Rosetta Stone Italian Review
As we said, Rosetta Stone is probably one of the most popular Italian courses.
In general, the course is pretty fun and keeps you motivated. As you learn the vocabulary, you feel like you are making real progress. And this helps you develop a learning habit.
Rosetta Stone is aware of the fact that no one really likes grammar, so she won’t make you go through complex grammar rules.
In general, she doesn’t explain much about the rules of Italian, but it’s based on the “acquisition” model.
This model basically refers to how children acquire the language, that is, in a rather natural way. For instance, it’ll give you pictures, and you have to select the right answer.
This is why Rosetta Stone is so popular.
However, it’s not a perfect course because you can’t really learn that much with just pictures. You’ll learn the most popular expressions and some vocabulary, but it won’t help you get fluent.
In other words, it’s a good course if what you want is to improve your vocabulary, but if your aim is to become a fluent speaker we don’t recommend it.
Rosetta Stone review: Is it worth the money?
It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want to learn vocabulary and lots of new expressions, then it’ll be worth it.
But if you want to become fluent and practice with native speakers, you should probably look somewhere else.
Anyway, Rosetta Stone offers a three-day free trial, so you can give it a go for free and see if it’s worth it.
Once you select your language and level —beginner, intermediate, or proficient— you can choose your goal which will determine your learning plan and schedule.
There are 4 different plans depending on your goals:
- Basic & Beyond
Can you become fluent with Rosetta Stone?
According to them, the amount of time it will take you to learn a new language using Rosetta Stone is up to you and really depends on how much time you want to dedicate to your language journey.
In theory, it takes approximately 120 – 150 hours to complete the content in Units 1-12 and 200+ hours to complete Units 1-20.
They recommend making the most of the course and spending some time in Language Training as well as in Extended Learning activities like Stories, Phrasebook, Seek & Speak.
So you can make your own conclusions depending on how much free time you have.
Rosetta Stone users’ reviews
If our review is not enough, we’ve prepared a list of some really good reviews and some others that are not so good. This way you can get a better idea:
Alternative: Ripeti Con Me
A great alternative if you really want to learn Italian is Ripeti Con Me.
Ripeti Con Me will make you think in Italian.
Basically, you will improve your Italian just by listening and repeating sentences, meaning your listening skills will get better as well as your pronunciation.
As you listen to the course, you will notice small changes in the sentences. You may not notice the changes at first, but you’ll soon realize that just by listening, your Italian is improving.
All it takes is 20 minutes every day, and you’ll start thinking in Italian in just a few days.
And the great thing is that you can start a 7-day free trial!
Why not give it a go?
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