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Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages Effectively

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages Effectively

Rosetta Stone Ltd

Learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and more!

4.7 Ratings 446K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
446.2K+ Ratings
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  • Rosetta Stone is tops! Nov 25, 2019

    By Varnish Princess
    I wanted to wait several months before writing a review. I have now been studying Hebrew for six months with Rosetta Stone. I bought the year-long program, and I am on track for a one-year completion. I think you get a lot out of it if you put a lot into it. I study every day. The program is amazing! I had tried another program that was teaching me to transliterate into English first. It was slow and I wasn’t learning much because my eyes always went to the English transliteration rather than the Hebrew letters. I also tried a sample lesson with another company that used only audio as the “best way” to learn a language. I realized I am a visual learner, so just listening to audio did not work for me. But now with Rosetta Stone, I am reading the words in the Hebrew alphabet and understanding what I am reading. I awake in the middle of the night with Hebrew words and phrases running through my mind. The pictures are enjoyable, and help me to understand words and phrases. My vocabulary is amazing! I think my pronunciation is getting better and better as well. It is such a natural and fun way of learning. Right now, I am studying the past tense, and I thought it would be difficult, but I am understanding it just fine. When I get through with Hebrew, I may learn another language through Rosetta Stone just for fun!
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By full pleat
    I've been using other apps for language learning for many years now, and was immediately impressed with the full immersion approach in RS. By the end of the first lesson I felt that I had actually absorbed the language, and was surprised when prompted to say a phrase that I was able to quickly express it. I've only just started using the free trial, but am really considering the subscription.
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  • Great app but needs some fixes. Jul 7, 2020

    By warning: dont download
    The app’s content is great. I am really happy with how it works and how easy it is to learn. The only problem with it is that the app has a few bugs that need to be fixed. Sometimes randomly when you’re asked to speak into the mic, for some reason it doesn’t work unless you exit the unit or sometimes even the app. Also, sometimes when you click on a section in a unit, it shows a loading screen that never goes away unless you refresh the app. Also, sometimes when you finish a section in a unit, it takes you back to the beginning of the unit instead of the next section that you’re up to (this one isn’t such a big bug). My only other problem with the app is that it is sometimes way too slow. It’s not a bug that makes it slow, it is the way the app was made. I personally tend to be a fast learner and it is very frustrating when a section says that it takes 10 minutes when I could finish it in 3 minutes if it didn’t take so long to process your answers and go to the next slide. The animation of matching the answer to the correct box is unnecessary and I think there should be an option to turn off the animation and replace it with a simple and fast check mark or x. Again, I think the app is great and I am only criticizing it because I really enjoy using this app and I use it quite frequently.
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  • There's a reason so many companies and agencies insist on this product Sep 25, 2020

    By AubreyRLopez
    So: I dabbled in language learning for over 20 years... all kinds of methods. This has (by far) been the most effective. I finally invested in Rosetta Stone over 10 years ago when online learning wasn't an option for them yet (and after using their program for a college course). I then sprung for the online. I was officially sold on their first big sale for Veterans (at which time i took the plunge and got the lifetime online membership, for less than i paid for the original 6 CD package i purchased years ago). Since then: they have made AMAZING IMPROVEMENTS to the software and opened up more languages. My only complaint is about the app: it can get glitchy (doesn't recognize audio, doesn't update lessons as completed, trivial issues that correct themselves with some "tough love")... but if I force close the app then the issue resolved. Tech support is responsive, as well! I love their product and highly recommend giving it a try to see if it is a good fit for your learning style! (Also: ensure you join an individual coaching subscription or a social group to get one-on-one real world conversational experience/practice. Rosetta Stone offers this option, but I do not have my laptop/desktop set up for use currently)
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By Ashe Higgs
    The immersive learning environment is great, but the voice recognition is maddeningly intermittent. The app doesn't recognize the mic from a Bluetooth headset and any little background noise interferes with the voice recognition which makes for a lot of frustration. Especially considering I paid $200 for a lifetime subscription and Duo Lingo is free AND the voice recognition works much better and the app actually works with a Bluetooth headset...
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By A Google user
    The app doesn't sync across platforms. No response from support. Terrible customer service. I'd never recommend it. After purchasing the product, it installed on my phone, but there was no mechanism for installing the program on my laptop, which is where I prefer to do my work because it's easier to see on a larger screen. After several emails, contact messaging on Twitter, a note on their Facebook page, and a final follow-up email, I still have no response. This is terrible customer service. Rosetta Stone had such a great reputation. Now I've wasted so much time and there's no refund on the horizon - answer your messages, Rosetta Stone!
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  • Nov 18, 2020

