While you would think it’s an easy answer to a simple question, it’s not quite as straightforward as that. Standard Chinese and Spanish have the honor of being the languages with the most native speakers in the world. But English is the most used official language, and the most widely spoken second language.
Regardless of which side you land on, choosing to learn any of these three languages will benefit you greatly. Chinese has roughly 1.2 billion native speakers, and China has the second largest economy in the world. Estimates have English speakers (as a first or second language) at about 1.5 billion, which roughly translates to 20% of the population of Earth. So learning how to speak English is of tremendous value in most countries and industries across the globe. And Spanish will serve you well as it’s the second-most spoken language in the United States with over 40 million speakers in the U.S. alone.
Learning a new language can be an experience that transforms your life. It will open you to a world full of professional and personal possibilities and gives you new-found confidence. As technology integrates our world more than ever before, the ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed. So once you have decided which language to learn next, we’re here to help you on your journey.
Over 25 years of experience in language learning has shown that anyone has the ability to learn a new language. Research suggests that our ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning. We achieve this with Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion® method. This approach is effective because we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So, it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them, enabling you to be prepared to handle any and all situations with confidence.
As you start with your new language, developing accurate pronunciation will be a vital part of your success story. Getting that pronunciation right depends on receiving immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you get to that accuracy with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine . This patented technology compares your voice to native speakers in real-time, so you get immediate feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak virtually any language.
Rosetta Stone's brief, 10-minute lessons are designed to fit conveniently into your life, so you will stick with it. Additionally, our award-winning mobile app is in sync with your desktop, so there is no excuse. Language learning can be achieved anytime and anywhere, on your schedule.
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.