Rosetta Stone- Latin America Spanish – Being half Hispanic I have long wanted to be able to fluently speak Spanish. Unfortunately no one in my immediate family can, so I had to rely on my classes in school. With block scheduling it was very hard to ever get very far with it. I had frequently heard about software called Rosetta Stone, but had never given it much thought until my Dad decided he wanted to buy it to try to learn Spanish. That is when the amazing world of the Rosetta Stone was opened to me.
Now the Rosetta Stone does not come cheap. It is usually around $150 for a level. You can save money if you buy 1, 2, and 3 at the same time. This is what we did. Just be sure if you do this that you are going to take the time to do the programs so that your investment pays off.
The theory before the software is that as children we learn our primary languages by associating words with objects we see every day. Using this principle, the Rosetta Stone uses a variety of high quality photos to get you to learn words and to be able to put together phrases. As in most Spanish classes, there is no English in the entire program, including instructions. Instead you will be repeating words or parts of words that the native speakers say, speaking to answer a question, typing words, or matching the spoken word or sentence with the correct picture. Unlike most forms of learning a language, this one is hard to get bored with because it is so interactive.
The difference between the Latin America and Spain version is comparable to the difference between the English spoken in the United States, and the English spoken in the United Kingdom. The basics are the same, but words, and ways of saying things differ. I chose the Latin American version because, living in the United States, it is more common.