Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

4.8 (197.9K)
222.4 MB
Age rating
Current version
Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
Last update
5 months ago
Version OS
15.0 or later
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User Reviews for Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

4.77 out of 5
197.9K Ratings
2 years ago, Chase @ A&M
Fast and engaging way to learn, especially for beginner and intermediate learners
I’ve used Rosetta Stone off and on for years now. When I first traveled to China, I had powered through level 1 mandarin a few months before the trip and everyone I met said my accident was SO good, even though my vocabulary was still at beginner level. Still, I had the skills and confidence to try living and socializing in China. I attribute Rosetta Stone with this early success. Since then, I’ve gone on to study mandarin in graduate school and in a semester in China, and I still use mandarin level 4-5 to brush up on my skills. The combination of engaging visuals, plus authentic chinese audio and the option to use real Chinese characters plus pinyin (written Chinese for English speakers) also gave me confidence jumping into the wild world of written characters. Once you get to advanced language levels, you will definitely want to supplement Rosetta Stone with advanced book learning (think formal classroom textbooks) and plenty of conversation with real speakers, but even then Rosetta is still useful for brushing up on key vocabulary with good visuals. Especially for the beginner and intermediate learner, I can’t speak highly enough if Rosetta Stone. If I could suggest one improvement, bring back the games and make more of them!! This was a fun way to keep learning the language when maybe I was too brain-drained after work to do a full lesson.
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4 years ago, Varnish Princess
Rosetta Stone is tops!
I wanted to wait several months before writing a review. I have now been studying Hebrew for six months with Rosetta Stone. I bought the year-long program, and I am on track for a one-year completion. I think you get a lot out of it if you put a lot into it. I study every day. The program is amazing! I had tried another program that was teaching me to transliterate into English first. It was slow and I wasn’t learning much because my eyes always went to the English transliteration rather than the Hebrew letters. I also tried a sample lesson with another company that used only audio as the “best way” to learn a language. I realized I am a visual learner, so just listening to audio did not work for me. But now with Rosetta Stone, I am reading the words in the Hebrew alphabet and understanding what I am reading. I awake in the middle of the night with Hebrew words and phrases running through my mind. The pictures are enjoyable, and help me to understand words and phrases. My vocabulary is amazing! I think my pronunciation is getting better and better as well. It is such a natural and fun way of learning. Right now, I am studying the past tense, and I thought it would be difficult, but I am understanding it just fine. When I get through with Hebrew, I may learn another language through Rosetta Stone just for fun!
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9 months ago, Allaiya
App is a little frustrating & confusing layout
I enjoy the app, but it has an odd setup. I want to redo some of my old lesson plans on the Home tab, but see no option to do so. I’ve been out of the app for a bit, so wanted to redo the older lessons as a refresher but when I click on it, it only shows my previous score. It also says I’m on week 3 but then in the plan overview, it says only week 1 is completed. Perhaps I can redo on the Learn tab, but locating the lessons I did on the Home tab is impossible. It doesn’t line up at all, so I have no idea where to find the specific lesson I wanted to redo. Also, the pronunciation /story read back parts are the most frustrating. I love reading and hearing the stories in German. It is a nice idea, but most times the speech recognition doesn’t work properly. I’m clearing saying the words correctly, but it keeps marking it as wrong. I’m not sure why. It’ll say it’s wrong, then I will say it the same way and it’s right. Often times it doesn’t seem to pick up that I said anything, so I’ll have to say it twice. Sometimes I find myself shouting at my phone in frustration having to repeat myself 5 times for it to register. Just now I disabled the microphone at this section, because it was just too offputting. It also crashes & signs you out a lot if you go outside the app for a translation (since they don’t offer it in the app) I purchased the lifetime membership, so if these issues get fixed I will come back and update my rating.
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3 years ago, AubreyL209
There's a reason so many companies and agencies insist on this product
So: I dabbled in language learning for over 20 years... all kinds of methods. This has (by far) been the most effective. I finally invested in Rosetta Stone over 10 years ago when online learning wasn't an option for them yet (and after using their program for a college course). I then sprung for the online. I was officially sold on their first big sale for Veterans (at which time i took the plunge and got the lifetime online membership, for less than i paid for the original 6 CD package i purchased years ago). Since then: they have made AMAZING IMPROVEMENTS to the software and opened up more languages. My only complaint is about the app: it can get glitchy (doesn't recognize audio, doesn't update lessons as completed, trivial issues that correct themselves with some "tough love")... but if I force close the app then the issue resolved. Tech support is responsive, as well! I love their product and highly recommend giving it a try to see if it is a good fit for your learning style! (Also: ensure you join an individual coaching subscription or a social group to get one-on-one real world conversational experience/practice. Rosetta Stone offers this option, but I do not have my laptop/desktop set up for use currently)
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3 years ago, warning: dont download
Great app but needs some fixes.
The app’s content is great. I am really happy with how it works and how easy it is to learn. The only problem with it is that the app has a few bugs that need to be fixed. Sometimes randomly when you’re asked to speak into the mic, for some reason it doesn’t work unless you exit the unit or sometimes even the app. Also, sometimes when you click on a section in a unit, it shows a loading screen that never goes away unless you refresh the app. Also, sometimes when you finish a section in a unit, it takes you back to the beginning of the unit instead of the next section that you’re up to (this one isn’t such a big bug). My only other problem with the app is that it is sometimes way too slow. It’s not a bug that makes it slow, it is the way the app was made. I personally tend to be a fast learner and it is very frustrating when a section says that it takes 10 minutes when I could finish it in 3 minutes if it didn’t take so long to process your answers and go to the next slide. The animation of matching the answer to the correct box is unnecessary and I think there should be an option to turn off the animation and replace it with a simple and fast check mark or x. Again, I think the app is great and I am only criticizing it because I really enjoy using this app and I use it quite frequently.
