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Hey everyone. So i was wondering if anyone has tried out either the Japanese or Korean rosetta stones. I myself am in love with both cultures; and want to pursue learning each of their languages. I'm not really too interested in learning the writing systems down in length, as during my previous Japanese lessons, i struggled most with writing in Kana and Kanji. However, i really want to learn at-least basic to intermediate conversational Japanese and Korean. I dont necessarily want to be an expert at the language but i want to be able to go there on vacation and have conversations with people and ask about things.

I basically just want to be able to meet new people and at-least hold a semi difficult conversation with them, along with being able to read basic signs.

My main focus would have to be Japanese, due to my undying love for the language; i can understand just about every basic phrase said in most Japanese television and when talking to actual Japanese people, however im not so good at saying them myself.

Do you guys think shelling out the $300-$450 would be worth it?

Thanks in advance for any responses, its VERY much appreciated.

Cheers!
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Well, I think you should do what you love so go for it and I plan on learning german through Rosetta Stone.
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yeah, that's what i was thinking too. Just wondered if anyone had a good experience with it, since i keep hearing different opinions about it. Good luck to you in learning German. Germans a pretty cool language, seems a bit complicated though.

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Rosetta Stone doesn't do the best with the translations for japanese because it has trouble differing hiragana (one of the japanese letter systems) and furigana (the conjugations of the verbs) As for Korean that may be different. But so far I'm finding it hard to learn japanese or chinese using rosetta stone. Definitely not worth the $350 pricetag.

But it may be different for you, I just didn't have the best of luck with it. Good luck learning
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alright. Yeah that's what i was worrying about. How do you find the speaking section (if they have one). Have you found that you are actually learning proper pronunciation and such? Learning how to hold conversations with others?

Thanks for the response!
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The actual responses aren't as bad and make sense according to native speakers I know, but are really formal and aren't typically spoken in casual areas or day to day life unless you're at a formal place
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Alright, thank you very much for the info m8 :).
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:



Alright, thank you very much for the info m8 :).


No problem, love helping people

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Rosetta Stone doesn't do the best with the translations for japanese because it has trouble differing hiragana (one of the japanese letter systems) and furigana (the conjugations of the verbs)


I think you're getting your terms mixed up just a bit. Furigana are small hiragana characters placed on top of kanji to assist with reading. The hiragana you're thinking of, that typically trails after a lot of verbs and adjectives for conjugation, I can't remember what it's called.

Now, as far as Rosetta Stone is concerned, I tried it a couple years back and it was a decent start but it does emphasize polite Japanese a lot. Verbal practice was nice, some of the reading practice was good, but the writing component was a joke. The best part was the sessions with online instructors where you'd basically have a conversation in Japanese. That aside, the overall content was very generic and culturally irrelevant. I would agree that it was overpriced, however, as you can spend your time on a lot of other lower-cost or even free resources and learn a lot more.
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Rosetta Stone (RS)

1 - not for people in a rush, or want to start talking to a native very soon, or need to learn a language in a short time for business.
It takes so long. In order to learn Japanese, you instantly need Particles, and verb inflections.

2 - The problem with Japanese is, most of the time the written language is not as same as the spoken language.
RS teaches polite-formal language.

You can get pimsleur at a library, or buy it for under 20USD. you can learn more on one pimsleur CD in one hour, than a week in RS.

Never Buy Language Books, Unless they are native. Because, most books, are only 20% complete for Japanese.

Since you are learning Japanese, Korean will come easier, because, similar grammatical functions.

3 - if you pay 300USD+ for RS, it is not worth it, you end up with just pretend Japanese, or play Japanese.
You will not understand no movies, or Anime. Better to go first get a great Grammar book on particles,
or go to Japanesepod101, or Mango, mango is free if you live in the states and have a library
card.

also it best to learn the 5 most useful functions of verbs and a book that cover almost all the particles.

To be honest now days with the advance technological advancements, you can get a better education for free, than paying for 400USD software.

I hope this is some help =)
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