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Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

Rosetta Stone Ltd

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

4.7 Ratings 426K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
426.2K+ Ratings
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  • Sep 17, 2020

    By Aaron Lund
    New feature added at end of lessons is a welcome respite from the normal paradigm. there is still a big problem with hitting the tiny play buttons: they are 1/4 of a finger print. Thanks for the response. I'll submit it there. I've been using the app for several months now and my ability to click the buttons has improved so it's less of an issue.
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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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  • Sep 17, 2020

    By John Hale
    Interesting, if sometimes frustrating, approach to language learning. My one criticism is that during the "pick a phrase" exercises when I try to hit the play button to hear the phrase read aloud the app sometimes, apparently at random, interprets this as a selection leading to either 1) getting the exercise wrong when I hadn't meant to make a selection, or 2) getting the exercise right without knowing what the correct phrase was (because it didn't play). Frustrating!
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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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  • Sep 19, 2020

    By D'n'B Kopite
    Used it years ago on someone else's computer and loved it. Thought I'd treat myself and don't regret it at all (I went Lifetime Access). I spend more time than expected using this app, but in a good way. It really makes the time fly by - perfect for long commutes, airport waits etc. You can close the app without 'saving' and it'll continue where you left off. I just hope I'm entitled to future additions to the catalogue since £199 is a big layout for an app.
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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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  • 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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  • Sep 14, 2020

    By Lisa Johnston
    The last couple of upgrades have actually lost instead of gained features. The translation feature is gone. I can no longer hold on a picture and translate. The review lesson is gone, so now it's short 4 lessons per lesson pod, that's a lot of lessons gone. The lessons are jumbled in the pods, I think this may be a glitch. I paid for this app, and things are being taken away. Why?
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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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  • 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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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!
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  • Sep 17, 2020

    By John Hale
    Interesting, if sometimes frustrating, approach to language learning. My one criticism is that during the "pick a phrase" exercises when I try to hit the play button to hear the phrase read aloud the app sometimes, apparently at random, interprets this as a selection leading to either 1) getting the exercise wrong when I hadn't meant to make a selection, or 2) getting the exercise right without knowing what the correct phrase was (because it didn't play). Frustrating!
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  • Sep 19, 2020

    By D'n'B Kopite
    Used it years ago on someone else's computer and loved it. Thought I'd treat myself and don't regret it at all (I went Lifetime Access). I spend more time than expected using this app, but in a good way. It really makes the time fly by - perfect for long commutes, airport waits etc. You can close the app without 'saving' and it'll continue where you left off. I just hope I'm entitled to future additions to the catalogue since £199 is a big layout for an app.
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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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  • Sep 16, 2020

    By Vanessa Martinez
    Its a little frustrating that I bought the computer programs and had to pay the same price for access to the app to study away from my desk (and the progress doesn't link together), But the programs and services are excellent and fun to use and easy to navigate. My only complaint is that on the app, the complex characters does not have pronunciation characters to easily read (Japanese kanji[Chinese characters] doesnt have the hiragana [alphabet], for reading the current pronunciation used
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  • Sep 17, 2020

    By Aaron Lund
    New feature added at end of lessons is a welcome respite from the normal paradigm. there is still a big problem with hitting the tiny play buttons: they are 1/4 of a finger print. Thanks for the response. I'll submit it there. I've been using the app for several months now and my ability to click the buttons has improved so it's less of an issue.
    more
  • 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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  • Sep 18, 2020

    By Kate Straub
    Overall, this is a great app. I have the lifetime subscription, and it's installed across my numerous devices, which is great. I find it fun and easy to use, though the voice recognition is a little wonky from time to time (e.g., I say the phrase, it's wrong, I modify, it's wrong, I say the phrase, it's still wrong, I repeat exactly as I had been, and it's right), hence four stars. I very much recommend for the ease of use and effectiveness of the training.
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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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  • Sep 21, 2020

    By Kim Ashford
    The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that if you are beginner not understanding the verbs , pronouns makes it hard to understand that voice. And when I would repeat the saying it would not understand what I was saying and mark it as wrong even though I could see it being registered as right. The system does not pick up on different voice tones that well. And I found the pronunciation of words it different in the male voice then the female voice and this also makes it hard to understand.
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  • Sep 17, 2020

    By Zach Gault
    Very slow. I feel like I'm learning spanish from the zootopia sloths. The little animations of the answer moving into the blank spot look nice but they slow it down so much and cannot be turned off. (No rosetta. The app is not running slow. The speed you set the animations to is slow. Just a setting to skip the animation would be a perfect fix.)
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  • Aug 28, 2020

