Last month I told you a little about learning with Rosetta Stone and that I would be embarking on a journey of learning with them, so these articles with be a little more personal than usual and I hope to share with you how Rosetta Stone works and what it is like to learn with them. If you didn’t read my first article about the history of the name and the company themselves, then please feel free to pop along and have a look here.
First Steps In Learning
When I first signed into my account on Rosetta Stone I was really apprehensive about what I would see and how the course itself would work. Like most, I have seen the adverts and often thought about giving them a try, but never had a chance to consider it seriously, until now.
The first thing I have to point out is there is no instruction book, no guideline, no this is what you will be doing. The whole point of Rosetta Stone’s courses are to immerse you in the language from day one. FEAR NOT, everything ends up making perfect sense after the first couple of units and you start to marvel at just how clever the set up is.
First though, what do you see when you log in?
The home screen is really very self explanatory and straightforward, navigating it is simple and it is extremely hard to get lost. There is lots to explore and do to aid in your quest for knowledge, but for know I want to focus on the basics and next month we can take a look at some of the other areas.
The most important area, for now, on the screen is where you can chose the Level and the Unit that you wish to do. From there you can also select the lesson.
The Lesson screens are really very straightforward also and the speakers throughout the lessons will guide you in what you are doing. Again no instructions you are quite simply thrown in at the deep end and left to find your own way – in hind sight this is a stroke of genius. Immediately your brain is attempting to understand the strange language, which is helped by the pictures and writing on the screen. Now, the brain is a very clever thing, as I am sure you are aware, very quickly it realises that to make sense of what is going on it needs to use the information in front of it. So a word coupled with a picture and a sound is the first step, this is repeated in a number of ways and all of a sudden you yourself sit there and think ‘I get this!’ The more you do, the more you learn, the harder it gets, but the more sense it all makes.
As you know I am learning Japanese, at the bottom of the screen I have a few options to switch between and these are the different levels of Japanese writing, Romanised is the Latin alphabet, so the words are phonetic.
Once you have finished the lesson you see this screen, it gives you a score and the option to continue your learning or go back to the home screen. If you don’t get 100%, (and there are plenty of Lessons in which didn’t), you will be prompted to, at a later date, try them again.
So those are the first steps that I took in learning with Rosetta Stone, scary but very soon you marvel at just how much you are learning!