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2 years ago, padfoot1318
Good but sometimes frustrating
I first bought Rosetta Stone for my computer several years ago. I didn’t use it a lot because I couldn’t get the microphone to work. Without practicing pronunciation I didn’t see the point in trying to learn a language. I kept saying I’d get to it later and eventually forgot about it. I got an email with a great deal to upgrade to the lifetime subscription for all languages. The price is awesome for what you get, but I do get frustrated with it sometimes. There are times when I know I butchered the pronunciation but it says I did it good, and then times when I thought I said it really good and it says I didn’t. Learning proper grammar at the beginning of learning the language is not going well for me. (English to Spanish) I don’t always understand why a word is said one way or another. Sometimes even the male vs female form of a word confuses me. I wish there was a button to mark a screen when I’m not sure about something. I feel like I’m not fully learning it and it would be nice to be able to easily go back and check on the things I was unsure of. I feel like so far I can listen to and read what I’ve learned but not speak it. I hadn’t used the app in a few days and the next step for me was the third milestone. I did terribly. The milestones are strange for me too. Most of the time I stare at the screen with no idea what it wants me to say.
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2 years ago, Kaitlyn8481
Serious learners- it’s really the best!
I do love Rosetta!! I’ve been learning French on Duolingo for a year. I truly want to learn, and I also have books I practice writing and reading. But Rosetta really helps me overall with speaking especially, and memorizing words and phrases. I wouldn’t say it helps a lot with grammar, it’s important to practice learning grammar rules with books or Duolingo teaches a little, but Rosetta is enhancing my learning! Only con is it is VERY repetitive and BORING!!! I always do it on the computer so I wear headphones and focus. I repeat a lot of phrases and vocabulary, but I am actually containing them this way. Sometimes it frustrates me because it shows various photos and you have to figure out what time of day it is or some fine little detail that’s not quite clear, but overall it’s wonderful and I recommend any serious learners to take it because it’s like a course! Also, I especially love reading the poems or monologues because it gives me a chance to speak a good amount of French. It speaks first to you and then you can practice saying the poem as many times as you like. Downside, it doesn’t always process everything you say when it’s more than a few sentences. But still I love it!
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5 years ago, RussellSteven
Great concept horrid execution
The teaching on this app, I love. It's a great idea. I wish I'd went month to month at this point though rather than pay for two years. It is the buggiest app I've ever used. In fact, it's so buggy the uncommon word "hate" comes to mind. I went all the way thru module three recently and got to the last lesson. I get a pop-up that says, skipping ahead? You didn't finish all the lessons. I go back and look and sure enough, the Review lesson I'd done said I'd not done it. This particular one I knew I'd done...8 times! You see, for the Review lessons, you can't retake and fix one card, it makes you retake the entire lesson! I wanted a 100% so I retook it until I did. Guess what... It apparently lost all progress. I ended up taking it two more times, finally getting everything right. When I finished, it said I missed one anyways. What!? I have another Review that I know I'll never get right because despite voice set to easy and having taken a year in college of German from a native German, it says I cannot pronounce one word. I gave up. In some lessons I can use the wrong word entirely when I'm trying to guess the dialogue and get a 100% but in the Review, which you must fully retake if you miss something, it won't get the single word right. In short, if you are a perfectionist or have limited time to waste on bugs, this is not the app for you. There are better ones for free that won't make you cuss in front of children or want to throw your phone.
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2 years ago, GameMasta69
Easy and effective
If you’re a perfectionist like I am then this is perfect for you. I love how user friendly the app is to use and I feel it’s easier to learn something when the app tells you a section of the lesson you messed up on. You can easily skip it and just pass the section but if you’re OCD is like mine then you won’t let yourself move forward until every section is green. I know a bit of Japanese and I definitely feel like this is great to refresh what I’ve forgotten and build upon what I know. I’d say my biggest issue with the lessons is that it asks you why you’re learning the language (basics, travel, etc.). I’m using this for travel purposes and it gave me lessons based on that but I want to learn the language entirely. I feel it would benefit the app more if it just started you at the very beginning then built upon that. It’s not a major issue so my rating will remain 5/5 but I would’ve liked it to start me at the beginning and went from there as opposed to me picking travel and it starts me from maybe half way through a semesters worth of lessons and it’s already speaking sentences to me. All in all, perfect app, slight imperfection but not enough to cause major damage.
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10 months ago, Dapper Davey D
Rosetta Stone understands how the human brain works with regard to language acquisition
Rosetta Stone is still the only program I know of which effectively teaches languages from the very beginning to an advanced level entirely in the target language. They leverage images in lieu of translations. They understand neuroscience and the human memory. Any good memory expert will tell you that to remember a word, you need attach to an image, not merely another word ie a translation. They start slow moving quickly from single words, to phrases, to sentences to conversations. They also teach grammar naturally. Remember when you learned your native language, you already knew intuitively how to conjugate verbs before you ever knew what “verbs” or “conjugations” ever were. Rosetta Stone is like gym membership. Just like a dumb bell, if you pick it up often enough you WILL strengthen your biceps, if you sit down with Rosetta often enough you WILL work your brain and you WILL learn well. It’s not a matter of if it will work, it’s a matter if whether or not you are willing to invest the time and the money. It’s a fabulous and wildly underrated and misunderstood softwares of all time. I give it my highest recommendation. David Dapron MA in Spanish
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10 months ago, MusicJ3di
As Foreign Language-Learning Should Be!
Compared to other language-learning programs, Rosetta Stone uses one of the most effective methods to learn a new language! Instead of providing a picture with the foreign word and the translation, the program only gives a picture with the foreign word or sentence. You then compare one picture from a different picture and see what the word/sentence says in the foreign language, and then try to guess or figure out what it is saying. I like to think of this as the “learning for survival” method. Rosetta Stone makes you feel like you are an explorer who has discovered a community that speaks a foreign language that has never been studied before, so there are no translating dictionaries to help you. This puts your brain to work a lot harder to put things together trying to understand the language instead of it being all spelled out for you. Going back to the explorer analogy, you would need to learn the foreign language to survive being on foreign land with foreign people who speak the foreign language. That’s what I mean about the “learning for survival” method. I believe this is the most effective and longer-lasting methods to learn a language.
