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1.1 The Rosetta Stone Method
The Rosetta Stone program is designed to teach you a new
language the way you learned your first language: by directly
associating words—written and spoken—with objects, actions and ideas
that convey meaning. The Rosetta Stone uses pictures to establish the
meaning of words and phrases so that there is no translation. Grammar,
syntax, and vocabulary are taught through real-life examples. You know
what a word means because you have associated it with the meaning
directly (communicated through pictures) rather than with the same word
in your own language. You do not need to depend on translation, lengthy
explanations of grammar, or memorization drills. This encourages the
development of inherent language skills that equip you to communicate
The Rosetta Stone uses Dynamic Immersion, a method that simulates a
real-life immersion experience and relies on your active participation.
All Lessons are taught in the target language, quickly developing your
ability to understand the spoken and written language. Tasks and
activities keep you involved in the learning process. Speaking and
Writing Exercises help you develop correct pronunciation and spelling.
Different Modes allow you to re-create the pacing of real life
conversation. Grammar is taught through usage and patterns throughout
the majority of the program; it is taught explicitly in Level 3, in the
target language as Narrative Lessons. Throughout the program, new
information is presented systematically so that words or grammatical
forms are easily identified and understood.
With the Rosetta Stone, you learn more than syntax and vocabulary.
While using the program, you develop language-learning strategies that
will help you in any context, at any point in language development.
Instead of translation and memorization, you learn how to depend on
your own skills of pattern-recognition, correlation, deduction, and
induction, just as you would in a real conversation. These are
strategies you already use, drawing from context to figure out an
unfamiliar word, recognizing root words, and inferring meaning even if
the grammar is not familiar.
The primary goal of the Rosetta Stone method is two-fold: to help you
learn a language quickly, easily, and correctly, and to equip you with
the strategies and confidence that will aid your understanding and
communication in the real world.