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Rosetta Stone is a language-learning software program aimed at teaching foreign languages using interactive images and audio. You can by individual packages or bundles, as each language has up to three levels. Typical prices for all the levels run from US$350 to US$500, although it is occasionally available via various library and employer offers. Rosetta Stone has well-known brand name and a large advertising budget ($98.5 million in 2011, according to the New York Times). It's widely available in US bookstores and from online retailers

Rosetta Stone is intended to simulate natural learning by immersion, but the extent to which is does so is controversial, as described by the researcher Stephen Krashen. Rosetta Stone avoids using the student's native language, relying heavily on pictures and multiple choice exercises, and it does not explicitly teach grammar.

Reviews by polyglots and linguistsEdit

These reviews are written either by professional linguists, or by people who have learned multiple foreign languages to a high level. Several of these reviews describe the program in great detail.

The consensus is that Rosetta Stone is an expensive course, and not a particularly good even when compared to cheaper courses.

HTLAL threads about Rosetta StoneEdit

There have been lots of HTLAL threads about Rosetta Stone. Here are a few interesting ones:

In general, Rosetta Stone is not popular at HTLAL. There are several people who like to use it as a vocabulary supplement, especially if they can get it at a reduced price. And there have been a few success stories mentioned on the forum, most of them second-hand.

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