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2 years ago, Sjbrownie
Why it’s better than duo lingo
I’ve tried quite a few languages apps. Duo lingo has been the go to for a few years. While I like Duo lingo a lot, this app excels where Duo struggles. For example this app works with you on pronunciation and grammar in the lessons. Duo lingo does have times where it addresses pronunciation and grammar but it doesn’t really have ways to practice it. It just kinda throws you in and hopes you figure it out on the way. Perhaps it my choice of language. I’m trying to learn Hebrew and duo just threw me into the deep end and hoped I could succeed without any real guidance or patterns. This app teaches new words and uses a system of audio/visual to help you with the language. I love that system. It’s more than just memorization. It becomes real learning. They don’t have any English translations to the side. The learning is strictly audio/visual. They show you an action like eating or drinking and repeat it over the 5 cases of usage. It’s very well done and exciting. I honestly don’t understand why anyone would have problems with this app. Especially if your serious about really learning and retaining a language. Their system is very impressive.
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2 years ago, flippingmonkey
Ok but glitchy
I just started using this app to try it out. Using the free version right now. I’m in my first lesson and everything was going fine then sudden on section 3 the app stopped hearing my voice. It would hear one word but not the other. Nothing I did helped. I tried to get in the queue to speak to someone and was 1 in like for about 20mins and never spoke to anyone. I tried reconfiguring my mic, reducing the speech to easy, getting closer to the mic, talking louder, and nothing worked at all. I’ve reset the app, made sure it was updated, made sure my phone was updated, and tested my mic on voice to text in a text message and the mic works just fine picking up my voice. It’s ONLY in this app. Secondly, the app will automatically rotate screen anytime you are typing or in a lesson. It’s extremely hard to type with the screen rotated. I also found the use of the navigations in the lesson clumsy and difficult to use. I couldn’t go back to a word in a lesson. I had to exit and start again. Biggest issue if the app not picking up my voice at all. These two things really make it difficult to use the app and I really don’t want to pay for this if it’s that glitchy. I know I can go without repeating the phrases but the point of making sure I’m saying the phrases correctly is pointless if the app will not pick up my voice.
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3 years ago, Gert Blansten
An Awesome Language Tool
I have been using Rosettastone for over 10 years and have found their immersive way of instruction to be extremely effective. I thoroughly enjoy learning new languages and have found the hardest part of learning a language is speaking and getting immersed in it. Rosettastone has a comprehensive way of immersing you in your target language while introducing new concepts and grammatical structure. There are a few things I’ve had issues with, however. First, if you are using Rosettastone on your computer you will miss some of your writing lessons when you use the app. It does not even show you that you’re on or skipping a writing lesson it just happens. This bothers me enough to keep me from using the phone app and only use it on my computer. If this doesn’t bother you then you won’t have any issues. Also, if you’re trying to learn the depth of grammar and what not, you’ll need to buy a book and use additional sources to really nail in the language. I recommend at least learning the alphabet of your target language before jumping into Rosettastone. Otherwise, it’s absolutely worth the $179 one time payment to get this resource. It’s tried and true and provides all the immersion you’ll need to learn your next language.
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4 years ago, christianw13
Immersion is the only way to really learn a language
If you rely on translating, I don’t think you can ever become fluent. Each language has words and phrases that simply cannot be translated. When you have a conversation in a foreign language and you have to translate the foreign words you hear into your native language and then translate your response from native back into foreign language, you will not only get tired and stressed out but your conversation will not be fluent and natural. What works for me are images. When learning the foreign word for flowers for example, I don’t translate into my native language but imagine a picture of flowers in my head. Then coming up with Blumen, fleures, flores, etc. in a foreign language conversation is much faster and requires much less brain power than translating. Those are just my 2 cents. This approach works best for me. I’m a foreign language major with 4 foreign languages. English is my 3rd language. Everyone is different and has their preferred way of learning but I encourage everyone to try the immersion approach for one or two weeks and see how it goes. App works great. I only encountered one small glitch but that may have been a glitch on my device.
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3 years ago, Didi Miller02
a review of the free program
Last year around the time of the onset of Corona Rosetta Stone released a 30 minute, 5 days a week, six-week long free program for about a dozen languages to be learned using the mobile app. I have a couple of minor grievances about it (like some small design errors and the fact that it’s limited to mobile), but for the most part the fact that it’s free trivializes all of them. The app is an incredible language program. Rosetta Stone’s reputation is not misplaced. For a free program there is a ton of space for personalization, and the program itself gives off a very psychologically well thought out feel as you go through it. It’s exactly the type of design that makes you feel like it’s working on you subconsciously through heavy repetition, meticulous pronunciation, and strict grading on your own pronunciation, to the point where even an eccentric accent will register as a verbal shortcoming, forcing you to tweak your pronunciation into the true sounds of the words and sentences. I haven’t spent anywhere near as much time with the app as I would have liked, but so far I am very impressed and excited to continue.
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9 months ago, hedonisticpsychopath
I’m going to keep using this app to brush up on my Russian and 4 other languages I’m familiar with BUT, I’m definitely going to get my refund after because Rosetta Stone isn’t going to work for me. This app is good but, I don’t like that it doesn’t provide translations(I’m aware it does offer translations for SOME languages) or any explanations on how to pronounce certain words or phrases. Fortunately for me, I’m fluent in Russian but, I can’t even try to learn another language. It’s easy to put the phrases and pictures together but, it’s annoying that It doesn’t offer translations for each word, I feel like it’s such a simple thing to do. I want to know what I’m saying.. I get that if it says “девочка” and shows a picture of a girl, it clearly means “girl” BUT still, there are more complex images and it’s hard to know what the word means sometimes. I’m not saying Rosetta Stone is bad, not at all, but it 100% is not a standalone app. If you’re starting from ZERO, this app is not for you. Overall I gave it a 4 star rating because it’d be unfair to give it a lower rating tbh, it’s a great app that just needs a couple of things.. honestly if it at the very least had translations on all the languages, then it’d be good enough for me.
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5 years ago, Kaneko Ivy
Why is it different??
