https://www.duolingo.com/zacharyctrs

In Memory of Rosetta stone

Rosetta Stone was a program that was very popular until Duolingo came. Now, the world will migrate to free learning as more languages get added and sadly, Rosetta Stone will be forgotten. But Duolingo will last a lot longer, with free learning, and possibly more languages than Rosetta Stone. I'm also talking about Esperanto and Klingon, Lapine, and others!

Long Live Duolingo!

4 years ago

57 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/StuffieStephie
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I'm actually ecstatic about the death of RS. I always thought it was SO overrated. The learning with RS is almost completely passive (endless multiple-choice questions with pictures -- how is that an amazing program??) And the asinine price? Forget it!

Rosetta Stone may be able to afford disgusting mass marketing but it doesn't make it good. As Duolingo makes more languages available it further seals Rosetta Stone's fate BWAHAHA >:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

Agreed! If I remember correctly to obtain fluency in a language was like $500.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/timber_maniac

I'm not completely sure that it is possible to really obtain "fluency" without full immersion in the language(living in the country, etc), however it was roughly £400 in the UK for an RS course that went to level 5(which I assume covers about the same extent as all the duolingo lessons).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/opensaurusrex

I think it actually covers less at the rate that Duolingo keeps adding content.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chris123456

I agree. I did Rosetta Stone Italian to its top level a while back and it is not nearly as comprehensive as Duolingo. Anyone want to buy my old copy?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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Thanks for letting us know - I was thinking of getting a copy of Rosetta Stone for Italian. Although I still might get the Polish one as the Duolingo Polish course seems a bit off in the future.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

I agree. Once I've learned a lot I'd like to talk to some people who don't speak English at all. That way I won't be tempted to revert like I do with my bilingual friends.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrawlingson

And more if you want a more advanced knowledge of the language. $500 buys you the first 3 levels of the language only.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

Oh jeeze. I must've caught them on a sale day or something. But that's ridiculous. People don't communicate enough anyway.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlie_Treuse

May I join you in your maniacal laughter? MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/queendeeny

If rabbits and aliens would learn Esperanto we would not have to study Klingon and Lapine to communicate with them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebT1991

laughs hysterically

This pleases me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Not only that, but according to reliable sources of information they would also instantly become best of friends with each other!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
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I actually quite like RS. I find it's a bit slower and more repetitive...things sink a bit more than Duolingo. Recently, Duolingo has been showing me a word once and then assuming that I know it. Or giving me words in the practice run that I've never seen before. I feel like I'm getting more lost and confused RS.

That doesn't mean I prefer RS...they're both useful. When learning a language I find lots of sources and methods useful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeeDeeBug

I kind of figured that DL is doing that to mimic what it is like to learn as any child originally learns to speak...you hear words and understand, but forget and bam, there they come at you again! Just like some of the grammar...you have to figure it out as you go (or you can ask). It makes you pay attention and try harder to remember.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/higgstheboson

Probably duolingo was designed to let you make a few educated guesses once in a while

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea_Tx

I downloaded the Rosetta Stone demo around the same time I downloaded DuoLingo, but I practiced with DuoLingo for a few days before attempting RS. I would have been completely lost in the RS demo if I hadn't been working with DuoLingo. RS throws you into a lesson with no vocab frontloading, no grammar explanation, no way to get help (save for repeating the phrase) and no explanation of what you're suppose to do on the screen. It was really boring and confusing, not nearly as engaging as DuoLingo. I deleted RS and am very happy with DuoLingo for both Italian and Spanish! ¡Viva DuoLingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16
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I have used Rosetta Stone, and although I'm not a huge fan of it and I believe it is over priced I thought it was a great supplement. It won't make you fluent, no program will, but for me I liked it because if I was studying very hard with books and grammars, I could turn on Rosetta Stone and relax with it. I have used RS for Hindi, Arabic and Persian and I have to say with all the lousy sources for Persian, RS was worth it. I had to get the Arabic one because it was required for my class and it really was terrible, the language was so formal and out of date. I've also caught mistakes in the level 2 of Hindi. I think it is overpriced but it is still usable. It's not the greatest language program ever though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethL88

I agree with this! I use Rosetta Stone because it really helps me memorize the vocabulary, while I feel Duolingo helps me memorize the grammar.

It is not the greatest program, I agree, but I got it at a discount. On top of that, I also use it as a supplement and variation to my daily practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio
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Predicting the future is still an endeavor fraught with peril.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/junair
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Why have you used RS at all? There have always been some better/cheaper resources on the internet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
keirdre
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It's very easy to pirate, if you're so inclined.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

It's very easy to share*.

:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thevlookup

I tried Rosetta Stone and it was the most mind-numbing learning experience for me. :\

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/opensaurusrex

I would have to agree, at least with this I am not only challenged but I can compete with friends.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tengo_una_alma

Sindarian and Quenya! Elvish!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stingerbee12

Duolingo rocks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gordontrek

Rosetta Stone SUCKS!! I tried it with Spanish and I could only stammer the language. I'll take Duolingo over it any day. And I agree, they should add Klingon just for the fun of it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

IMO the best approach to learning a new language is learning from as many legitimate sources as possible. To me, Rosetta Stone is a great supplement to Duolingo. I feel as if Duolingo is superior when it comes to teaching grammar but Rosetta Stone is great at teaching vocabulary since EVERY word/sentence/phrase is associated with a picture.

