Social media during the stay-at-home orders feels a lot like mini New Year’s—there is more drinking and a lot of people talking about setting personal goals. Besides the very popular take a shower every day goal, there has been a spike in people wanting to learn a new language.
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This is really important, especially for people who are new to the language. Rosetta Stone starts out teaching you basic vocabulary: man, woman, girl, boy, run, walk, water, milk, you get the idea. Every exercise builds on that basis, meaning you’ll spend a lot of time saying, writing, and picking those words out of multiple-choice options.
Experts suggest that beginners set a goal for the number of vocabulary words they want to learn each week. That will help keep you motivated to do the exercises even when you don’t feel like it. You’ll also want to set a longer-term goal, maybe you want to be able to order at a restaurant in Spanish or ask for directions from someone on the street. Both of these will take some time, but can help direct your learning.
The hardest part about learning a new language is the amount of time it takes. The U.S. Foreign Service Institute estimates that it takes about 480 hours to reach basic proficiency in a new language. So it’s essential that you break that down into an hour a day or five hours per week, so you’re constantly challenging yourself and not getting discouraged.
Rosetta Stone redesigned its lessons, so users have more control over what they’re working on. The lessons are built around a core idea and then followed up with pronunciation, reading, listening, vocabulary, and grammar exercises. The new Your Plan system helps pick the lessons you're most interested in and gives you personalized alerts.
Language is an essential part of our lives, which is why children learn it so rapidly. Every time you go to put on your shoes, think zapatos or chaussures to help solidify the concepts. Thinking in the new language will also help you “translate” in your mind more quickly as you work your way toward fluency. Rosetta Stone’s app has fun scavenger-hunt style challenges that will help you do this with everyday objects.
There are so many nuances and idioms in language that can really only be learned via exposure. All of Rosetta Stone’s lessons are available with an audio companion, so you can listen instead of stare at a screen the whole time. This will help you pick up on more natural pronunciation and sentence structure than reading alone.
Rosetta Stone also offers live online tutoring. Subscribers can sign up to practice with a language coach in a small group setting (no more than 4 students) or one-on-one. This gives users the chance to practice conversationally, even if they are in the early stages of learning.
Speaking a new language is intimidating, especially to other adults who know it already. But Rosetta Stone’s online tutoring is a safe space to practice and get gentle guidance and correction. The coaches know how far along you are in the lessons, and therefore don’t expect you to be perfect. And besides, who doesn’t stumble over their own words in English sometimes?
That’s the whole point! It’s likely that the reason you’re learning a new language is to take a dream trip or communicate more easily with a family member, coworker, or friend, so make sure you’re learning about things you enjoy. Rosetta Stone has games that you can play online with another learner or a native speaker.
Their experts also suggest you try out your favorite activities in the new language every once in awhile. For example, you can watch a favorite movie or TV show without subtitles or cook from an untranslated recipe to build your skills without having to set time aside specifically for lessons.
Rosetta Stone is a proven language-learning software program for beginners, and PC Mag recommends it to anyone looking to build a functional foundation in a new language.
This post is sponsored by Rosetta Stone.
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