I got this because I have the actual PC version of the Japanese Rosetta Stone, and I thought I would be able to access it through the app. Instead, it’s acting like it's a completely different thing?? In the app I can see all the progress I’ve made from where I’ve done it on my computer, but I can’t continue anything and the only option is a huge green button that says “unlock full access” which asks if you want to buy a subscription when you hit it. I already bought the program (which was very expensive), so why in the world would I want to pay nearly as much as what I already purchased for the SAME THING I already purchased when I already have it?? This is just as bad as when Adobe switched from selling full real CD copies of their programs to being subscription-based. Very very disappointed that you can’t get free mobile access when you have already bought the darn thing; it feels like they’re punishing people who prefer buying complete versions instead of subscriptions. I could have sworn back when I bought my RS that it said there was a mobile option for people who bought the physical copy, but evidently this isn’t it. If they’re going to treat this like a totally separate thing you have to pay for, it seems like the progress from your physical copy shouldn’t even be there at all.
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7 months ago, saleen8927
Good in theory, but it’s not good on iPhone
The program itself seems great. I have been learning Russian on DuoLingo for a few months, and am progressing quickly, but wanted to expand and try different approaches. I do think the Rosetta Stone language recognition from the mic is much better, meaning I can work on my pronunciation more. However, in the short time I have been trying it, every exercise includes several photos. On an iPhone screen, these photos are so small and the action the people in the photos is doing is so unclear that I’m getting at least 50% wrong just because I can’t tell if someone is eating or drinking, or in some cases if it’s even a male or female, girl or woman, boy or man. DuoLingo solves this issue by using only cartoon drawings that are VERY clear as to what you’re looking at. Unfortunately, I cancelled my subscription because I can’t learn this way, but if you use an iPad or laptop I would imagine it’s a better experience. I’m not willing to use a different device when DuoLingo works just fine on iPhone. Edit: the developer response to this review shows that they did not read my review at all and are just responding with generic fluff. I actually said the speech engine is good. It’s the user interface/photos that are bad.
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5 years ago, Sfgkiuggdrj
The app isn't bad. Their billing is horrible.
You can download the app for free, and even do a lesson. Then it asks you to sign up for a subscription. If you wait a day or so, you get an email with a special offer of $5.99/month. Turns out though, it's not $5.99 a month, it's $147, paid all at once, which gets you a subscription for 24 months. Yes, that comes out to $5.99 a month if you don't understand finance, but it's a lot different if you don't want to pony up that much all at once. Worse, after the term is up, they'll automatically re-subscribe you at their full price, no discount. I hate this underhanded method of taking money from anyone who's not paying attention, and a bunch of people are going to pay a LOT of money for something they don't want. It's close to thievery, and it makes Rosetta Stone nearly dishonest. EDIT: After using this for a couple of weeks, I still think it's pretty good at teaching language. However, the speech module, where it listens to you and grades how well you say things, is completely useless. It doesn't understand you at all, no matter how clearly you say it, and no matter how low you set the bar. I had to turn off the Mic to be able to get through those chapters. The program complained that my Mic was bad, but it works just fine on audio notes and FaceTime, so it's not my Mic.
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5 years ago, B1_'
Love the immersion!
I found my way to this app after I had done some Duolingo.I am learning french and if anyone is learning french they also know how particular it can be. When I got to a certain point on Duolingo they made it difficult for me because all they want you to do is translate things into your own language. While I understand their point, it didn’t work for me and maybe Duolingo is good for a language that you just want to brush up on. Once I got Rosetta Stone though I made more progress and I continue to...I am also close to a native french speaker so that’s kind of an unfair advantage but with Rosetta Stone’s immersion technique you don’t see any of your first language in the lessons (other than things like pause and the names of the units and lessons of course) and that helps me stay focused and learn in the best way possible. I do plan on reading books in French after and finish a workbook (as I would recommend anyone do) because (at the moment) with my version of Rosetta Stone I don’t ever get to type out sentences as a mean of practicing grammar. Hopefully I will be able to come back and write a review in French :)
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4 years ago, kuyakano
Worst learning system
I’ve learned Chinese with Berlitz and Spanish with Pimsleur programs. In the time it took to learn with those programs, I’d say I learned about 1/4 as much with Rosetta Stone. Their flawed system has absolutely NO DEFINITIONS to the pictures they show you, so you don’t know if the foreign word means sugar, salt, or the color white. Their customer service is useless and is also incapable of answering questions regarding the flawed teaching program. Basically you are paying for a guessing game, not a teaching system. I tried it for 6 months and was extremely disappointed in how useless it was in helping me learn a new language compared to previous programs. I learned less with Rosetta Stone than any other language program. Response to Rosetta Stone’s generic, cut and paste response: “pedagogical”??? Why don’t you just say ”teaching”? That’s all the word means is “teaching”. And “Dynamic Immersion” means A technique used in bilingual language education in which TWO languages are used for instruction. Thus, if you don’t know the word in one language, then the definition should be present in the other language. ROSETTA STONE DOES NOT OFFER THE DEFINITIONS IN THE OTHER LANGUAGE. I called your India based “support” countless times for help on this. Their favorite response is”I am sorry we can not help you” So please stop lying to people about your “pedagogical dynamic immersion” techniques, THEY DO NOE WORK.
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3 years ago, Kai M.L.
Don’t buy it- TOTAL SCAM
I bought the lifetime access ($200) through the App Store and after a few months the app stopped recognizing my login. Ok, fine. But no amount of trying to reset it worked and the website didn’t recognize my account either. After numerous emails and conversations with Apple and Rosetta Stone, they could no longer find my account- it apparently disappeared! And since it disappeared after the refund date, they would not refund my money even though I had the paperwork/receipts that proved I bought the app and lifetime access even though they could not find it. So basically, they lost the account but refused to give me my money back and they can’t figure out why it no longer exists. I have continued to try and work with Rosetta Stone but they have not resolved the issue nor just create a new lifetime access for me. It has been MONTHS of trying to get this fixed or get my money back. And now their customer service is no longer responding to my emails when I ask for an update as they try to “troubleshoot” the problem (been over a month since the last request for an update has been ignored). At this point I feel scammed out of my $200 and am disgusted with Rosetta’s “customer service”. I’ve switched to using Duolingo and find it works just as well and is free with ads or you can upgrade to one without.
