Learn Korean with Rosetta Stone: Pt. 1
In today’s post, I want to talk about another tool that I’ve been using in my Korean language journey. And that tool is Rosetta Stone! This post isn’t sponsored by the way. I’ve had the software for a few years now and one thing I can say about them is that they are trying hard to stay current amongst other language learning apps and tools. Today, their website not only lets you keep up with your lessons from the software, but they offer games and other tools to help strengthen writing, listening, and conversational skills. They also have an app to supplement their site and software.
In this post, I mainly want to focus on the software and the website. I will talk about the app in a later post.
One of the very first things you want to do as a beginner after you set up your software is to learn Hangul (the Korean alphabet) if you haven’t done so already. With Rosetta Stone, under the question mark tab, you can find a dropdown list containing Help, Start Tour, Contact Support, Alphabet, Audio Companion, About Rosetta Stone, and a PDF for all about learning Korean!
Once you click on Alphabet, it will open a window that looks like this:
There is audio so you can not only hear how the character is pronounced, but you can also hear sample words with the character in it and how to pronounce them as well.
Once you have practiced and learned Hangul, you can dive headfirst into the lessons.
In this picture, it is teaching the learner how to say “juice” in Korean. First, you listen to how the word is pronounced, then you repeat after the program syllable by syllable, before saying the whole word. If you have trouble with a word, you can click on one of the waveform buttons and it will take you to another window where you can record yourself practicing how to say the word, as well as listen to a Native speaker’s pronunciation.
I like that if you don’t get 100% on a lesson, you can take it over again. ^^
As you go through the lessons, there are occasional review tests that measure how much you’ve learned so far. The reviews are great because they keep what you’ve learned fresh in your mind. As you go through the lessons, the words you’ve learned pop up occasionally too.
As I mentioned before, under the question mark, there is a tab called Audio Companion. Once you click that, you are taken to the Rosetta Stone website where it explains exactly what the Audio Companion offers.
Once you have gone through the process of registering your product and making sure you subscribe to Rosetta Stone’s online services, the website opens up even more tools for you besides the Audio Companion.
You can start with picking out a learning plan and the site will help you set it up after you put in your level and goal.
The site will show you your progress with Rosetta Stone so far, including your scores. There is also a tab you can click on called Extended Learning. Under Extended Learning, not only can you find Audio Companion, but there are games, a talk feature (where you can practice speaking and listening with other Korean language learners or Native speakers), and a ‘stories’ feature (where you can read, listen, and record yourself reading the stories out loud).
The site and the program go hand in hand. What you’ve learned with the program is supplemented by the site. You have to make sure to subscribe to the online services as soon as possible so you won’t miss out on the great things Rosetta Stone offers.
I think Rosetta Stone is a great investment that can help you a lot when you’re learning a language. There are always deals and sales you can hit up to get the software for a lower price, so make sure to keep an eye out. You can always try a free three-day trial to test out the program to see if you like it. I encourage everyone to give it a try! ^^