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beavis
04-04-2007, 08:58 PM
I seem to remember a thread about this from many moons ago, but I'll be damned if I can find it.

Anyone have a recommendation on software for learning a foreign language? I've heard good things about Rosetta Stone, but thought I'd request some feedback before I drop the coin on it.

Thanks in advance.

Skip Towne
04-04-2007, 09:03 PM
No comprehende, amigo.

Jenson71
04-04-2007, 09:06 PM
You can do a free trial of Rosetta Stone, through their website. It gets a lot of high acclaim. Also a lot of money though.

beavis
04-04-2007, 09:37 PM
You can do a free trial of Rosetta Stone, through their website. It gets a lot of high acclaim. Also a lot of money though.
Thanks, I checked it out. There's actually quite a bit of content in the demo. Definately worth checking out.

Simplex3
04-04-2007, 09:39 PM
What language?

KC Dan
04-04-2007, 09:42 PM
Funny that this thread came up tonight. I have been learning Japanese for awhile since I work with many Japanese people and because my company is a US subsidiary of Hitachi. I tried the Rosetta Stone demo and was impressed and earlier today I bought their Japanes version and should have it early next week. I am looking forward to it. Good luck to you

Ultra Peanut
04-04-2007, 09:42 PM
Rosetta Stone is awesome, and I want the Dutch version badly.

Simplex3
04-04-2007, 09:48 PM
Funny that this thread came up tonight. I have been learning Japanese for awhile since I work with many Japanese people and because my company is a US subsidiary of Hitachi. I tried the Rosetta Stone demo and was impressed and earlier today I bought their Japanes version and should have it early next week. I am looking forward to it. Good luck to you
Got tired of them talking behind your back right in front of you, huh?

Ultra Peanut
04-04-2007, 09:50 PM
BAKA GAIJIN NE?

Coach
04-04-2007, 09:53 PM
Here ya go, sign language.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/SwedeCarlson/Funnies/avatar3542_9.jpg

KC Dan
04-04-2007, 09:54 PM
Got tired of them talking behind your back right in front of you, huh?
Nah, actually they don't do that as they want to learn English better. Hell, half the time I gotta emplore them to speak Japanese for my benefit. But, when I leave... who knows - hell I talk bad about myself behind my own back, why not them.

beavis
04-04-2007, 10:09 PM
What language?
French, God help me.

beavis
04-04-2007, 10:12 PM
Funny that this thread came up tonight. I have been learning Japanese for awhile since I work with many Japanese people and because my company is a US subsidiary of Hitachi. I tried the Rosetta Stone demo and was impressed and earlier today I bought their Japanes version and should have it early next week. I am looking forward to it. Good luck to you
How's that going for you? I always thought that would be extremely difficult to learn.

KC Dan
04-05-2007, 12:12 AM
How's that going for you? I always thought that would be extremely difficult to learn.
I seem to have the knack for proper announciation so speaking is not bad for me. The listening and understanding is another thing. That is why I am continuing to try and learn. The local CC has Japanese classes but the first is in the fall and I have had to cancel it three times in a row due to business..... Writing and reading Kanji is the big whopper hurdle and God knows if I will even learn 50 Kanji's before I die.

Pants
04-05-2007, 12:15 AM
You can do a free trial of Rosetta Stone, through their website. It gets a lot of high acclaim. Also a lot of money though.

My friend said it was free on teh intranets.

elvomito
04-05-2007, 02:52 AM
i like rosetta stone...
but the lesson menus are in the target language. its a little hard to read kanji if your going for the jap level 1

oh well, cant complain too much. i got a real good price on all the languages

Simplex3
04-05-2007, 09:02 AM
French, God help me.
LMAO

beavis
04-05-2007, 03:20 PM
oh well, cant complain too much. i got a real good price on all the languages
That was going to be my next question. Where can I get a deal on it? Couldn't find anything on ebay for much less than retail.

Jenson71
04-05-2007, 03:21 PM
That was going to be my next question. Where can I get a deal on it? Couldn't find anything on ebay for much less than retail.

If you signed up on for the demo, they sometimes have 20% off deals. I get them a lot in email. That's all that I know of.

Ari Chi3fs
04-05-2007, 04:44 PM
My friend said it was free on teh intranets.

yeah, I know a guy who knows a guy who found it on isohunt[dot]com

Fairplay
04-05-2007, 06:04 PM
French, God help me.



Rausch is really the guy to ask about this language.

Send a PM.

Silock
04-05-2007, 06:09 PM
Take a class at the community college. It's much better than trying to learn from software.

Pants
04-05-2007, 08:35 PM
Take a class at the community college. It's much better than trying to learn from software.

The only real way to learn a language is to immerse yourself and live in a country where that language is spoken for a few months. Understanding the grammar rules and having some basic vocabulary (that's what you get with classes) will only speed the process up.

I'm speaking from experience. :)

htismaqe
04-05-2007, 08:51 PM
The only real way to learn a language is to immerse yourself and live in a country where that language is spoken for a few months. Understanding the grammar rules and having some basic vocabulary (that's what you get with classes) will only speed the process up.

I'm speaking from experience. :)

I agree.

beavis
04-05-2007, 10:22 PM
The only real way to learn a language is to immerse yourself and live in a country where that language is spoken for a few months. Understanding the grammar rules and having some basic vocabulary (that's what you get with classes) will only speed the process up.

I'm speaking from experience. :)
That's all I'm looking for. I don't expect to be able to carry on a conversation or anything. But I'd least like to look like I'm putting forth a little effort before I get there.

Pants
04-05-2007, 10:54 PM
That's all I'm looking for. I don't expect to be able to carry on a conversation or anything. But I'd least like to look like I'm putting forth a little effort before I get there.

I think it's an awesome idea to do what you have in mind. I wasn't trying to say you shouldn't do it, quite the contrary. I think it's a very good way of starting to learn a new language, which, in itself, is a massive undertaking. It's certainly much better than taking juco courses, IMO. No pressure, you go at your own pace using a proven method and it's much, much cheaper.

Silock
04-05-2007, 11:06 PM
The only real way to learn a language is to immerse yourself and live in a country where that language is spoken for a few months. Understanding the grammar rules and having some basic vocabulary (that's what you get with classes) will only speed the process up.

I'm speaking from experience. :)

Okay. Now, let's be realistic, here. Most of us can't just pick up and trot off to a foreign country to learn the language. Of course that's the best way, but it's not entirely practical for most people :)