Duolingo BETTER than rosetta stone
Post here if you used Rosetta stone BEFORE this and think that Duolingo is better (and less expensive)
That depends on your definition of "learning a language". Some just want to be able to read something, while others want to be able to speak it too. If a language no longer exists in spoken form then you might not get much further than learning to understand the written form.
If you want to have a discussion about the best way to learn a language then you should first explain what you think is important when people learn a language. You didn't do that and just asked people to give their opinion, which I did. You can't blame me for talking about something different, because you never specified what you wanted to talk about.
I used the first version of Rosetta Stone (for Hindi), and found it okay for learning, but I'm not a fan. But let's be fair to them: from what I've read from independent reviewers, the latest version is good, and includes some things you can't get on Duolingo, like lessons with a tutor. Nevertheless, it is far too expensive for what it gives.
For those who are interested, below is a link to one independent review I've read. The website it is on has a lot of useful information about language learning:
Here's the thin with Rosetta Stone: they're trying to teach you as if you are a child living in that country; thus the insistence on pictures. Your brain will associate what's being said to the thing, not the English word for it. In theory it works; in practice not so much. You aren't a enter country here child, so you're not always surrounded by that language. If you're in Japan and you speak English at your child but Japanese every other occasion, they'll speak Japanese, not English.
I've bought 3 months Rosetta Stone Japanese and German Online Subscription and Fluenz's German 5CDs, and I tried some Pimsleur and Michel Thomas in Audible.com ,I think Fluenz is the only software better than Duolingo, Duolingo is simple and useful but it can not make a person think in that language which Fluenz will do, but Duolingo is better than Rosetta Stone,Rosetta Stone is just for memorizing words, that is all it can help, and only Duolingo is free, by the way, if it comes to Chinese learner, Fluenz's Chinese is the only software which can make sense to a Chinese learner in the market until now (I'm pretty sure for this because Chinese is my mother tongue), and Human Japanese do more good only in Japanese.
we traditionally use too much time to learn grammar,it is really waste of time, but Rosetta totally teach nothing about grammar, just only immersion, yes immersion is the natural way but you will find you'll get very little capability of a language after you finish 5CDs' Rosetta, and you can not really communicate with a foreigner. i give it 45 points
Fluenz balance the immersion and grammar to the perfect degree. i give it 95 points.
Duolingo do the best to what i can do since it is free. i give it 75 points, and it is really simple so i can use it in fragmentary time, that is the feature it is even better than Fluenz, because you may not always use Fluenz in Fragmentary time.