Is Rosetta Stone Language-Learning Software Worth the Investment?

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Usually, I am the one dishing out advice about technology but today I want to turn the tables. For at least the past three years I have been debating whether or not to purchase the Rosetta Stone language-learning software to learn Spanish.

Things That Have Prevented Me From Taking the Leap

  • The software is expensive
  • I’m not sure the novelty won’t wear off after a few weeks and I will shelve the software for “another time”
  • It’s a better deal if you buy all 3 sets up front but I’m worried I won’t stay committed to the entire course (see above)

Not much I can do about bullet points two and three (I just have to get my mind straight) but Amazon is tempting me once again with the first roadblock I mentioned—price. Between now and April 14, Amazon has their Rosetta Stone software titles 20% off. That’s a good chunk of change if you buy one of the full series.

How About You?

So I ask you? Has anyone purchased the Rosetta Stone software to learn a language? Did you stick with it? Do you feel it adequately taught you the language? What language did you learn? And finally, was it worth the investment?

Lots of questions but I’d love to hear your feedback. Just hurry and leave your comment before April 14th!


  1. Patric, if you want to learn a language (and for free!) use the library’s electronic language resources.  JCPL uses something called “Tell Me More”:

    “Tell Me More is a comprehensive web-based learning tool to help you master Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, French, English, Dutch, Chinese, or Arabic.”

    If you’re eligible for JCPL that would be the way to go.  If you run out of steam there’s nothing lost.  Even if you aren’t eligible for JCPL I would bet that the other local libraries supply something similar.  [No, i haven’t tried Tell Me More yet.  :o) I can’t quite seem to get started on it…]

    From what I understand Rosetta Stone is pretty great, but why spend a lot of money for something that might be ignored after a few days?  Or maybe you could buy someone’s used copy?  I bet lots of people have the programs gathering dust on a shelf and would love to recoup some of their original purchase price.  Good deal or not, I’d try some other options first.

  2. I really love the Pimsleur cds. They have worked very well for me. There are places where you can buy them and keep them as long as you like but if you want to you can sell them back to the company an make a fair amount of money back. Sometimes you can buy used sets as well.

    The bottom line is that I really like the teaching process that they use. No visuals like Rosetta but I have tried that as well and learn better using the Pimsleur method.

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