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3 years ago, Lerch_
Pretty neat
I have been using Rosetta Stone for about 2 months now, with the purchase of the lifetime subscription that was on sale a while ago for $199 +tax. I am studying French & Spanish simultaneously and I have to say I love the way Rosetta Stone slightly adds on to the experience without losing the learner. Slowly introducing new sentences and words that correspond with the pictures that makes it easy for you to remember and catch onto pretty fast. I’ve used other apps like Duolingo, and though I do like Duolingo, it felt less serious and more like a children’s app for learning a new language. I wanted to reach for something a bit more challenging but engaging. I felt like I was just trying to keep up with the streaks rather than learning the material to master the language as a whole, ‘‘twas pretty distracting. I was very hesitant with Rosetta Stone because of the expense, but once I purchased, I didn’t regret it yet. Very pleased with my experience and would recommend to anyone who’s interested in learning a new language. Oh and you can start at different levels as well - Beginner - Intermediate - Expert
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5 years ago, Spacejockey107
I have been using Rosetta Stone for almost a full year now. I want to become a doctor and do Doctors Without Borders, and so I started learning Spanish first. Rosetta Stone caught my eye because I hate learning through translation, and this app only uses association. I was gifted a 6 month subscription for Christmas and finished 17 of the 20 sections in the time allotted. Ahora, esos seis meses han pasado, ¡y casi soy fluido! I progressed so rapidly through the program that my brother ended up buying a subscription as well, which I am using too to finish the last 3 sections. Now, I’m learning Chinese! The customer service is easy and quick, and I have only had to call them twice, which both times I have had short and concise experiences. My only complaint with Rosetta Stone is the billing system. The “x dollars a month” is borderline false advertising. You have to pay all up front for the subscription - there is no option to pay monthly. Other than this complaint, the app itself is amazing, and I highly recommend it. I would suggest to anyone wanting to learn a language as fast as possible with as many associations made rather than translations made as possible to get a subscription.
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6 months ago, Margareta87
My god, this app is buggy
The learning program itself is mostly great, although I wish there were a way to learn the alphabets (I’ve been pairing Rosetta Stone with Duolingo for this), and the program doesn’t properly prepare you to test out at the end of each unit, so that can be a frustrating experience. But the app, oh my god the app is the buggiest and most unstable app I think I’ve ever used on IOS—I’m honestly surprised it’s allowed in the store in the current state. It’s constantly logging me out, not recognizing my credentials after multiple resets, periodically stops saving my progress, won’t recognize audio through wireless earphones (multiple users report this on reddit and i have no issue with Duolingo, so it’s not my equipment), won’t recognize the orientation of my screen…I’ve stopped and started my progress on Rosetta Stone several times simply because the app is so frustrating to work with and sometimes I simply can’t use it at all. It’s too bad because the system really is a nice complement to other forms of learning the language, and they offer some languages that aren’t available anywhere else. Do your content creators (and users) a favour and hire more developers!
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3 years ago, Ella8767
No longer helpful and still very glitchy
PT. 1: Helpful but glitchy I have been using Rosetta Stone for about 2 weeks now. I bought the onetime unlimited version, and it’s great for helping me learn new languages. However, the app is very glitchy on my new iPad Pro; it seems like it’s not syncing properly. I have to refresh the app many times during one session, and occasionally when I click on a lesson that I haven’t yet looked at, the app says that I have already completed it without even giving me a score for it. I think it’s a wonderful tool to help you learn, but there are definitely some bugs that need to be fixed. PT. 2: No longer helpful and still very glitchy I just opened the app after the most recent update, and I am still having the same syncing issue. Lessons that I have completed are shown as incomplete on the plan schedule, but when I click on the lesson it opens as completed. Additionally, lessons that I have never done are showing up as completed on my “Plan Schedule” but incomplete on the overall Rosetta Stone Course. I don’t know what lesson I’m on anymore, and now it’s a hassle to try and do the lessons without a plan. I can’t learn because none of the lessons are marked correctly as completed or not completed. Overall, the latest update did not help at all.
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2 months ago, _Felicia_
Better than Duolingo BECAUSE…
Duolingo, in my experience, is about too much input and not enough output. Rosetta Stone gets you thinking in another language rather than translating from your native language. There are some downsides to learning grammar when you don’t have any explanations — you might get confused about what tense you are actually using in some cases — but I find that the Rosetta system is extremely well-designed. I’m learning Mandarin right now, and I was surprised to find that I could correctly answer plenty of questions on a sample language test after only a few months of learning with Rosetta. You can pace yourself and come back to your lessons after a break, but studying a little every day is definitely the best way to go! Edit: Leaving a four star review because there are some bugs sometimes, such as the audio switching from one speaker to another. Sometimes the microphone doesn’t seem to do audio recognition very well at all even though I’m pronouncing words as I normally do. That is frustrating sometimes! Overall, I still am enjoying Rosetta Stone very much.
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5 years ago, Niki1092
Glitchy app, decent program
Rosetta Stone is way better on the computer, the app doesn’t do it justice. This app isn’t bad- I wish that they had a portion of the Greek class go over the alphabet, because if I didn’t already know most of how it sounds then I would be kind of lost. But I guess that’s part of the immersion, so it’s not a totally bad thing —but the main thing that’s frustrating is the audio clips, as they tend to glitch out for me. So for the questions where they speak a phrase, almost every single time I can only hear a portion or a word of the phrase. Other times, I hear like a syllable. A weird noise and then that’s it. I’m not sure if this is only for Greek or not, I haven’t tried the other courses yet. This is why not having the alphabet part can be frustrating, because if I forget how a letter is pronounced, the audio clips can’t help. The app is also pretty slow. There are long delays between selecting an answer and having it register, and it’s crashed several times. I’m not too impressed with it. Overall, despite these bugs it’s not terrible. The lessons themselves are decent I guess- but even though the program is great on the computer, for an app you’re way better off with something like Duolingo, which is free and wayyy less buggy.
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4 years ago, The 'Engineer'
Language Immersion Through Critical Thinking = Success!!!
