Or, for my English speaking friends…Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone.
Last Thursday I secretly kicked of “Thankful Thursdays” with my post about Pinterest. I won’t promise to post every single Thursday, but it is my goal. In these posts I want to share thanks that I’m grateful for.
Today…it’s Rosetta Stone Spanish.
I’m embarrassed to say I’ve attempted to learn Spanish many times and in many different ways. I learned enough years ago to ask for a drink, order some food, and ask for a bathroom.
In May 2011, I signed up for a Spanish class at a local community college thinking that would do the trick. It didn’t go well. On one occasion the instructor asked me the word for “book” and I said “libra”. She basically made fun of me. Really? The actual Spanish word for “book” is “libro”. I was one letter off, but apparently that was a cardinal sin to her. Shortly after that, I had to take an emergency trip to Colorado because my grandfather became terminally ill. After missing a few classes I knew I would never catch up and frankly after the whole “book” incident, I didn’t have the desire to go back any way. So, I dropped it.
Fast forward to right before Christmas 2012. Groupon was offering a huge discount on Rosetta Stone. I jumped on it. I wondered if maybe it would be an abbreviated version of their courses, but near as I can tell it’s the full version.
I’ve been using Rosetta Stone for about two week, but it wasn’t until January 1st that I made a goal of practicing ever day. Since then, I have only missed one day and I gave myself a break because it was my birthday.
I love the techniques Rosetta Stone uses:
- There is absolutely no English. They use photos and repeated use of the words. After a few uses, it becomes easy to deduce the meaning of the new word(s).
- Lessons include listening, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and writing.
- Every so often it throws in a review of previously lessons.
- It scores each lesson and if your score falls below a certain level, it offers the chance to re-do the lesson. I think the minimum score is 75%, but I haven’t paid a lot of attention. If it suggests re-doing the lesson I do it.
- There are 4 CDs packed full of lessons. I’m not even through CD 1.
Here is the GREAT news…
Last night I was watching a show in which a couple of characters spoke some Spanish. I actually knew what they were saying without looking at the captions. I was THRILLED!
I have a very long way to go (especially when it comes to the grammar), but I’m feeling motivated. For the first time, I think I actually might learn Spanish and that’s a great thing since I love Latin America.