Anyone here combining Rosetta Stone with duolingo?
Seems Rosetta Stone by itself is not very useful.. but combined with duolingo seems like it could be really useful because it reinforces what you have learned and you get more speaking practice. Anyone doing this?
I have never used Rosetta Stone and I imagine that it might be useful or even perfect for some, but the price is, like many have pointed out, a setback. I could also spend that money on buying books (i.e. literature, not textbooks) in my target language; €10 will, on average, get you 200 pages of fresh, new reading material! As for listening, I'd prefer to look for interesting youtube channels or series, either original or dubbed.
Whether you use RS or go for "cheapskate" alternatives, one thing must be clear: never see DuoLingo as a tool to achieve fluency. See it as a supplementary tool to other methods and materials.
I paid for an online, 3 month subscription of Rosetta Stone and it was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent.
The program is just rote memorization of a bunch of random words and phrases, and it provides no context at all as to what each phrase means. There are plenty of free resources that provide an equal level of content, so why pay for it?
Honestly I don't suggest using Rosetta stone at all. If you're looking for fluency a combination of Duolingo, a grammar book, and a flashcard program like Anki will serve you much better at a fraction of the cost. If you add immersive activities like watching movies and find a penpal to talk with on skype then you end up with a system which teaches much more for much less.
Rosetta Stone is the name of a language program.
But the original Rosetta stone is an Egyptian artifact that holds the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs. It is inscribed with two languages (Egyptian and Greek), using three scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek). The same content is inscribed in all three languages, so when the stone was discovered it caused a break through in understanding how to read hieroglyphics.