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What Is Means to Be Trilingual

Being trilingual means that you speak three languages with general fluency. Some estimates put the total of the world’s trilingual speakers at just over 1 billion people. That’s 13% of everyone on Earth! Being bilingual (speaking two languages) is much more common, though still somewhat rare within English-speaking countries.

If you’re looking to become trilingual, the most important decision you can make is figuring out which other language, or languages, to take on. Generally, if you’re an English speaker with no exposure to “foreign tongues”, here are some of the most challenging:

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Icelandic
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
  • Finnish
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Then there are some that are considered easier: German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Latin. Why are they comparatively simple? It’s because English is essentially a Germanic language that’s been heavily influenced by Latin—from which Spanish, French, and Italian also come. Also closely related are Dutch, Swedish, and Norwegian.

Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you to speak the language, not just memorize the words. What makes it effective is that 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. It helps you get ready to handle any situation with confidence.

How Rosetta Stone Can Help

Not only does learning a language open doors for professional and personal possibilities, but it also expands your thinking and can prime your confidence. It can be an experience that transforms your life. As technology like the internet shrinks our world and we become members of a global community, the ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed.

Perhaps you’ve hesitated to learn a new language because you’re worried about the time commitment. Or maybe you’ve heard it’s more difficult to learn a language as an adult. Set these common misconceptions about learning languages aside because research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning.

After you decide on which language to learn, developing accurate pronunciation is critical to getting comfortable with the basics. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. It compares your voice to native and non-native speakers so you get the feedback you need 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 the language. After beginners have acquired basic words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, it’ll be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way, teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood with confidence.

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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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