    By Simon Ritchie
    This app WILL NOT sync across devices. They advertise that it does, then when I told them about the problem (13 days after I bought it) I was told to wait as it was getting fixed. It never did, and they ultimately admitted that the app does not sync between platforms, but by that time it was more than 30 days from purchase and they refused to give me a refund. $109 completely lost, well played guys. Try DuoLingo instead, way more fun and just a better app.
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  • Nov 21, 2020

    By Josiah Kenyon
    The program is great, i know i have loved it and WOULD love it still, but it doesn't always function well. Doesn't track progress well and will malfunction on occasion. Super annoying to do the same lessons over and over Voice recognition is super slow and often doesn't work. The translation to English also isn't available for whatever reason - so I feel like I'm wasting my time learning words i don't know the English translation of
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  • Great concept horrid execution Feb 20, 2019

    By RussellSteven
    The teaching on this app, I love. It's a great idea. I wish I'd went month to month at this point though rather than pay for two years. It is the buggiest app I've ever used. In fact, it's so buggy the uncommon word "hate" comes to mind. I went all the way thru module three recently and got to the last lesson. I get a pop-up that says, skipping ahead? You didn't finish all the lessons. I go back and look and sure enough, the Review lesson I'd done said I'd not done it. This particular one I knew I'd done...8 times! You see, for the Review lessons, you can't retake and fix one card, it makes you retake the entire lesson! I wanted a 100% so I retook it until I did. Guess what... It apparently lost all progress. I ended up taking it two more times, finally getting everything right. When I finished, it said I missed one anyways. What!? I have another Review that I know I'll never get right because despite voice set to easy and having taken a year in college of German from a native German, it says I cannot pronounce one word. I gave up. In some lessons I can use the wrong word entirely when I'm trying to guess the dialogue and get a 100% but in the Review, which you must fully retake if you miss something, it won't get the single word right. In short, if you are a perfectionist or have limited time to waste on bugs, this is not the app for you. There are better ones for free that won't make you cuss in front of children or want to throw your phone.
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  • Nov 28, 2020

    By Tsuki
    sometimes it doesn't pick up my voice. Like when I'm trying to say the word it says it: it can't hear me even though I'm talking right at it in a clear voice. My phone is brand new so I know it's not my phone. And when I try to record the story it pauses by itself when I'm trying to read and it's just annoying because I want to finish the story and then find the mistakes. Also the paid subscription is so expensive! I want to read more of the stories but there is only one that's free.
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Reviewed by Laura S on December 27, 2017

  • Rosetta Stone is tops! Nov 25, 2019

    By Varnish Princess
    I wanted to wait several months before writing a review. I have now been studying Hebrew for six months with Rosetta Stone. I bought the year-long program, and I am on track for a one-year completion. I think you get a lot out of it if you put a lot into it. I study every day. The program is amazing! I had tried another program that was teaching me to transliterate into English first. It was slow and I wasn’t learning much because my eyes always went to the English transliteration rather than the Hebrew letters. I also tried a sample lesson with another company that used only audio as the “best way” to learn a language. I realized I am a visual learner, so just listening to audio did not work for me. But now with Rosetta Stone, I am reading the words in the Hebrew alphabet and understanding what I am reading. I awake in the middle of the night with Hebrew words and phrases running through my mind. The pictures are enjoyable, and help me to understand words and phrases. My vocabulary is amazing! I think my pronunciation is getting better and better as well. It is such a natural and fun way of learning. Right now, I am studying the past tense, and I thought it would be difficult, but I am understanding it just fine. When I get through with Hebrew, I may learn another language through Rosetta Stone just for fun!
    more
  • There's a reason so many companies and agencies insist on this product Sep 25, 2020

