Learning Arabic at Home with Rosetta Stone
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We’ve been using Rosetta Stone for our language learning for many years. Our high school senior studied French when he was in late elementary when Rosetta Stone was still available through our public library. Almost two years ago, I purchased Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish for the whole family. Ethan has taken Arabic in the past and was excited to revisit it and complete a whole credit for high school foreign language. Rosetta Stone rounds out his experience very well so, let me explain more about Learning Arabic at Home with Rosetta Stone.
Homeschool Lessons with Rosetta Stone Arabic
With all the languages available to study through Rosetta Stone, why did we choose Arabic? We chose it because Ethan, our senior, has taken Arabic in the past and he wanted to add to his credit count in this language. His first experience was a co-op class and he also took Arabic from a native speaker in Egypt. The key to learning with Rosetta Stone is the immersion in the language.
- Language Immersion– If you talk to anyone who has visited a foreign country and lived there for any length of time, they often come home speaking somewhat fluently. Why is it that students who study a foreign language for years in a classroom may never speak that language fluently? Immersion. When you are forced to use only the new language, you get good at it quickly! Rosetta Stone uses the way baby’s learn their first language to teach a new one and that is a form of immersion. From the comfort of your own home.
- Self-Paced & Self-Guided Lessons– Once you sit down to begin a lesson, you’ll hear the narrator say words and you must match them to the pictures based on the cues. Your student’s job is to repeat words for pronunciation and identify others with the pictures they go with.
- Hear Arabic Words & See Them Written– in the Arabic alphabet. Arabic is a fun language to pursue because the alphabet is completely new.
- Homeschool Resource CD– which comes with the homeschool edition has a written transcript for everything spoken in each level.
Benefits of Learning Arabic with Rosetta Stone Homeschool
We chose Rosetta Stone over other language experience years ago for specific reasons, so my benefit list is long.
- Use with Multiple Students– You can have up to five profiles on one homeschool version set. Right now I have one student studying Arabic and Spanish and another working through Spanish.
- Easy to Install– It only takes a few minutes on the computer or you can purchase a web based version so you can learn languages on the go!
- Comes with its Own Headset– This may seem trivial, but I have to tell you this is one nice headset! I use it for all my online recordings as well like G+ Hangouts and webinars.
- Pay a One Time Fee– Rather than paying for classes and paying for each child, you can purchase more than one level at a time and it can be used for your whole family for the duration of their language studies. We chose a language all of our kids could learn for this reason. The bonus is being able to choose others if we’d like.
- Self-Paced Lessons for All– Each student can reach milestones during each level at their own pace.
- Access Multiple Languages from One Program if You Own More than One– We have both Arabic and Spanish on our computer and when you open Rosetta Stone students can choose their language and level. Once a profile is made for them, they can access any of the languages you’ve purchased.
- Use Parent Administrative Tools – to track student progress and make tweaks in lesson plans. This is a nice perk if you have more than one student using the same language at a time. It helps you to know how they are doing and what they need to work on. Often I am around while they are doing a lesson, so I can hear how things are going.
- Speak the Language Consistently during Every Lesson– The core of the lesson is speaking and listening so you will have repeated practice at pronunciation and fluency. Many times in traditional language teaching programs students engage in little speaking during class time or, in my experience teachers always call on the students they love to hear! Your student is prompted to speak and has to do it well for the voice recognition. That’s a win!
- Hear the Language Spoken as You Learn– Helps to avoid pronunciation blunders as you learn. You’ll hear whole sentences in addition to words regularly.
- Engage in Conversation– Lessons provide a repeating segment and a conversation segment giving you the chance to practice speaking conversationally. If more than one student is taking the lessons, they can talk to each other and this is a great way for me to see they are learning. In addition, the homeschool edition comes with an audio practice CD so you can practice even more!
In my great search for the foreign language credit for high schoolers and reconciling that with the requirements of colleges and universities, I’ve found Rosetta Stone to be a good fit.
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I’m very interested in this! My daughter is starting Italian classes with an Italian woman and we’ve been wanting her to practice on her own as well. We’re planning on using DuoLingo which also has many languages available and it’s free. I was wondering if you know any major differences between the two…I’m thinking our program doesn’t making you actually speak…because it doesn’t use the microphone. But I’m not sure. That would be a great reason to go with Rosetta. Thanks for the review!
I’m not familiar with DuoLingo, but our library has Mango for free. It’s just not the same experience and it’s less robust. It seemed like every time we went to log in, it wasn’t up. Sometimes it’s good to just go the ol’ CD route! The nice thing about Rosetta Stone, is that frequently have big sales and it’s a one time purchase for any language. More than free it’s true, but reliable. Enjoy your Italian lessons!
My son uses Rosetta Stone (Latin American Spanish) as well as DuoLingo Spanish. Rosetta is an immersion program; DuoLingo is not. We enjoy DuoLingo as a supplement (especially since it is FREE, and it is quality), but it cannot compare with the structure and depth of Rosetta Stone.
Thanks for weighing in Amy!
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