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How Long Does It Take To Learn A Language

Choosing to learn a new language is an exciting challenge. And there are endless benefits that come along with it, personally and professionally. One of the most common questions that people have when setting out on this adventure is “how long does it take to learn a language?” There are some commonalities when answering that question, but the primary answer is that it is mainly up to you.

The amount of time it will take someone to learn a new language using the Rosetta Stone program is really up to the person who is doing the learning. Learning a new language is a dynamic and on-going venture, and depends on how much time one has to dedicate to the journey. With that said, below are the average times it takes for a learner to work through our online program:

  • 120-150 hours to complete levels 1-3
  • 200+ hours to complete levels 1-5

The old adage “practice makes perfect” is particularly relevant when it comes to learning a new language. And the fastest way to learn a language along with your daily practice, is using a well-established language learning program. And this is where Rosetta Stone has the advantages to help you.

How Rosetta Stone Can Help

With over 25 years of language learning expertise, Rosetta Stone recognizes that anyone has the ability to learn to speak, write, and read a new language with ease and confidence. Our patented method of language learning, Dynamic Immersion®, is a proven method to help you acquire vocabulary and phrases in the context in which they’re used in everyday conversations. New language learners will build confidence speaking, and thrive in real-world situations that don’t follow a script.

There’s not much point in memorizing vocabulary words if you can’t pronounce them properly and understand them in daily conversations. Rosetta Stone will ensure you get your pronunciation right from your very first lesson using our speech recognition engine called TruAccent® . This patented technology compares your voice to thousands of native speakers, and gives you real-time feedback on your accent. This allows you the opportunity to make the necessary corrections to fine-tune your efforts on the spot.

The more you practice, the sharper your language skills become. In order to make practice part of your daily routine, we have an award-winning mobile app that allows you to fit your language learning in conveniently on your schedule. Brief, 10-minute lessons are available to you whenever and wherever, and can be done online or offline. With Rosetta Stone’s program and features, you’ll be speaking like a local in your new language in no time!

Try Our Award-Winning App

Surround yourself with a language 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.

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I've been using Rosetta Stone for years to gain basic competency in multiple languages including German, French, Italian, and recently Chinese and Russian. Starts with the very basics teaching basic vocabulary and grammar without any memorization. I've even impressed some locals in my travels with pronunciation and fluency. This is an excellent place to start if interested in starting to learn a new language or brushing up on one learned years ago.

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I am trying out Rosetta Stone, to see if it will help out with the correct grammar and conversation (as well as learning how to read and write the language). Within a week, I can already master the sentence structure and start learning the grammar with particles. The local community is so excited to see that I am starting to learn their language. Out of all the language learning tools out there, I 100% recommend Rosetta Stone!

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I've tried other language learning software but Rosetta Stone is much more challenging and professional. I don't have to worry about earning points and following the leader board. I'm trying out the ninety day trial to learn some Russian and I will pay for the privilege once I reach the end of the trial.

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