    By AubreyRLopez
    So: I dabbled in language learning for over 20 years... all kinds of methods. This has (by far) been the most effective. I finally invested in Rosetta Stone over 10 years ago when online learning wasn't an option for them yet (and after using their program for a college course). I then sprung for the online. I was officially sold on their first big sale for Veterans (at which time i took the plunge and got the lifetime online membership, for less than i paid for the original 6 CD package i purchased years ago). Since then: they have made AMAZING IMPROVEMENTS to the software and opened up more languages. My only complaint is about the app: it can get glitchy (doesn't recognize audio, doesn't update lessons as completed, trivial issues that correct themselves with some "tough love")... but if I force close the app then the issue resolved. Tech support is responsive, as well! I love their product and highly recommend giving it a try to see if it is a good fit for your learning style! (Also: ensure you join an individual coaching subscription or a social group to get one-on-one real world conversational experience/practice. Rosetta Stone offers this option, but I do not have my laptop/desktop set up for use currently)
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  • Immersion is the only way to really learn a language Jul 18, 2019

    By christianw13
    If you rely on translating, I don’t think you can ever become fluent. Each language has words and phrases that simply cannot be translated. When you have a conversation in a foreign language and you have to translate the foreign words you hear into your native language and then translate your response from native back into foreign language, you will not only get tired and stressed out but your conversation will not be fluent and natural. What works for me are images. When learning the foreign word for flowers for example, I don’t translate into my native language but imagine a picture of flowers in my head. Then coming up with Blumen, fleures, flores, etc. in a foreign language conversation is much faster and requires much less brain power than translating. Those are just my 2 cents. This approach works best for me. I’m a foreign language major with 4 foreign languages. English is my 3rd language. Everyone is different and has their preferred way of learning but I encourage everyone to try the immersion approach for one or two weeks and see how it goes. App works great. I only encountered one small glitch but that may have been a glitch on my device.
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  • Nov 27, 2020

    By Rosina Ayling
    I was using duolingo for many months but It was not helping with my pronunciation. Rosetta Stone is much better at teaching me all aspects of the language. After using it I found out that I was pronouncing every word incorrectly. So I am glad I changed over to Rosetta Stone. I have the paid version on both.
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  • Love the immersion! Aug 3, 2018

    By B1_'
    I found my way to this app after I had done some Duolingo.I am learning french and if anyone is learning french they also know how particular it can be. When I got to a certain point on Duolingo they made it difficult for me because all they want you to do is translate things into your own language. While I understand their point, it didn’t work for me and maybe Duolingo is good for a language that you just want to brush up on. Once I got Rosetta Stone though I made more progress and I continue to...I am also close to a native french speaker so that’s kind of an unfair advantage but with Rosetta Stone’s immersion technique you don’t see any of your first language in the lessons (other than things like pause and the names of the units and lessons of course) and that helps me stay focused and learn in the best way possible. I do plan on reading books in French after and finish a workbook (as I would recommend anyone do) because (at the moment) with my version of Rosetta Stone I don’t ever get to type out sentences as a mean of practicing grammar. Hopefully I will be able to come back and write a review in French :)
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By full pleat
    I've been using other apps for language learning for many years now, and was immediately impressed with the full immersion approach in RS. By the end of the first lesson I felt that I had actually absorbed the language, and was surprised when prompted to say a phrase that I was able to quickly express it. I've only just started using the free trial, but am really considering the subscription.
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  • Great app but needs some fixes. Jul 7, 2020