    By Kaemin Hunter
    When I started, learning this way couldn't have been better for me personally. What sucks is the voice recognition that allows you to practice pronunciation with words just doesn't work anymore. I've corrected every setting possible numerous times, and even after the update this feature WILL...NOT...WORK. I've given up on it to be honest, but the further you go the harder the language becomes, obviously. This feature would help a lot. I hope I'm the only one with this reoccurring issue.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sep 14, 2020

    By Lisa Johnston
    The last couple of upgrades have actually lost instead of gained features. The translation feature is gone. I can no longer hold on a picture and translate. The review lesson is gone, so now it's short 4 lessons per lesson pod, that's a lot of lessons gone. The lessons are jumbled in the pods, I think this may be a glitch. I paid for this app, and things are being taken away. Why?
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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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  • Sep 5, 2020

    By hofit shalom
    Hello, the microphone worked for me yesterday as soon as I downloaded the app and today any section that has this talk just skips alone to the next section after it. The microphone permission works, I checked the Haggadot but it does not seem to be a problem for me. DA, I am developing Android and I wanted to improve my speaking skills so this is the most important feature for me at the moment. It is in Android device note 10 version 10.3. Please update me if there is a solution to the problem.
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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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  • 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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  • Terrible! use Duolingo Aug 31, 2018

    By Middle age mom
    This app is weird, stupid, obscure and terrible. I think the reviews that are positive are fake. Deliberately confusing seems to be the modus operandi. I have learned much, much more from the free version of Duolingo. One thing you need to know about Duolingo is you can get health back by practice. This app seemed good during the small free part, it’s no surprise they want you to pay for the whole thing upfront, no one would continue if it were a monthly plan. Save your money! Ridiculous scenarios are given with vague pictures and you’re supposed to supply the dialogue, I couldn’t provide the dialogue in my native language let alone in a foreign language. Stupid stupid stupid deliberately vague aggravating, and they know it and don’t do anything about it. The microphone works only intermittently sometimes the speakers don’t work either, supposedly the app is saying something but you don’t hear anything and it Marks you wrong when it’s never said anything. Incredibly aggravating makes my blood boil. I don’t know why I ever spent any money on this app. It pisses me off to read all the reviews and they tell you to go inside the app and report the problem. I took the time to tell you what the problem was- go fix it don’t tell me to go report it somewhere else!
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  • Worst ever Oct 27, 2019

    By tri.ana.tri
    I don’t know why this app has such great reviews. I’m trying to learn Hebrew and it’s the most difficult and least user friendly app out there. It hasn’t taught me to read the language and yet, it shows the words in Hebrew above the pictures so I can’t practice my pronunciation visually. Additionally, due to the lack of American translation, this throws me into sentences of which I have no idea what I’m saying and I have to figure it out based on the pictures?? Absolutely absurd as I spent three days thinking I learned to say something but when I asked my husband what The app was saying, it was a different sentence than what I had thought. I unfortunately paid 2 years worth and hope no one gets trapped into buying this as well. The first trial is easy so it makes it fun and integrative but in actuality there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason for the progression of the lessons and it won’t tell you what exactly it’s trying to teach you like plurals or colors - you figure it out as you do the lessons. Also this app is only integrative and doesn’t give other options as auditory which would a nice option to have it I’m driving or running and I can just listen along. It’s a god awful app and I wish I could get my money back.
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  • DO NOT BUY May 20, 2018

    By SquiddyTick YT
    Don't buy this app. Just don't. I had deleted the app because it wasn't very shellfish to me in my opinion, and every day, since I'm not using the app since I deleted it, I get at least two or three emails every day from Rosetta Stone, DONT FORGET YOUR FREE 3 MONTHS every single day I don't use the app. I guess that you need to use the app daily the second after you buy it or else they'll constantly fill your email and use up space in your phone. They just cannot accept that you stopped using the app ever. Within 2 days of me deleting it, I got 6 emails saying 3 FREE MONTHS DONT FORGET TO CLAIM IT. If you do buy this app and don't plan to use it every single day of your life, Too bad. You probably already gave them your email and now you'll never stop getting emails for the rest of your life. Even if you delete the app, nice try. They'll still send emails. There isn't any way stop it either. Even after reading this you still decide to get the app, just be ready. There are plenty of other apps that are much better apps than this in every way. They are obsessed with you using the app. Here's a language lesson for you, the translation for "claim your 3 free months now", is "USE OUR FREAKING APP MORE". You're welcome.
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