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    Posted: 02 December 2009 at 10:15am
Does anybody have any experience with it? I plan on taking German either this semester or next one and am curious if Rosetta Stone is actually worth my time. My Brother used it to become fluent in French a few summers back and constantly raves on about how great a program it is, however I'm slightly skeptical.

I'll probably just torrent it, but I'm curious if its worth my time or if I should just stick with taking class at school.
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Out of curiosity, why do you want to take German?

I hear mixed reviews about RS, though. If I had to guess, I'd think how well you learn the language has more to do with learning styles instead of the effectiveness of the software.
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I'm curious about this myself. I've been looking at Rosetta Stone both to refresh and keep up on my German and to possibly learn Spanish or French.

I know that Spanish would be more useful in daily life and on my resume, but I'm not as interested in it.

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I don't really care about the software, but the chick they have in their commercials has a nice rack.
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Oddly enough, I have been considering learning German as well, but having a tough time coming off the $500+ software.

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Can you really put a price on knowledge?
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ITT: people who don't know how to pirate software.
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Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Can you really put a price on knowledge?
Apparently so.
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Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Can you really put a price on knowledge?
Apparently so.

WRONG!
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Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Can you really put a price on knowledge?
Apparently so.

WRONG!
Au contraire. You can always put a price on knowledge. In this case, about $700 for the level 1-5 set of Rosetta Stone. In the case of college, there is a price per semester, even public edumacation has a cost which is usually pretty accurately known. So in fact, you can put a price on knowledge. Knowledge always has a price and when your parents aren't paying for it, this price needs to be considered when you are also responsible for things like mortgage, food, utilities, childcare etc.
 
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I just started with the Rosetta Stone German.  It's really interesting how well it works.  The first level is it says a german phrase and you have to pick the picture that matches the phrase.  There is no translation, you just have to figure out which it is.  The actions and things get mixed up throughout, so you can pick out what is what.  After the first night I knew basic pronouns and actions.  It works pretty good, give it a try.
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Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Can you really put a price on knowledge?
Apparently so.

WRONG!
Au contraire. You can always put a price on knowledge. In this case, about $700 for the level 1-5 set of Rosetta Stone. In the case of college, there is a price per semester, even public edumacation has a cost which is usually pretty accurately known. So in fact, you can put a price on knowledge. Knowledge always has a price and when your parents aren't paying for it, this price needs to be considered when you are also responsible for things like mortgage, food, utilities, childcare etc.
 
NB4, OH yeah!?
 


OH yeah!?
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Originally posted by Eville Eville wrote:

Can you really put a price on knowledge?

God, I hope so. Otherwise I don't know why I'm paying so much for a Liberal Arts degree with a focus on philosophy.
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My daughter is using the spanish, started this fall, she already knows more spanish than I do, and I took 3 years in school...
 
Very good program.
 
 
Don't steal, its unethical. Besides, if you have to save up for something, you will treat it with more respect and will work harder to achieve your goal, than you would if you just stole it, or were given it for free.
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Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

Don't steal, its unethical.


This is true.

Quote Besides, if you have to save up for something, you will treat it with more respect and will work harder to achieve your goal, than you would if you just stole it, or were given it for free.


I'm pretty sure there's no evidence for that statement.
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can you learn American Sign Language with Rosetta stone?
Talk about "good on the resume".
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Perhaps.

Honestly, I think the top languages you can study today are Chinese, Farsi, and Spanish, depending what job you're looking at.  No matter how much we like to think English is the most important language, those three will all be shaping our country for the foreseeable future.
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I have heard that it works very well if you actually do everything it tells you to do.

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Originally posted by FreeEnterprise FreeEnterprise wrote:

My daughter is using the spanish, started this fall, she already knows more spanish than I do, and I took 3 years in school...
 
Very good program.
 
 
Don't steal, its unethical. Besides, if you have to save up for something, you will treat it with more respect and will work harder to achieve your goal, than you would if you just stole it, or were given it for free.

I agree completely with both of those statements.

Also why I no longer torrent video games.

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I did a demo of it in the mall on one of those booths, and it was pretty cool.

I agree with frozen because in the program you can "go back" or "skip" or "get help" so it can be easy to just not try.
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