Rosetta Stone touts itself as one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn a new language. However, its learning system also carries a rather steep price tag: $300-$500 for the complete set. Of course this price is without any specials/discounts the company may be running at any given time. Still, if you're going to spend that kind of money on a language course, you might want to try it first.
The Rosetta Stone Web site offers a free demo of its software. Though, if you're thinking of learning in your free time, you might consider using the Android version of the app. Using the mobile app means that you can make use of those extra minutes when you're traveling via public transportation or waiting in a doctor's office. Fortunately, you can test-drive the Android app, too.
Download a copy of Rosetta Course for your Android device. The app works for Android devices 2.2 and up.
If you've never worked with a Rosetta Stone product that required an account, you'll need to register so you can log in to the app.
Once signed in, you can select the language you want to demo. For those of you who may be reading this whole post before downloading, your choices of language are: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (American, British), Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America, Spain), Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
You won't get stuck with the language you choose. The next sample is just a few taps away in the Settings menu. If you want to see how a language is taught -- despite all languages being taught in a similar fashion -- this feature is very useful.
To get the most out of your demo, it's a good idea to set up your audio recognition. The app will listen to your words and syllables, notifying you of how accurately they were pronounced. After that, you can dive right into the lesson.
Rosetta Stone divides languages into levels (three to five levels, depending on language), and within those levels you'll find four core lessons. Each lesson can also have several parts.
The demo gives access to the Level 1, Core Lesson 1 activities. As someone who has used Rosetta Stone past that point, I think this is a decent sample of what you can expect from the software.
What do you think? Is Rosetta Stone for you? Does being able to maximize free time with the mobile version make it more useful than other software? Share your thoughts in the comments.