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Language learning software Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is a language learning software named after the Egyptian stone created in 196 BC and discovered by the French in 1799 in Rosetta, a Mediterranean harbour in Egypt. The translation of two Egyptian languages and classic Greek greatly helped to understand the principles of hieroglyphic writing.

Effective Teaching / Learning Techniques

Language teaching through the Rosetta Stone software utilizes the four most common techniques in language teaching: Listening, Reading, Oral Delivery, Comprehension and Creative Writing. The Reading and Listening sections use native speakers to provide the natural flow of everyday conversation. Speaking or Oral Delivery lessons provide the learner with dynamic speech recognition so that s/he can compare his / her pronunciation with that of native speakers. Reading section asks the language learner to link the written words with images of objects, that is linking the Signifier with the Signified. Users of the Rosetta Stone software can also develop their writing skills whith a smart program that enables the learner to write down the text s/he can choose to listen to. In other words, the software carries out a kind of dictation. It then checks your work for errors.

Levels of Learning

Most of the foreign language teaching courses provided by the Rosetta Stone language teaching software are divided into two different levels. American English, French and Latin American Spanish courses are separated into two levels, whereas Latin has only one level. All of the courses use the same set of words, sentences and images in the same order. This is a definite advantage to users who wish to learn more than one foreign language at a time. Level I consists of eight units and 92 total lessons. It guides the learner through simple lessons of vocabulary and basic verb tenses (present, past and future tenses) by providing clear instructions. Level II offers nine units with 118 lessons focused on more advanced grammar and specific topics of everyday life, using short video clips in Quick Time format. Level III offers writing sections and video material to expand the level of knowledge.

Practical and Time-effective

Since the Rosetta Stone Language Learning software can be installed onto a personal computer, the foreign language learner des not have to try to fit his or her foreign language learning and practice into a busy schedule. The learner can thus enjoy studying a foreign language of his / her choice at his / her own pace and discretion. Thus, the learner does feel any kind of stress or pressure. Lessons even get recorded so that the learner can pick up where s/he last left off. In fact, learners do not have to memorize a long list of new words and translate them into their native language, unlike for several language learning lessons. Basic vocabulary lessons dispensed by the Rosetta Stone software consist of 10 groups, each using four images to match with the written text that is also pronounced by a native speaker. Users thus learn and memorize without putting any special effort into it. The software in question also uses a unique voiceprint technology that allows the learner to pronounce the words while the software AI provides feedback right away.

Providing a panoply of 30 languages to learn, Rosetta Stone was chosen by the U.S. Army, NASA and over 10,000 schools around the world. These 30 languages have been carefully selected, since they are spoken by more than 90% of the world population. Thanks to its gradual system of teaching / learning that is carefully sequenced into gaining new vocabulary and grammar, Rosetta Stone works efficiently for foreign language learners at different stages. Rosetta Stone has won a number of awards like the Gold Awards for Best CD-ROMs Used in School, the Best CD-ROM for Language Learning i-Magic Awards in 1996 and the Best Software in Second Language Learning Program annual awards by ComputEDmagazine in 1994 and 1996.