Rosetta Stone, Inc., a division of IXL Learning, is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages, including several endangered languages.
Rosetta Stone began with one man's dream to find a better way to learn a language. That dream has since evolved into one of the most recognized technology-based learning companies in the world.
After struggling to learn Russian through traditional methods, Founder Allen Stoltzfus set out to develop an effective way to learn a new language through natural immersion in the late 1980s. He envisioned using computer technology to simulate the way that people learn their native language—with pictures and sounds in context, and with no translation—and innovate language education for learners of all ages. Stoltzfus enlisted the help of his brother-in-law, John Fairfield, to explore the possibilities of making his dream a reality and in 1992, CD-ROM technology made the project possible. Together they founded Fairfield Language Technologies in Harrisonburg, VA with Stoltzfus at the helm as the company's first Chairman and President. He recruited his brother, Eugene Stoltzfus, to lend his design expertise to the structural and visual components of the program. The resulting product was then named “Rosetta Stone”, after the artifact that had unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphics for linguists. The name certainly fits, as Rosetta Stone products now unlock learning success for millions of users worldwide.