I’m learning Japanese. Not a word of English has been spoken, and yet, I am already three weeks in and feel confident about my progress!! At times it can be difficult to understand what the images are eluding to, but eventually, understanding develops. I highly recommend this product if you don’t care about the price. One nit-pick: the ‘story’ lessons are a significant jump in difficulty, simply because (at least when following the learning plan as it were on mobile) there is not much emphasis placed on the reading/writing of the language. So I can easily speak sentences based on images, but reading an entire Japanese story, even if it is simple, feels much, much more difficult than everything before and after those story lessons. I found a way to skip them so after I understand what the story means, I usually just move on because there is no way I am going to memorize the whole story, and it is far too early in my development to expect that I can read Japanese. Thanks Rosetta Stone team!
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3 years ago, NikiBahama
Too much focus on people you don’t know.
Most of us learn a new language to speak to someone new, and yet in almost every speaking exercise offered in this curriculum they have you practicing “usted” where you’re speaking to total strangers or about someone else. The focus should be primarily on conversations between me (yo) and you (tu), because these are the types of real-life conversations that matter. Sadly it doesn’t seem like they’ve updated their curriculum in a decade. Language has also changed in that time and several words they teach you are not ever used in the majority of Latin America... like “anteojos”... no one says that, they say “lentes” or “gafas”, but the software fails to teach you these alternate words that are more commonly used. Ultimately it’s one of the best tools out there for learning on your own but needs significant improvement and custom-tailored options so we are learning more of what we will actually be using and less of all the informal talk with random strangers in a completely formal manner. I don’t need to say “usted” every time I address someone. That’s exactly what conjugations are for - they imply exactly who you’re talking to or about and their gender...
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8 months ago, Ramblinbec
Great program
I have been using Rosetta Stone for over a decade now. I have been so impressed with how it is laid out that I’ve purchased lifetime access to all languages. As a linguist, I get a lot of benefit from that. The program’s biggest strength is the visual connection to the words that it gives the user. Every card, every phrase, every word, has a picture, and that really helps cut down on translation time. The program is strategically set up so that you can use the process of deduction to figure out what new words and phrases mean without consulting a dictionary. This is especially helpful as it gets further into complex phrases and grammar. This program is helpful for people who are new to a language as well as those who have been studying a language for a while . It starts out very basic, but the upper levels are quite difficult. I highly recommend this program, and if it is used in conjunction with other programs (like Pimsleur) that focus only on listening and speaking, the results are amazing.
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5 years ago, Manzfieldmz
level two mandarin, and I’m already smarter.
I’m only on level 2 mandarin and I feel like I learned so much already. The lesson throws you right into short sentences and basic objects. Which at first was very intimidating. It doesn’t translate the meanings for you like one would learn in a traditional class. You just have to figure out what is going on or being said. But that’s the best part! After the end of level 1 you I was able to grasp one or two words in the phrases, enough to understand what the picture was describing. I.e. I know the word Apple, I see the word Apple in the test question, so I’ll match it with the picture of an Apple. Once you lean one or two key phrases or words they continue to reinforce those teachings and build off them in future lessons. It felt like I was leaning at an accelerated rate. But it wasn’t easy at first, failure was a close friend. Some time the pictures didn’t match what I thought. I.e. “Is the old payday the grandma, the aunt or the mother?...oh it’s the sister.” I would highly recommend Rosetta Stone.
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10 months ago, LtCol Dave
Just bought this worthless garbage and want my money back.
I used Rosetta Stone almost 2 decades ago and was pleased with it, so I decided to buy the unlimited access to all languages. After downloading the ap and getting started with my wife’s native language I started the first lesson. The first phrase was good afternoon in Tagalog. I was confident my pronunciation was correct even though it kept indicating it wasn’t so I had my wife repeat it (once again it is her native language) and it said her pronunciation was wrong. I speak 8 languages at different fluency levels and have been exposed to Tagalog (filipino) for over 35 years, but now that I’m retired and have more time available to really become fluent in all my languages and maybe pick up 2 or 3 more, I thought this would be a good deal. I WAS WRONG! This is a piece of junk. Over a decade ago I learned 1st level Russian in about 5 weeks using Rosetta Stone and it worked better back then. I decided after looking at the first page of filipino in this ap that want my money back, but I see no way to activate that 30 day money back offer. I guess I’ll have to call my credit card company and tell them about this and see if they can stop payment for this worthless ap.
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4 years ago, rlr524
Overpriced and outdated
This review applies to trying Rosetta Stone for Japanese. Rosetta Stone is simply a solution of the past. There are way too many modern language learning applications that have been proven to work better than this one and are far cheaper. Rosetta Stone is a relic that focuses on rote repetition of out-of-context words and phrases; it was designed back when people studied language using cassette tapes while driving to work and they have never updated their methodology. The intent is that you learn by being “immersed” in a language, however to Rosetta Stone, immersion means “here is a rather ambiguous picture, now figure out this sentence using words and grammar you haven’t been taught.” This isn’t how to truly learn a language, it’s how you memorize outdated phrases and look like an idiot when you try to speak to locals. As for the app itself, the voice recognition feature is indescribably bad: I literally started to say “blah blah blah blah” and was marked as correct half the time. The play back of phrases is clearly English-speakers reading from phonetic scripts, so the pronunciation is horrid. On top of all this, the price is ridiculous for such a poor tool. The great reviews here must be from old timers who don’t know better options exist. There is no reason for this to have more than two stars.
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5 years ago, Middle age mom
Terrible! use Duolingo
This app is weird, stupid, obscure and terrible. I think the reviews that are positive are fake. Deliberately confusing seems to be the modus operandi. I have learned much, much more from the free version of Duolingo. One thing you need to know about Duolingo is you can get health back by practice. This app seemed good during the small free part, it’s no surprise they want you to pay for the whole thing upfront, no one would continue if it were a monthly plan. Save your money! Ridiculous scenarios are given with vague pictures and you’re supposed to supply the dialogue, I couldn’t provide the dialogue in my native language let alone in a foreign language. Stupid stupid stupid deliberately vague aggravating, and they know it and don’t do anything about it. The microphone works only intermittently sometimes the speakers don’t work either, supposedly the app is saying something but you don’t hear anything and it Marks you wrong when it’s never said anything. Incredibly aggravating makes my blood boil. I don’t know why I ever spent any money on this app. It pisses me off to read all the reviews and they tell you to go inside the app and report the problem. I took the time to tell you what the problem was- go fix it don’t tell me to go report it somewhere else!
