Three weeks ago, I was telling you that Rosetta Stone surprised me. Now I can say that I am no longer so “surprised” by Rosetta Stone, but I still consider it a relatively good resource.
Rosetta Stone offers a special offer for students learning from home because of COVID-19: you can learn any foreign language (from those offered by the company) for 3 months, for free. No credit/debit card required. All you have to do is put the name and email of the parent or guardian (?), and you’re done, you’ve entered the main page.
After a month of use, the image-translation system becomes a little annoying. For those who don’t know, Rosetta Stone, unlike programs like Babbel or Memrise, does not have courses for English speakers, but courses for speakers of… anything. That’s because Rosetta Stone does not offer translation in English (or any other language) for newly learned words and phrases, but pictures. At first it may seem like a great idea, because there are many (especially in Asia and South America) who want to learn languages like Spanish or French, but do not know English. But after a while, it becomes stressful to learn only from pictures. Especially if (as is sometimes the case) the pictures are wrongly chosen or have poor quality.
Their speech recognition technology (called TruAccent) is pretty good, but not as good as Babbel’s.
The course is long, each unit (there are 12 units) has four lessons, each of these 4 having between 6 and 20 sub-lessons. A sub-lesson can last between 5 minutes and 45 minutes.
What do I think about Rosetta Stone, after a month of almost daily use? Although my enthusiasm for this resource has declined dramatically in recent weeks, I still consider it better than its reputation. Many users say on Reddit that it’s not even worth downloading it from The PirateBay (hehe), let alone paying for it. Under these conditions, would I have paid 12$ a month? Probably yes, given how few resources there are for Hebrew. But if I had learned another more common language, like French or Dutch, I would have chosen Babbel instead of Rosetta Stone.