Welcome to the Rosetta Stone Blog!

We’re launching the Rosetta Stone blog for discussion on the role of technology and pedagogy in changing how people learn languages. And we also wanted to provide an opportunity for you to get to know us better and for us to get to know you.

Rosetta Stone CEOOur intention is not to have a blog just for the sake of being current – no technology for technology’s sake, we like to say. This is about opening up the conversation and providing a focused forum for debate on new ideas and practices in the field of language learning. Clearly, there is lots of soul searching going on out there about tech-enabled language learning – what’s lacking is the participation of leading practitioners and a framework for the debate. We hope to change that.

Meanwhile, although we’ve been thinking about language-learning issues for some time already, I think we’re humble enough to realize that there are opinions out there that we’re not getting. We need a broader discussion.

What we know is this: The world is still searching for better ways to learn languages. And although we’ve already done a lot to drive innovation in language training, there continues to be room for improvement. Our industry needs fresh thinking and debate.

Use this blog as a resource and check back frequently as Rosetta Stone employees will be posting regularly. I hope you enjoy our company blog and thanks for reading.

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  • http://www.websu.me/gabrielsundaram Gabriel

    It would be great if the rosettastone.com website had an online translation dictionary. There are of course many websites that offer this service, but for RosettaStone it would be a great way to increase its presence online (creating 1000’s of indexed pages), while offering a relevant, related service.

    The Rosetta Stone product and brand are awesome, I think being top of mind when someone is thinking about a foreign language (looking for a translation) would just help reinforce it.

    • rvoiceadmin

      Thanks for your suggestion, Gabriel! We’ll pass your comment on to the appropriate department.

  • http://www.121speech.com Craig Jull

    I think it is a great idea of having an open forum on language learning.
    With online language learning new technology is developing so fast bringing the need of how best to implement it and developing new methods.
    The Internet is the worlds most powerful tool, so use it to your advantage!

  • http://www.rosettastone.com Tom Adams

    I take your point about how having an online dictionary might generate more business for Rosetta Stone… However, it still might not be the right thing to do. 🙂

    We agree that translation is a useful reference tool, but we believe it’s a slow way to get toward speaking a language with ease. Rosetta Stone solutions are about getting you to speaking proficiency as quickly as possible, so we do the hard work of crafting content that lets you make a direct connection between words and their meaning, without an intermediate translation step.

    My own personal experience is that learning without crutches is better. When I tried learning German with lots of translation help, it made studying easier, but real learning was undoubtedly delayed. In contrast, with Spanish, I went full immersion and denied myself any crutches – relying on my own wits (and a Spanish-only teacher) to figure out what the language meant so that I learned in a way that stuck.

    Anyway, I will post something on it soon. I think that it will probably be a subject that draws some good discussion.


  • Malwina Białek

    Being fluent in a foreign language opens doors of opportunity for us. Speaking the language is very important; nontheless, knowing the cultures of the people that speak it is crucial to full understanding of the language.

    Since technology is available to us, I think short videos presenting different situations would give the learner better understanding of the language. For example, after, or instead of, “Milestones” learner could be provided with video or series of videos presenting selected situations from the unit.

  • http://www.121speech.com Craig Jull

    “The quality of feedback is important,” according to Mike Levy, head of the school of languages and linguistics at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. “Sites with human contact work best,” he said. “This shows the advantage of humans compared to computers. A computer is never as subtle or intelligent.”

    There is still no substitute for using trained teaching professionals to learn the language and culture.

    • rvoiceadmin

      Absolutely. We agree Craig, that’s why we introduced TOTALe last summer and are now bringing those features to everyone later this year. It’s also why RS is being successfully used in nearly 20,000 schools.

  • rvoiceadmin

    Hi, Malwina. Thanks for your suggestions. We appreciate your feedback!

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