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6 years ago, TheMJLantz
App is buggy for iOS
The app itself is a great tool. I have learned a lot about the language of choice with this app however a fatal flaw in its design is how incredibly sensitive the choices are. When I click to hear what it was that was said, the interface thinks I’m selecting a choice and I lose the 100% chance for the chapter. All because I wanted to confirm what was being relayed in the lesson. So many times this has frustrated me. Recently however the app has a new problem. When I’m given a few choices but only one phrase, sometimes (and this is very frequent) it doesn’t play the audio at all. Not even when I press the button to play what was said again. So I have to select a random choice to have the app tell me I got it wrong so I can hear what the actual audio is to match it accordingly. I give this app 3/5 stars cause the app still works, it’s just these are two incredibly awful and hindering bugs that need to be fixed. Once fixed, definitely a 5 star app. A lot of learning, a lot of content, integration with Apple Watch, extra listen aloud content, it’s just an incredible resource. Even better if you’re using it online.
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3 years ago, Kimiasha
App usage
I love Rosetta Stone. But the app makes it difficult to learn. There are occasions that if I login to progress my learning, my progress is not saved when I later visit the app to continue. I find that many times the speech recognition does not work properly. I might say ka instead of ha and I would still get a correct answer. Sometimes it does not even recognize my voice and I have to open and close the app many times and it still doesn’t work. Update: after working with Rosetta Stone app and website on my computer I fee extremely frustrated. The method they use is very effective to help learn a different language ... BUT their programming is horrible! The website and the app are both choppy!!!! I contacted them once through the feedback ferrite as it was advised ... the lady recommended me to delete the app from my device, update my device, turn off my phone, then turn it back on, and finally download the app again. The app was worse. My computer is also updated and the website most of the times does not recognize my voice or marks something correct before I even speak ... I feel so frustrated that makes me want to stop learning a different language. Such an unpleasant experience.
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5 years ago, brave 123
The Best Learning app ever!!!!!
I am 11 years old and I want to learn how to speak Spanish Italian and Chinese I could not find A learning app to teach me but when I got to the App Store I found Rosetta stone it helped me a lot I am on the fourth lesson and I feel like I have learned so much from using this app it helped me learn more about Spanish Chinese and Italian I bet you would like this app to there is no ads and nothing can stop you from keep on learning every day I’ve been using this app for a week now and nothing bad has calmed up to this app I am so happy I found this app there is two more of Rosetta Stone and I will be happy to try them my mom has said this has helped me a lot and I feel like if people want to learn how to speak a different language this is the app for them I hope you get the Rosetta Stone app now after hearing this and there’s nothing bad about this so your parents or you yourself should not have any troubles with the app I hope you like your new Rosetta Stone have fun Learning new languages!!!!🇨🇳🇫🇷🇵🇹
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4 years ago, Hmmm1200
Somewhat satisfied
The app is very easy to use and I love how it teaches you different ways to learn a language. I did not purchase anything on the app and I still learned a lot. There are two things I want to address, which I hope can be changed sooner than later. I specifically chose Mandarin as the language I wanted to learn. I understand Rosetta Stone wants us to fully immerse ourselves when learning a different language. However, I often felt as if I was learning pronunciation and phrases, but not really learning what it translates to. This would definitely help me use the language outside of the app and give me more confidence if I knew the exact English translation to ensure I’m using the term/sentence correctly during a conversation. Another thing that was addressed in the FAQs but still had problems with is the speech portion. I had to redo the speaking lesson a few times due to it stating I said it incorrectly and picking up words I didn’t say. For example, when I spoke into the phone to say “bao”, the app mistook it and put “guo.” It was extremely frustrating to have to redo a lesson multiple times due to the mic picking up a different sound.
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4 years ago, tri.ana.tri
Worst ever
I don’t know why this app has such great reviews. I’m trying to learn Hebrew and it’s the most difficult and least user friendly app out there. It hasn’t taught me to read the language and yet, it shows the words in Hebrew above the pictures so I can’t practice my pronunciation visually. Additionally, due to the lack of American translation, this throws me into sentences of which I have no idea what I’m saying and I have to figure it out based on the pictures?? Absolutely absurd as I spent three days thinking I learned to say something but when I asked my husband what The app was saying, it was a different sentence than what I had thought. I unfortunately paid 2 years worth and hope no one gets trapped into buying this as well. The first trial is easy so it makes it fun and integrative but in actuality there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason for the progression of the lessons and it won’t tell you what exactly it’s trying to teach you like plurals or colors - you figure it out as you do the lessons. Also this app is only integrative and doesn’t give other options as auditory which would a nice option to have it I’m driving or running and I can just listen along. It’s a god awful app and I wish I could get my money back.
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4 years ago, Miss Daisy!!
Great, but audio play issues
I have been enjoying Unit 1 very much. It’s broken down into 5-10 min chunks of time, and everyone has 5-10 minutes to spare! HOWEVER, throughout, I noticed that sometimes the audio files won’t automatically play. I have gotten past this by manually pressing the play button so I can hear what I was intended to hear for the lesson. My problem right now is the Unit Milestone lesson. It apparently requires a bunch of listening. BUT the audio isn’t playing (even though the pictures keep advancing), and I have no way to get around it because there is no Play button for me to manually invoke the audio play. It’s frustrating, and after sticking with it through Unit 1, it’s especially annoying because I was looking forward to the Milestone lesson and getting a good score before moving on to Unit 2. I have the most updated version of Rosetta Stone app. I use a 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 inch. I hope the folks at Rosetta Stone can get these audio issues resolved.
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1 year ago, Raewynloxley
Pretty good but one problem
Overall this app is really good… although there’s one problem when you’re looking at the pictures they show you don’t actually know what it means like the Spanish lessons lessons for travel when you’re learning you don’t know the certain Word for Word meaning they’ll show you a picture of what they’re doing and they teach you how to say it in Spanish,but you don’t actually know the exact sentence so if you read the picture wrong then you’ll end up with the wrong sentence. It’s especially annoying with pronunciation so I guess what I’m asking is just for when you figure it out from the picture and get it right you get it Word for Word after so you can still use the pictures for visual but you also get exactly what you’re saying in the language you speak,but again overall that’s really one of the only problems and I highly recommend getting the app since most of the time you can’t understand it but it would be really nice to to know Word for Word
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4 years ago, em17ne13
Wants me to purchase what I’ve already paid for...
