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Old 02-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Advice on learning a new language?

A short term goal of mine is to visit Rome for a week so I can spend time exploring Vatican City. Kind of a pilgrimage.

I'd like to learn Italian and I hear about Rosetta Stone constantly but does it really work?

I pick up on foreign languages fairly easily. Took French and Spanish in high school and while I've forgotten most of it, I understand that Latin is often the root language and while I don't really know that either, it seems easy to recognize.

So, as always, any good advice?

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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If I were to get serious about learning a new language (by that I mean being able to get around in that language's country), I'd go with Rosetta Stone. It's so widely used and recommended it would probably be difficult to not learn. With a language facility, you will do it even faster. Italian is very similar to Spanish.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Our local high school uses Rosetta Stone, in combination with the regular foreign language classes. The kids like it, and it seems to work.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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Cool, thanks Andy! That's kinda what I wanted to hear.

My trip to Rome may or may not be the only one so I'd like to make it count, just in case. If I can build on my weak foundation of Spanish, that would be good too. :)
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If you are only going for a week, the initial price of the Rosetta Stone Program maybe a turn off for a weeks worth of language, in a place that speaks plenty of English.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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Check ebay and see if one is for sale. It is a bit pricey, but very effective. My son used it (Rosetta Stone) to learn Albanian. He married a girl from Albania and learned it fast enough that he was able to call her father in Albania and ask him for permission to marry his daughter. They talked for an hour. Her whole family was so impressed.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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If you are only going for a week, the initial price of the Rosetta Stone Program maybe a turn off for a weeks worth of language, in a place that speaks plenty of English.
It would be worth it for me.

It would be both enjoyable and challenging to get everything out of it I could.

I'm not making the trip just for the hell of it, afterall.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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I took Spanish and Italian in High School, mmphgh years ago...it was easy picking up on the Italian, many words in common for those day to day things.
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I took a look at ebay. From what I coud figure out, it will cost $159.00. But I can't figure out if it is for one language or all four. I think it is one. All sellers offer free shippiing if you buy it now instead of bidding on it.
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I took a look at ebay. From what I coud figure out, it will cost $159.00. But I can't figure out if it is for one language or all four. I think it is one. All sellers offer free shippiing if you buy it now instead of bidding on it.
I think a full course runs in the $600 range (yikes!)

A bit F'ing expensive but reasonable if it works well.

It would be cheaper than a college course.
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