Rosetta Stone

Why Not to Use a Phrase Book

Let me share a couple of anecdotes about what can happen when you take language-learning shortcuts by only memorizing phrases—and not really immersing yourself in the language. Gallia omnis divisa…

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Rosetta Stone

Lost in Translation

“Yes, it’s software for your computer. Yes, Rosetta Stone. Like the stone in the British Museum.” Another wedding guest wished to know how I had learnt my seemingly “excellent French.”…

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Rosetta Stone

Does Practice Make Perfect?

I say no. I find this cliché to be the cause of incessant frustration and a tragic wasting of years. It’s an old saying that needs a redefining twist in…

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Rosetta Stone

Sound vs. Meaning

The other day a friend of mine confessed that to him spoken French has no meaning. He finds French mastery a hopeless endeavor and has no ambition whatsoever to continue…

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