I mentioned the other day my Rosetta Stone language course expired. Several phone calls later, I now know is that Rosetta Stone has decided not to renew their online classroom licenses with this institution (and apparently with other institutions as well). Bummer.
Well, actually, I can think of a whole lot of other things to say besides “bummer,” but it’s before 8pm so let’s just leave it at that.
You see, I really like Rosetta Stone. I was almost all the way through Level 2. I’m starting to be able to carry on small, simple conversations with strangers. In German. Fancy that.
But, I just cannot fathom coughing up over five hundred euros for the program. I know, I know, I have a crazy sense of what I think things should cost (uh, nothing – money is so lame). And five hundred euros for a plane ticket is nothing to blink an eye at, but five hundred dollars to learn a language is too much. I should take some time to think about that. The problem is I don’t have much time time. I need to keep learning to not lose what I already have.
So I pulled up trusty Google and went to work. Know what I found? Most libraries have language learning tools available to patrons free. Now, that’s more like it!
In my research, I found that many reviewers liked another software program even better than Rosetta Stone. It’s called Rocket Languages, and I believe they have eleven available. It costs about $150 online, but I have seen specials for only $99. Better yet, a simple search revealed my old library in Orlando, FL, has it free!
Free is nice, but is Rocket Germany any good?
I have to be honest. I tentatively tried out Rocket German, and I didn’t like it. Why? It assumes you know nothing about the language. That would be great if it were true, but now I have at least an idea of what people are saying. I just don’t want to start all over with “hello, my name is…”
However, my library has many other language tools which I can use to supplement my learning. Take a look here, and then search for your library’s resources. While I can’t get my beloved Rosetta Stone back for free, I can still learn in other ways to round out my knowledge.