Synergy FTW

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
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Totally agree with you. As many sources and as many forms (visual, audio, authentic etc) as possible. The jigsaw slowly falls into place, especially when you begin to see things you learned in one area crop up in other, and find they make slightly more sense now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LimitlessT

I got Rosetta about a month or two after Duo. Stopped after one day. Far too slow.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goldteet

Yes RS was always overrated and the price was a little steep! With mobile phones Duolingo is perfect, as if you are travelling it is something fun to do on your phone

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moonchild0623

yippee!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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And Lojban! I actually learned why that was cool just today.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shebafamily

long live duolingo and livemocha.com

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathyj56

I take a conversational Spanish class at the local college. Just last night we were talking about JUST THAT! I was recommending Duolingo to the class and told everyone it was free..........of course! One of the main comments was regarding with so many free programs out there why would anyone want to pay? Also Duolingo is GREAT, I am enjoying it very much and pleased with how much I am learning. Thank you. Kathyj56

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

Only problem with Duolingo's that you're not allowed to make any new languages for learning that aren't on the list, yet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tengo_una_alma

Check out the Incubator at http://incubator.duolingo.com.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonah_is_boss

Rosetta stone?Sooooooo yesterday.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coffeebeanxo

I've never used Rosetta stone, and I am new to using this program but I'm really enjoying it so far! Learning languages for free is awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Obelloe
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i love duolingo more because it keeps me engaged with a community. It's constantly growing depending on the peoples wants and needs. every comment we post adds to the actual structure of the courses. Rosetta stone was a big corporation that was a one way street with its users. Here at duolingo our voices matter so much. The creators are actual real people that have faces and can talk with us. And now with the incubator, the program has become immortal. I could go on and on about this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
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Was? Is. RS is still in existence!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Obelloe
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I hear Duo uses RS CDs for coasters in his tree apartment

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/em_in_austin

I'll love to see Duolingo have these fantasy and sci-fi languages! They would get a variety of new users!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spanishspeaker32

Eh, I really never cared about Rosetta Stone. I used to use it, and even though I used it all the time, I haven't remembered anything I learned, to this day. I find Duolingo a lot better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
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I guess it depends what kind of learner you are. Duolingo isn't too good for visual learners. For those learners, combining it with Memrise can help you to remember those pesky words that Duolingo shows fleetingly and then expects you to know!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Legacy LiveMocha was also better for visual learners, but they revamped it and now you barely get your words-worth per lesson. I miss the the old LiveMocha where it showed you a picture for each phrase you learned. It would be amazing if Duolingo did something like that, but I know they are already full up with things to do.

Sites should be careful with how much they revamp. I hope Duolingo and Memrise don't revamp to the point of losing the majority of their audience like LiveMocha did. That would suck.

As far Rosetta Stone, I can only really speak from my experience of using it as a kid in 2002. As a 12-year-old I liked the fact that it showed me pictures and never once tried to explain grammar to me. I picked up some grammar naturally and was able to speak in short sentences about basic stuff (the cat is black) fairly quick. It came with my homeschooler's kit and I don't regret using it all. It was a great foundation for building on. There are programs that are just as good or better now, but it was one of the best programs at that time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viaggiatore

Someone else who misses the old LiveMocha.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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Yes, a lot! You can get to it via your settings, I think, but it's a bit confusing.

Did you know there is a petition to bring the old LiveMocha back? But Rosetta Stone bought them, and I don't think they really care what the users want. It's a pity, since I think half of the people on LiveMocha left due to changes. Guess they were looking for a different audience.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viaggiatore

I didn't know about the petition. I think their old lessons were much better than the current ones. But then LM didn't make money and eventually sold out to RS for less than half the venture capital money that they soaked up. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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That corporate greed always wins? Jeez, I hope that's not it but just what I'm taking from it.

Here's a link to the petition for anyone interested. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/we-want-the-original-livemoha/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viaggiatore

Who says that Rosetta Stone is gone? https://plus.google.com/+RosettaStone/posts/FpCBrazBxE2

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keirdre
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I think it was implied that Duolingo has basically now overtaken RS. We know the product is still available.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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I think rosetta stone is good for beginners, from no knowledge of the language at all, and duo, you need to know a little bit, like how to read. I used RS a lot, I started German with it, and thanks to it, I knew the starting point for Duo, but it is completely over priced! If duolingo is $0, RS needs to be $ -15.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/higgstheboson

Reminds me of the death of Encarta

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1J84
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I just uninstalled RS today. I now realize that I didn't learn a single thing with RS. I remembered it for a couple of minutes but then I forgot it.There was no incentive for me to go back to try to remember content from the previous lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PinefrostLTU
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w8 lapine is comin?!?!?!

3 years ago
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