a new job where I will have access to Rosetta Stone for a single language. I don't need to learn any languages for work so please help me decide how I'd like to use it.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to education (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I took Spanish for all of high school and much of college and even spent five weeks in Ecuador (ten years ago). My Spanish used to be pretty decent but it's not anymore. Improving my Spanish could also be helpful to me long-term for future jobs.
On the other hand, I'd really like to learn Arabic. This might be useful at some point but it doesn't have the practical applications of Spanish for places I expect to live (northeast US; DC now and possibly New England in the future). I know that I'm not likely to be fluent but I just think it'd be neat to know.
I also generally have some issues with auditory comprehension (in English as well) which means that when learning a new language I can pick up reading and writing decently quickly and I am okay at speaking but I have a lot of trouble understanding the spoken language which is often the most useful thing.
I have a few questions:
1. Would Rosetta Stone actually help improve my intermediate level Spanish or is it best for beginners?
2. Would Rosetta Stone be really helpful with understanding another language when it's spoken?
3. Does it really address all aspects of the language or just a few of the basic reading, writing, speaking, listening skills? How would learning the written aspect work for Arabic?
4. SHOULD I use it to improve my Spanish? It would probably be the smart and responsible thing to do but this seems like such an awesome chance to learn a new language for free! On the one hand I want to get better at a language in which I'm already conversant and on the other hand I don't want to waste my opportunity to try something new.
Bonus Question: Are there any other languages I should try besides Spanish or Arabic? I only get one (and I definitely wouldn't be able to do more than one anyway; honestly this might end up being academic depending on my follow-through) so if it turns out Swahili is just super awesome let me know.
At the most basic: How should I use Rosetta Stone and should I try Spanish, Arabic, or a surprise third option?