    By warning: dont download
    The app’s content is great. I am really happy with how it works and how easy it is to learn. The only problem with it is that the app has a few bugs that need to be fixed. Sometimes randomly when you’re asked to speak into the mic, for some reason it doesn’t work unless you exit the unit or sometimes even the app. Also, sometimes when you click on a section in a unit, it shows a loading screen that never goes away unless you refresh the app. Also, sometimes when you finish a section in a unit, it takes you back to the beginning of the unit instead of the next section that you’re up to (this one isn’t such a big bug). My only other problem with the app is that it is sometimes way too slow. It’s not a bug that makes it slow, it is the way the app was made. I personally tend to be a fast learner and it is very frustrating when a section says that it takes 10 minutes when I could finish it in 3 minutes if it didn’t take so long to process your answers and go to the next slide. The animation of matching the answer to the correct box is unnecessary and I think there should be an option to turn off the animation and replace it with a simple and fast check mark or x. Again, I think the app is great and I am only criticizing it because I really enjoy using this app and I use it quite frequently.
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By Ashe Higgs
    The immersive learning environment is great, but the voice recognition is maddeningly intermittent. The app doesn't recognize the mic from a Bluetooth headset and any little background noise interferes with the voice recognition which makes for a lot of frustration. Especially considering I paid $200 for a lifetime subscription and Duo Lingo is free AND the voice recognition works much better and the app actually works with a Bluetooth headset...
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  • Great teaching technique but... May 24, 2020

    By GamersEvil
    This is the best language learning technique I could find. It is fun. It is effective. But please...please...fix the bugs. I use this app for many month now and after so many update on of the main bugs of the app is still unfixed. In the iPad and Mac (only when in full screen mode) the daily lesson will be un reachable after doing the first one. They scroll up and out of the screen! And reinstalling the app does not fix it. (As they said in a feedback I sent them) The other problem of the app is that the tutorials are confusing. Every time I recommend this app to somebody, I should sit next to them and help them understand the basics. I think the reason tutorials make everyone confuse is because when there is a tutorial on the screen, clicking on the correct answer does not work. You should first close the tutorial text and then try to answer. They all keep touching the right answer with no result and if I do not help them they dismiss the app as “confusing” and return to their old friend, the green owl. And for what ever reasons, stories and audio companion lessons are marked undone and do not sync between devices. This app is amazing if you learn how to tolerate the bugs. Fixing them should be your first priority.
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  • ¡Sensacional! Oct 28, 2018

    By Spacejockey107
    I have been using Rosetta Stone for almost a full year now. I want to become a doctor and do Doctors Without Borders, and so I started learning Spanish first. Rosetta Stone caught my eye because I hate learning through translation, and this app only uses association. I was gifted a 6 month subscription for Christmas and finished 17 of the 20 sections in the time allotted. Ahora, esos seis meses han pasado, ¡y casi soy fluido! I progressed so rapidly through the program that my brother ended up buying a subscription as well, which I am using too to finish the last 3 sections. Now, I’m learning Chinese! The customer service is easy and quick, and I have only had to call them twice, which both times I have had short and concise experiences. My only complaint with Rosetta Stone is the billing system. The “x dollars a month” is borderline false advertising. You have to pay all up front for the subscription - there is no option to pay monthly. Other than this complaint, the app itself is amazing, and I highly recommend it. I would suggest to anyone wanting to learn a language as fast as possible with as many associations made rather than translations made as possible to get a subscription.
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  • Nov 17, 2020

    By Natashua Uranga
    I like it, but there some glitches in it still. It doesn't always record my progress correctly. Also, because I am using the app on my android phone the buttons are so small that when I want to rehear something, the app sometimes thinks I am selecting my answer instead of just wanting to rehear the slide. These are just some friendly comments to help make the app more user friendly on an android phone. I definitely enjoy this program and find it very useful, effective for language acquisition.
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  • Too much focus on people you don’t know. Oct 21, 2020

