I really want to learn Spanish. I know some Spanish, but I've forgotten more and more of my Spanish because there is no one in Appalachia who speaks Spanish (at least not in this town). I do try to read Spanish websites when possible, but I was wondering if the Rosetta Stone is worth the cost. Does anyone have any experience with the program? I am thinking about using it as a stepping stone so I can eventually go to Spanish-speaking forums and not feel completely lost. My eventual goal is to learn enough Spanish to become fluent and even work in bilingual radio, bilingual voice commercials, etc.
I've been trying for years to learn Spanish for free. I went through Spanish 4 in school and knew enough to communicate while I was in Spain. I can still read a newspaper and understand the gist of it, but I'm especially bad with listening and speaking Spanish off the top of my head. Plus, I keep getting told many of the free sites are not accurate. And many times I try to write to Spanish speakers, but they normally want to practice their English, which I completely understand.
I've tried Rosetta Stone to learn Italian, it seemed to be ok, but I only had one of the versions it was a lot of visual and i have already forgotten what I learned LOL!!!!
Good post though, I am sure you will get some feed back :)
I wish I knew the answer to this and I'm interested to see what people say!
I am currently trying to learn several languages, not like all the time but bits here and there. One of them is Spanish, but I started that one last and all I know is the words for: brown, yellow, red, blue, yesterday etc. As well as some apps on my phone - but most don't talk except for one of the Japanese ones - I have some Berlitz CDs. I was a bit disappointed though. While the first one in the pack is cool, it has about 8 languages and games to teach you some vocab, questions, numbers, days of the week etc, the next CDS (which are in Arabic, that's the pack I bought) are only CDs you listen to and while the games for the 8 languages inc Arabic and Spanish are fun and yes you can hear them too, with the other CDs you only listen. I WILL do more with it later!
I started to learn a bit of Spanish before we went to Barcelona recently, only to find out they speak Catalonian, quite different from the rest of Spain and perhaps Spanish speaking world but I could read a wee bit of both.
So, I'm also interested to hear if anyone has experiences with it and how it was. I got a free version of the Arabic Rosetta stone once, but it seemed quite fast. THEN AGAIN, I think if I persevered I would have got used to it, the Japanese app seemed faster in the beginning and now I can hear it better than before.
Another thing I did was yesterday, as I was in a restaurant that is Brazilian and Mexican, I tried to pronounce the words and what I didn't know, I asked, how do you say that sound? And, can you remind me how to say that, please?
I looked up meetup groups for you too, but nope, not in Appalachia, unless you wanted to start one!
Modest, have you tried the libraries in your area. Where I live, they do offer foreign language CD's and they also have some at the community college, which are all free.
Just my two cents worth.
LMAO I just this week asked the universe for a free version of Rosetta Stone in Spanish. When I get mine and learn I will pass it to you!!!!!! Adios mi amiga!!!
LOL! I live in Appalachia. We do have a couple of libraries, but the public one doesn't really have much and the community college only has a sample of Rosetta Stone which wouldn't work on my computer b/c it was for Microsoft 2000 and under or something (it was a really old version).
I think my friend said she tried Rosetta Stone a few years ago and had some success. I"ve considered using it as well because around here, Portuguese is a huge language, and I know about two words of it!
I live in Athens, Ohio...there's a Spanish conversation night here at one of the bars. How far out in the boonies do you live? Can you get a library card in a different town that has more resources? I have Rosetta Stone. It's good if you are someone who learns well using rote methods. I get bored with it and prefer to use cd's by Michel Thomas. P.S. I got Rosetta Stone and the cd's off the internet for free!
Please hare how you got it Tee Jay! :) :) :)
Here I'm "haring" how! haha
You can also voice chat on a website called LiveMocha. You basically talk to students and stuff from other countries. I did that at one point and my spanish skills greatly improved. Unfortunately I didn't keep up lol, but I made a great friend.
I think one of my friends might have mentioned Michael Thomas to me, it rings a bell. I got to try that Live Mocha thing.
Not that I'll probably go back to Egypt for a while but it would be so cool if the next time I AM with hubby's family, we are not hanging out and they speak no English (as they live in an Arabic-speaking country and have no need to, unlike hubby who has me AND some of his clients speak English as well as Arabic) and I speak VERY LITTLE Arabic!
It sounds like a fun way to learn!