Friday, November 7, 2008

Rosetta Stone

My children recently received 1 year free of the internet version of the Rosetta Stone foreign language program. Several years ago, I purchased the second level of Spanish for my oldest child. She enjoyed the program, so I signed up 5 of the school-aged kids. My two oldest students are learning Japanese, my younger son is learning German and my 10 and 5 year old girls are learning Spanish.

One of the things I liked about the program is that the student speaks the words and gets feedback on their pronunciation. Unfortunately, my younger girls and I are unable to get the correct Spanish accent. We are stalled out at lesson 4. We have worked on lesson 4 for the last 4 days. The program will not allow the student to progress until the assignment is completed with a certain percentage of correct answers. My older son walked in on us while we were working. He tried to get us through this lesson. Although, he did a lot better than we did, we still haven't passed.

As a floundering Spanish student, I've given up. The next time my oldest daughter returns home from college for the weekend, I'm going to have her pass the stupid lesson for us!


Barb the Evil Genius said...

I am physically unable to roll my r's because of my tongue. I suspect I wouldn't go far with this software although my Spanish accent is good overall.

Karen said...

I can't roll my r's either. The other problem is that I can't get my vowels to match close enough. Oh well, I'll probably never live in a Spanish-speaking country anyway!