    By NikiBahama
    Most of us learn a new language to speak to someone new, and yet in almost every speaking exercise offered in this curriculum they have you practicing “usted” where you’re speaking to total strangers or about someone else. The focus should be primarily on conversations between me (yo) and you (tu), because these are the types of real-life conversations that matter. Sadly it doesn’t seem like they’ve updated their curriculum in a decade. Language has also changed in that time and several words they teach you are not ever used in the majority of Latin America... like “anteojos”... no one says that, they say “lentes” or “gafas”, but the software fails to teach you these alternate words that are more commonly used. Ultimately it’s one of the best tools out there for learning on your own but needs significant improvement and custom-tailored options so we are learning more of what we will actually be using and less of all the informal talk with random strangers in a completely formal manner. I don’t need to say “usted” every time I address someone. That’s exactly what conjugations are for - they imply exactly who you’re talking to or about and their gender...
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  • App is buggy for iOS Oct 14, 2017

    By TheMJLantz
    The app itself is a great tool. I have learned a lot about the language of choice with this app however a fatal flaw in its design is how incredibly sensitive the choices are. When I click to hear what it was that was said, the interface thinks I’m selecting a choice and I lose the 100% chance for the chapter. All because I wanted to confirm what was being relayed in the lesson. So many times this has frustrated me. Recently however the app has a new problem. When I’m given a few choices but only one phrase, sometimes (and this is very frequent) it doesn’t play the audio at all. Not even when I press the button to play what was said again. So I have to select a random choice to have the app tell me I got it wrong so I can hear what the actual audio is to match it accordingly. I give this app 3/5 stars cause the app still works, it’s just these are two incredibly awful and hindering bugs that need to be fixed. Once fixed, definitely a 5 star app. A lot of learning, a lot of content, integration with Apple Watch, extra listen aloud content, it’s just an incredible resource. Even better if you’re using it online.
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  • Somewhat satisfied May 8, 2019

    By Hmmm1200
    The app is very easy to use and I love how it teaches you different ways to learn a language. I did not purchase anything on the app and I still learned a lot. There are two things I want to address, which I hope can be changed sooner than later. I specifically chose Mandarin as the language I wanted to learn. I understand Rosetta Stone wants us to fully immerse ourselves when learning a different language. However, I often felt as if I was learning pronunciation and phrases, but not really learning what it translates to. This would definitely help me use the language outside of the app and give me more confidence if I knew the exact English translation to ensure I’m using the term/sentence correctly during a conversation. Another thing that was addressed in the FAQs but still had problems with is the speech portion. I had to redo the speaking lesson a few times due to it stating I said it incorrectly and picking up words I didn’t say. For example, when I spoke into the phone to say “bao”, the app mistook it and put “guo.” It was extremely frustrating to have to redo a lesson multiple times due to the mic picking up a different sound.
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  • Embarrassingly low tech for such an expensive program Jul 13, 2020

    By Kailzsters
    I am learning quickly and well using Rosetta Stone, but for $200 I really would expect better. In 2020, it is crazy that an app like this won’t work with the mic from wireless headphones, when wireless headphones have been the norm for years now. Even Duolingo, which is free, works with wireless headphones. Using my phone mic I have to put my mouth right next to the mic for the program to register my responses as correct, which makes it impossible to read the paragraphs of text from the screen... further, I’ve had the app not record my completion of a specific lesson quite a few times and I then have to redo it... The program is constantly telling me I mispronunciations the word “el” in Spanish, so I had my husband, a native speaker try and it did for him too, meaning it has something to do with the program itself, which is frustrating for such an expensive program. Pretty frustrated and disappointed at this point. In the last few days I’ve been turning back to Duolingo, which is easier to use and free...
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  • Nov 21, 2020

