Duolingo V Rosetta Stone
Just got Rosetta Stone free from work. Thoughts about each in case anyone was curious about the value propositions of each. So far I kinda like using them together.
- the forums help me understand
- the prompts help me understand (these also help bc I keep a Gdoc of all the new words and verbs so I can refer back and make flashcards
- doesn't ding me when I don't use the accents :)
- the games are fun
- the repetition is nice
- apparently they offer the ability to set up meetings with native speakers so you can practice speaking.
I have tried to get a start on Spanish for years. I took a class in high school, I took an internet course, I've purchased a couple of very basic learn-to-speak Spanish software courses, and I have already gotten further with Duolingo than with any of those. And, I've only been doing it for a little over 3 weeks! I do feel, at this point, that using another course eventually, in addition to Duolingo, will be a help to further my skills. I feel like I'm finally getting a good foundation on which to build. (I also appreciate not getting dinged on the accents. It's a process.) Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Have tried it and it looks good. The audio and voice recognition is much better than DL but it is very expensive at £20 per month subscription (about $30). Their website is quite cagey about pricing so I do not know if that is for one or all languages. You can buy the software for £195 but it looks like that only supports a desktop and not tablets or smart phones.
Personally I think I will stick with DL, I just hope they bring back the vocabulary feature but despite lots of calls for updates, it looks like Luis has decided to leave it out. Otherwise why has there been no update?
I'm nervous that when I get to a part of RS that I don't understand, I'm going to have a problem. RIght now, I'm ahead in DL so I know what RS is trying to teach me. It's going to take me a moment to look at their pictures and try to figure out what they are saying. On the flip side - those non sensical DL sentences aren't any easier to figure out.
I've used Rosetta Stone at my parent' house (my dad got access for free through Microsoft). I've considered forking out the cash and buying Rosetta Stone. Now I find that I'm totally content to get my serious study on- and to dabble in new languages through Duolingo. No need to seek out another until I've exhausted this. :-) I'm excited for when they add Russian. I've wanted to learn Russian for a while now.