I need to learn to speak Spanish fluently by summer 2010. Can Rosetta Stone really do that for me?

I’m already familiar with the language; however, I’m concerned that I may not have enough time to learn the hundreds of new vocabulary words there seems to be. Also, the grammar can be a little tricky for me too. Is there a study plan anyone out there can suggest for me?

13 Comments

  1. NONE of the computer things like Rosetta make ANYONE fluent, they all only make people repeat things like a parrot, nothing else. Stay well away from these overpriced and overestimated and overhyped products and start learning the language in full instead by taking some more lessons.

    cantilena91
  2. That is a tough one and it depends on your level right now. Do you learn well with correspondance and have the motivation or do you learn better with an instructor with assignments? You can also start listening to a lot of spanish songs and watch movies. I like the band El Canto Del Loco. Find people that like to speak Spanish and talk with them. myhappyplanet.com is also a great site where you can talk to people that want to say learn english that speak Spanish and they will correct your spelling and grammar and vice versa.

    Tracy84
  3. No he usado Rosetta Stone para español, pero si estas dedicado harías bien. Tienes que practicar tu español cuando puedes. Hablas mucho!
    Te ayuda a recordar un montón de español.

    garrett.chickachickayeah
  4. no it absolutely can not and it is very dumb program by the way. i tried to improve my french with it but i failed. as a language teacher myself i may tell u there ie nothing better than studying language with a teacher one to one. of course there re dumb people who absolutely can not learn any language no matter how brilliant teacher they have. but if u re an average person (not dumb i mean) and u get lessons at least twice a week for 2 hours each time and u do your homework every day i say u may do it. good luck. do not waste money on useless internet program. absolutely useless

    no tolerance
  5. Hello,

    Ditto to No tolerance. Hard work, self discipline, hours of class work, home work, practise and social interaction are the key to learning and mastering a language.

    Cheers,

    Michael Kelly

    Mike K
  6. The vocab is pretty easy to pick up, but the grammar is pretty tough for that short of a time.

    What I did to study a lot was to watch episodes of the Sopranos in Spanish on DVD with English sub titles, then with Spanish sub titles, and then with no sub titles at all.

    The problem with any language program is they are just guessing what words you are going to need. Then you find out you need a bottle opener or other common item and you have no Idea how to say it and it’s not in your travel dictionary. Don’t go cheap on a dictionary. I spent like $30 on mine and it was well worth it.

    Peter
  7. Rosetta Stone won’t do it for you — you’ll have to do the work. 🙂 I’d use rosetta stone as a supplement to your learning not as an end-all-be-all method. Just immerce yourself as much as humanly possible in Spanish (Reading, writing, even passive listening — anything that you can do in Spanish will help you learn even if it is above your head and you don’t understand it at the moment).

    citrine_dream
  8. if You put the time ,I think ,Rosetta will make it.

    I speak five languages ,I already check Rosetta’s method and is good ,I wish i had that ,when I was an student.

    john m
  9. It would be truly difficult to attain a comfortable fluency in any language in that amount of time without true immersion, living in an environment where the language is used for a given amount of time.

    I’ve used Rosetta Stone for learning Spanish, and it is definitely a great tool to practise and hone your skills, but it won’t work as a one way ticket to fluency.

    The best thing about Rosetta is that it doesn’t use English to teach you, but just uses the foreign language with pictures, text, etc. This does really help get some concepts that might be odd to an English speaker down easier. Seeing the language written down, read to you, and associated with pictures will do a great job of getting the language down better, but it’s not enough alone.

    If you really want to go all the way, take an immersion course, and go to a foreign country to learn the language. There’s nothing that can get the language down quite like immersing yourself in the culture.

    Hearing the people who speak it as their native language, conversing with it daily, getting that perspective of the language is going to do a much better job at teaching you real, conversational Spanish than any book, programme, or even live class. Not even the best teacher can give you that kind of experience.

    I hope I helped, Spanish is not an easy language by any stretch of the imagination. Good luck.

    Derek R
  10. Rosetta Stone won’t "do it for you". Nothing will….except hard work. Also, I don’t believe RS is very good for grammar.

    Why the deadline? I’m really curious.

    Honestly, the only way to become truly fluent in a language is to live in the country where they all speak it, and avoid anyone who speaks your language.

    dart
  11. If you go with total immersion it would be best. But it would also be very expensive. And having a private tutor is also quite expensive.

    Any program is quite limited for several reasons. There is no interaction. It’s boring. It’s predictable.

    I would suggest a mixed approach.

    1) Download many different podcasts. Search on the web, there are so many good podcasts. This way you can hear the language and practice speaking aloud with them. This is perfect if you commute to work or school. Two hours per day is perfect. One am and one pm.

    2) Join a class with an instructor. 3 days a week is great

    3) Chat with others in spanish. There are many chat rooms that will have all spanish or a mix.

    4) Read in spanish. This will depend on if your level is high enough.

    john

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