    By Josiah Kenyon
    The program is great, i know i have loved it and WOULD love it still, but it doesn't always function well. Doesn't track progress well and will malfunction on occasion. Super annoying to do the same lessons over and over Voice recognition is super slow and often doesn't work. The translation to English also isn't available for whatever reason - so I feel like I'm wasting my time learning words i don't know the English translation of
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  • Great concept horrid execution Feb 20, 2019

    By RussellSteven
    The teaching on this app, I love. It's a great idea. I wish I'd went month to month at this point though rather than pay for two years. It is the buggiest app I've ever used. In fact, it's so buggy the uncommon word "hate" comes to mind. I went all the way thru module three recently and got to the last lesson. I get a pop-up that says, skipping ahead? You didn't finish all the lessons. I go back and look and sure enough, the Review lesson I'd done said I'd not done it. This particular one I knew I'd done...8 times! You see, for the Review lessons, you can't retake and fix one card, it makes you retake the entire lesson! I wanted a 100% so I retook it until I did. Guess what... It apparently lost all progress. I ended up taking it two more times, finally getting everything right. When I finished, it said I missed one anyways. What!? I have another Review that I know I'll never get right because despite voice set to easy and having taken a year in college of German from a native German, it says I cannot pronounce one word. I gave up. In some lessons I can use the wrong word entirely when I'm trying to guess the dialogue and get a 100% but in the Review, which you must fully retake if you miss something, it won't get the single word right. In short, if you are a perfectionist or have limited time to waste on bugs, this is not the app for you. There are better ones for free that won't make you cuss in front of children or want to throw your phone.
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  • Nov 28, 2020

    By Tsuki
    sometimes it doesn't pick up my voice. Like when I'm trying to say the word it says it: it can't hear me even though I'm talking right at it in a clear voice. My phone is brand new so I know it's not my phone. And when I try to record the story it pauses by itself when I'm trying to read and it's just annoying because I want to finish the story and then find the mistakes. Also the paid subscription is so expensive! I want to read more of the stories but there is only one that's free.
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  • Why is it different?? Nov 20, 2018

    By Kaneko Ivy
    I got this because I have the actual PC version of the Japanese Rosetta Stone, and I thought I would be able to access it through the app. Instead, it’s acting like it's a completely different thing?? In the app I can see all the progress I’ve made from where I’ve done it on my computer, but I can’t continue anything and the only option is a huge green button that says “unlock full access” which asks if you want to buy a subscription when you hit it. I already bought the program (which was very expensive), so why in the world would I want to pay nearly as much as what I already purchased for the SAME THING I already purchased when I already have it?? This is just as bad as when Adobe switched from selling full real CD copies of their programs to being subscription-based. Very very disappointed that you can’t get free mobile access when you have already bought the darn thing; it feels like they’re punishing people who prefer buying complete versions instead of subscriptions. I could have sworn back when I bought my RS that it said there was a mobile option for people who bought the physical copy, but evidently this isn’t it. If they’re going to treat this like a totally separate thing you have to pay for, it seems like the progress from your physical copy shouldn’t even be there at all.
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  • The app isn't bad. Their billing is horrible. Jul 1, 2018

    By Sfgkiuggdrj
    You can download the app for free, and even do a lesson. Then it asks you to sign up for a subscription. If you wait a day or so, you get an email with a special offer of $5.99/month. Turns out though, it's not $5.99 a month, it's $147, paid all at once, which gets you a subscription for 24 months. Yes, that comes out to $5.99 a month if you don't understand finance, but it's a lot different if you don't want to pony up that much all at once. Worse, after the term is up, they'll automatically re-subscribe you at their full price, no discount. I hate this underhanded method of taking money from anyone who's not paying attention, and a bunch of people are going to pay a LOT of money for something they don't want. It's close to thievery, and it makes Rosetta Stone nearly dishonest. EDIT: After using this for a couple of weeks, I still think it's pretty good at teaching language. However, the speech module, where it listens to you and grades how well you say things, is completely useless. It doesn't understand you at all, no matter how clearly you say it, and no matter how low you set the bar. I had to turn off the Mic to be able to get through those chapters. The program complained that my Mic was bad, but it works just fine on audio notes and FaceTime, so it's not my Mic.
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  • Nov 26, 2020

