My Thus Far Experience with Rosetta Stone

I started using Rosetta Stone to learn French a little over a month ago.  I hesitate to call this a review, because one month is not long enough to tell whether I will be successful at this.  However, one month in I definitely have some opinions to share!

So, to start, I bought the electronic version of this from Rosetta Stone itself on a pre-Christmas deal.  I believe the 2 year subscription package I bought was normally $250 for one code to be used on the app and on the desktop.  However, I got two codes for $150.  I felt like this was a pretty good deal, and I was able to give that code to my sister so she can learn with me!

I should preface anything further by stating that I am a dunce at second languages.  I managed to avoid them in high school by taking law, economics, keyboarding...anything at all to keep me away from it.  When I was attending a local college to get my basics for my degree, there was a requirement for a second language.  I took the first level of Spanish.  I was intimidated everyday and while I got an A overall, I disliked going to that class very much.  I also couldn't afford the text book, which I think cost more than the class itself, so as the young people say, the struggle was real.

When you get into your Rosetta Stone app it is easy to navigate. You pick a plan, and it sets you up for 5 days a week.  Once you get into your daily lessons, English is no more.  You listen to, read and speak your selected language only.  I feel like this helps you learn similar to how toddlers learn to speak a language.  They hear it in context with a visual, they see letters in context with a visual and they repeat things they hear.  Over time, they improve and before long, they are speaking.

My dad was a native French speaker, and I regret that I did not force him to teach me when I was young.  As an English only speaker (for now!), I struggle with gendered nouns.  My mind was blown when I started learning colors, but then the color changed in spelling if it described an object that was male versus female.  I struggle with some of the grammatical rules, like how to assign possession to something, and when and how to be formal.

However, my personal mental roadblocks aside, I find that Rosetta Stone is a fantastic learning tool.  I enjoy it, my time spent using it doesn't feel like work.  It requires me to do a lot of speaking and sometimes I am frustrated by how it doesn't recognize how hard I am trying, but I think this is a good way to perfect the pronunciation.  I would say I know a few hundred French words now and since I only knew two going in (oui and non), I would say I am off to a good start!

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