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Rosetta Stone Japanese
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Posted 7/9/10
I hate Rosetta Stone, I can't focus on it. For me good oldfashioned textbook learning and workbook exercises are the best thing (with or without a teacher)

Info on Rosetta Stone Japanese and alternatives: http://www.tofugu.com/2009/12/01/alternatives-to-rosetta-stone-japanese-i-e-should-i-buy-rosetta-stone/
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Posted 7/17/10 , edited 7/17/10
Rosetta Stone is okay but I'm certainly glad I didn't need to pay for mine.
I'm used to learning languages a different way than Rosetta Stone teaches; I don't like that it lacks explanations of what you're learning.
I understand that you're supposed to be learning as a child who knows nothing but what they hear and see and associate it that way but at the same time it'd be nice to know so you yourself don't think you're saying something you're not.

I also found that, unless you already know hiragana, etc. you're probably going to fail all the parts that ask you to fill in the missing sounds because they don't bother to teach you how to read for a very long time.

Again, I know you're learning as a child to read but every child is taught the alphabet before taught to read...

All in all I think Rosetta Stone can be an extremely helpful tool in learning a language on your own but I don't think it should be the only tool.

And yes you need a lot of patience and a lot of motivation to learn a language. If your heart isn't in it, you aren't going to learn it.
I know four languages, working on another two; you can't give up.
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Posted 7/22/10
I've only used Rosetta Stone once and it was in my Japanese Class and we've never used it since.
I've been thinking of getting Rosetta Stone but the price always scares me.
I actually use on website called 'Livemocha.com' and I think it's kind of like Rosetta Stone but it's entirely FREE.
you can actually interact with other people who are natives of that language and who are learning the same language as you.
There's writing exercises and speaking exercises that you can submit. It's pretty cool.
But it is kind of broad and the spelling and translations are wrong sometimes.
I recommend it though.
Posted 7/31/10
japanese is a very complex language and i agree. rosetta stone sucks. ive tried it for fun before
Posted 8/3/10
nihongo narau website is better.
Posted 8/3/10

Sammy-Chan wrote:

I've only used Rosetta Stone once and it was in my Japanese Class and we've never used it since.
I've been thinking of getting Rosetta Stone but the price always scares me.
I actually use on website called 'Livemocha.com' and I think it's kind of like Rosetta Stone but it's entirely FREE.
you can actually interact with other people who are natives of that language and who are learning the same language as you.
There's writing exercises and speaking exercises that you can submit. It's pretty cool.
But it is kind of broad and the spelling and translations are wrong sometimes.
I recommend it though.


I went through various languages through livemocha, but to my surprise, japanese has the most errors/typos in the studies. I wouldnt rely on them. Japanese people rarely come through unfortunately.
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Posted 8/3/10
It's good for vocab and pronunciation but I needed another resource to learn hiragana and katakana. Memorizing the characters and actually writing them are entirely different things.
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Posted 11/21/10 , edited 11/21/10
You guys should try smart.fm

You can change the language of the website from japanese to english at the top right of the screen.
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Posted 11/22/10
I bought the first volume for almost $300 and it works well.
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Posted 3/8/11
It works, I used it for my spanish class. Most people hate it cause of the different style of teaching.

Rosetta basically teaches you as if you were child, or if it was your 1st language. but it doesn't work for most people since they unintentionally try to relate anything to there native language. So in terms of japanese if I said ”りんご” you'd have no idea what it means. Once I introduce a picture of an apple, instead of putting the image & りんご together, you would see the image and think "apple". Then you'd come to the conclusion that its an "apple" & japanese for apple is りんご.

In order to use rosetta, you need to remove the step in which you think in english. so if I show you the picture & said りんご, that would be the only word you know, & the only way to describe that object you saw. Once you learn how to do that, rosetta becomes the best learning software available. but learning not to think in english is hard, which is why a lot of people can't learn from it.
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Posted 3/8/11
The best(not only) way to learn japanese is by learning it from bilingual native japanese honestly
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Posted 3/13/11 , edited 3/13/11
http://iknow.jp

I have been using Cerego's English-Japanese courses for long time. I study almost daily and it is where I did learn to read Hiragana and Katakana.

http://www.timwerx.net

Amazing source of grammar facts from Japanese language. :)
I have memorized tons of Japanese grammar stuff after that site helped me to get started.
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Posted 3/13/11 , edited 3/13/11
From my experience there is no language training software that is the best in all departments. Rosetta stone has it's strengths, but it also has it's weaknesses. I find Rosetta is good at association of words with visual things, but yet doesn't explain some of the little things that make you wonder why they are included in the language and are never explained in the software.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, then I would suggest Pimsleur Japanese. Pimsleur is just 30 minute audio files which you go thru one everyday. There are 3 levels with 30 lessons in each level, so essentially it would take you roughly 90 days to finish it. As long as you stick to this one module a day schedule, then it is very effective in teaching basic conversational Japanese. Being audio only it doesn't give any visual association training like Rosetta does, but it does explain sentence structure and the proper way and order of saying things in Japanese. I feel that one 30 minute lesson in Pimsleur taught me more than I was able to learn in several hours in Rosetta.
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Posted 3/13/11
lol, you can't just learn a new language in under 10 minutes. It takes time.
Posted 3/15/11
People say it's awesome,
but they've never tried it themselves >_____>
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