    By A Google user
    The app doesn't sync across platforms. No response from support. Terrible customer service. I'd never recommend it. After purchasing the product, it installed on my phone, but there was no mechanism for installing the program on my laptop, which is where I prefer to do my work because it's easier to see on a larger screen. After several emails, contact messaging on Twitter, a note on their Facebook page, and a final follow-up email, I still have no response. This is terrible customer service. Rosetta Stone had such a great reputation. Now I've wasted so much time and there's no refund on the horizon - answer your messages, Rosetta Stone!
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  • Nov 18, 2020

    By Simon Ritchie
    This app WILL NOT sync across devices. They advertise that it does, then when I told them about the problem (13 days after I bought it) I was told to wait as it was getting fixed. It never did, and they ultimately admitted that the app does not sync between platforms, but by that time it was more than 30 days from purchase and they refused to give me a refund. $109 completely lost, well played guys. Try DuoLingo instead, way more fun and just a better app.
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  • Worst learning system Jan 28, 2020

    By kuyakano
    I’ve learned Chinese with Berlitz and Spanish with Pimsleur programs. In the time it took to learn with those programs, I’d say I learned about 1/4 as much with Rosetta Stone. Their flawed system has absolutely NO DEFINITIONS to the pictures they show you, so you don’t know if the foreign word means sugar, salt, or the color white. Their customer service is useless and is also incapable of answering questions regarding the flawed teaching program. Basically you are paying for a guessing game, not a teaching system. I tried it for 6 months and was extremely disappointed in how useless it was in helping me learn a new language compared to previous programs. I learned less with Rosetta Stone than any other language program. Response to Rosetta Stone’s generic, cut and paste response: “pedagogical”??? Why don’t you just say ”teaching”? That’s all the word means is “teaching”. And “Dynamic Immersion” means A technique used in bilingual language education in which TWO languages are used for instruction. Thus, if you don’t know the word in one language, then the definition should be present in the other language. ROSETTA STONE DOES NOT OFFER THE DEFINITIONS IN THE OTHER LANGUAGE. I called your India based “support” countless times for help on this. Their favorite response is”I am sorry we can not help you” So please stop lying to people about your “pedagogical dynamic immersion” techniques, THEY DO NOE WORK.
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  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Michael H
    It just tells you to day a bunch of words without giving you the actual meaning so you don't know what your saying. They do give you a picture but the meaning isn't clear so I could be learning or I could be wasting my time. The app also listens to you speak and tells you if your doing good or not and there is no way that works because it keeps telling me I'm doing good when I know there is no way I'm saying anything right.
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  • Overpriced and outdated Sep 25, 2019

    By rlr524
    This review applies to trying Rosetta Stone for Japanese. Rosetta Stone is simply a solution of the past. There are way too many modern language learning applications that have been proven to work better than this one and are far cheaper. Rosetta Stone is a relic that focuses on rote repetition of out-of-context words and phrases; it was designed back when people studied language using cassette tapes while driving to work and they have never updated their methodology. The intent is that you learn by being “immersed” in a language, however to Rosetta Stone, immersion means “here is a rather ambiguous picture, now figure out this sentence using words and grammar you haven’t been taught.” This isn’t how to truly learn a language, it’s how you memorize outdated phrases and look like an idiot when you try to speak to locals. As for the app itself, the voice recognition feature is indescribably bad: I literally started to say “blah blah blah blah” and was marked as correct half the time. The play back of phrases is clearly English-speakers reading from phonetic scripts, so the pronunciation is horrid. On top of all this, the price is ridiculous for such a poor tool. The great reviews here must be from old timers who don’t know better options exist. There is no reason for this to have more than two stars.
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