Product Review: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin American)

I recently purchased and began using the Rosetta Stone Spanish for Latin America eSTA ES MI BICICLETA computer training course.  I’ve found interest among other geeks to be very high, so here is a quick review and some important information about purchasing the course.

First, let me say that I’m incredibly pleased with the course, and so far am amazed by my progress in a very short amount of time.

Spanish comes in 5 levels, each level costs about $200, but buying more than one level at a time can cut that cost significantly.  There is a six month return policy, but only if you  buy directly from Rosetta Stone.  I split the difference and bought the first three levels.

A few fast observations

  • Nothing is explained, everything is demonstrated.  Context is king.
  • I’m never lost
  • It is very enjoyable
  • I can understand much more than I can speak
  • I can read more than I can write
  • It is going more quickly than I expected
  • There is a lot of interaction in many different ways
  • The voice recognition is excellent (you can set how picky you want it to be)
  • The “extras” are amazing, including setting up time with a native speaker and even being connected to another student who speaks the language you are learning and is learning the language you speak (!)

      A few things to know

      1. The price seems significantly reduced until Christmas

      2. There is a FANTASTIC practice application (with speech recognition) for the-phone-that-must-not-be-named

      3. If you are going to learn Spanish you have to pick Latin American or Spain, and there are significant differences ( I went with Latin American)

      4. The levels are each divided into 4 units, and each unit is divided into 5-10 activities, so you get a lot of material in each level. Level 1 Unit 1 took me about a week of about an hour a day.

      Recommendation: BUY, but get the six month guarantee; you can’t know how you’ll do with a program like this in just a few weeks, you have to work with it for a while and then assess.
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    About Jesse Liberty

    Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.
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    4 Responses to Product Review: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin American)

    1. kamran says:

      After Rosetta, you might want to check out Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI) Spanish. It contains very fast spoken dialog, which is essential to to train your ear, covers all grammar, and a 9,000 word vocab. It not as fun as Pimsluer or Rosetta, but is highly effective.

    2. Rob says:

      Thanks for sharing. I’ve been on the fence and you pushed me over. German starts on Tuesday. BTW, I called them to ask about delivery and where the product ships from. Without asking for it, they upgraded to free expedited shipping so I would have it before leaving on Christmas vacation.

    3. Karen says:

      I have been toying with the idea of purchasing this software but was unsure due to previous learn-a-language software debacles. I’m glad you shared your pleasant experience… now I am one excuse closer to learning Spanish.

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