Although standard Chinese touts the honor of being the language with the most native speakers in the world, English is the most used official language. It’s also the most widely spoken second language. Current estimates indicate about 20% of the Earth’s population speaks English as their main or second language. That’s about 1.5 billion people! So learning English puts you on a path to know the most valued language across the globe.
To be able to speak English confidently in conversation, you’ll need to get beyond vocabulary lists and memorization. Studying how to speak English in context, along with practicing correct pronunciation, is the best way to learn English, or any new language.
English is commonly renowned for its extensive number of words compared to many other world languages. The reason for this stems from the fact that English was originally a Germanic language, sharing much of its grammar and vocabulary with German and Dutch, and also influenced by both French and Latin. A large number of words from those languages entered English which has a vocabulary larger than German, Dutch, or the members of the Romance languages.
The good news is that by learning the 1,000 most common English words , you will be able to comprehend close to 88% of English in conversation. This isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Take a peek at the Top 10 most common English words:
Research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning, which is exactly how Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion® methodology works. This approach effectively teaches you how to use English in everyday life, beyond just the words.
The most important components of learning a new language are practice and pronunciation. Our brief, 10 minute lessons allow you to fit practice easily in your daily life. With a new language, frequency is more important and effective than the length of your sessions, and it becomes part of your daily habit. Additionally, Rosetta Stone has an award-winning mobile app which is included with your subscription. This makes fitting in daily practice easy and convenient, and on your schedule.
In order to develop the skills to accurately pronounce English words , you will require immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. With Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine, your voice will be compared to native speakers. You will receive real-time feedback allowing you to adjust and fine-tune your accent on the spot. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the English language.
As you develop the ability to correctly pronounce basic words and short phrases, your learning progression moves to longer phrases that make up so much of everyday English conversation. By following the program, and continuing with discipline on your daily practice, you’ll be speaking English confidently in no time.
Surround yourself with English (American) whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.