I purchased the program for my PC (all 5 levels) and figured I would be able to access the content I paid for through the app. I was wrong. I still sign in with all the same information (user name, email, password, everything) but it doesn’t allow me to continue on with lessons I’VE ALREADY PAID FOR. I don’t understand why the app and the PC program don’t work together. They easily could and should. On my phone and iPad I’m using Duolingo as a way to keep the language fresh as I don’t always have time to login on a PC. I would love to use Rosetta Stone while I have some downtime during the day, but I’m not going to haul my computer around in order to do that. It just doesn’t make sense. The app and attitude of this company are very disappointing. It’s also disheartening to see that their response to poor reviews isn’t to actually give answers, but to ask people to go to there website and make a statement. When customer has already expressed their concern in the review, it pretty ridiculous to ask them to do the same thing in a different location. It’s just another example of them ignoring the problem.
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3 years ago, faranisn
This message needs some attention!!
Hello Rosetta team! I purchased the app 3 months ago and in the first month everything was perfect. Since the beginning of second month i started to have some problems like seeing an already finished exercise over and over and the most annoying part is i keep seeing the taskbar menu in the exercise page(below) so i have to zoom in on pictures to be able to see them and its frustrating me because i am using a handy version. I contacted you but you told me i have to wait till the next update( which i dont know when and if there is an update, will it solve my issue?!) I also experience another unpleasant issue since yesterday; i keep seeing only the exercises i did yesterday as incomplete and when i click on them to redo them in order to get rid of them, they mark themselves as completed task! But the dont disappear! I am a serious learner and work with my app everyday so this is not a type of support i expect from a big name like Rosetta Hope your technical problem soon be solved
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2 months ago, Language Lover245
Easy to follow along
For the longest time I have been trying to learn a new language and have used several apps but this is my favorite so far. I am a visual person so I like to see the image and see how things are spelled for me to understand and follow the pronunciation much closer. I am still just a few weeks in but so far I see some results. They don’t provide you with the translations which works better because you have to pay closer attention and figure it out based on the picture and the dialogue that is being used. I think that was one, of the many problems, that I had. I was always trying to translate it and just memorize the sentences, while with Rosetta Stone, is about really learning without clouding your mind with definitions and translations. It flows a little smoother. I will still have to see how far you can go with this and see if I can actually have conversations with the new languages that I plan to learn.
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9 months ago, dpangster
Very Effective
I’ve been using Rosetta Stone app for Mandarin Chinese for 12 months now and I just love it. I purchased the one year lifetime subscription with 12 months of live coaching and have since signed up for another 12 months of coaching. I’ve got my app set up for Chinese characters and there is an option for just pinyin. As I go through the lessons, I take snapshots of the parts I wasn’t clear on and take notes them. I review my notes daily and before each new lesson. I also create for each lesson and use pleco flash cards to review. My favorite part is the coaching. I use it about 3 times a week and the coaches are all fluent. They won’t speak to you in English so you’re forced to use the language you’re learning. The best part is that it isn’t just free talk. Each coaching session is based on a unit which you chose. I’ve used other programs with audio only which I also like. But I like how I can learn Chinese characters on Rosetta Stone
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4 years ago, djfjsbfnd
This app is really cool. I really really like this app. This app helps me. It really helps me. Spanish is cool on this app. It’s really cool. If you want to do Spanish use this cool app. This really really cool app. It’s so cool. Cooler than cool. I reccomend using this app because it actually works. It’s better than any other curriculum out there. It’s very cool, it’s really really cool. USE THIS COOL APP This pictures are very good and detailed, they help me a lot on learning a new language, sometimes I just look at pictures and just say the words. What’s cool about this cool app is that the lessons are ver very short. That’s means it doesn’t take long to learn a language. I don’t like how sometimes the speech part isn’t working, I’ll say the exact word like millions of times and it doesn’t recognize. I know it’s really hard to fix that. It’s still a cool app, it’s a really really cool app. Sometimes I like doing Spanish, other times it’s boring. This app helps me engage in thoughts and focus. It’s not boring and it’s cool. Really really cool
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11 months ago, Caitlin2828
Such a bad app
I like Rosetta Stone programs - I’ve used them to brush up on my Italian and Spanish, even way back when they arrived in the mail on CDs. This app, however, is TERRIBLE. Like surprisingly bad. The activities where you speak and they grade your accent are fantastic…..when the app can even hear you. Most of the time when I speak my response does not register, and it’s much worse with headphones. There’s also a strange bug right now where I can’t complete any of the lessons except the intro. I click on any lesson, it says completed (which it’s not) and sends me back to the main menu. I tried deleting the app and reinstalling, signing out and back in, nothing works. I tried going through the first lesson to see if that might let me get back to my lessons, but then it won’t register my spoken answers (see above), so I’m completely stuck. I’m visiting Lima and thought I’d do some lessons, but I just spent the last 20 minutes yelling “me llamo Felipe” into my phone to no avail. What must my neighbors think of me 😅. Anyway with all the amazing language apps out there this one is NOT worth the money. I bought a lifetime subscription which I see now was a total scam, lol.
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2 years ago, Dren60
This system is annoying
If you are color blind or you are not a mind reader, then this app is not for you. In every language as far as I can tell, they have an exercise where they show you books and ask for the color. I cannot see the differences and many times there is no context. I know color blindness affects only a relatively small percentage of men, but if you’re going to use only pictures, you need to make it so that I know what the color is for or at least make the colors on a a page very different. For me, red and green often look the same as well as some light greens and yellows (apparently, I of course can’t tell). The same thing happened with a white egg and a very light blue (apparently) egg. Additionally, many times you need to be a mind reader. You’re presented with a picture and you’re supposed to figure you what that picture is trying to say. I’ve tried with several languages over a few weeks and it’s completely frustrating. Even more annoying is that, based on my thoughts that Rosetta Stone is the best, I bought the lifetime membership. That is going to be a complete waste of money and I feel pretty stupid right now.
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