A 2014 Foreign Language Thread
I've been reading reviews and looking through foreign language options. My DS1 is 7 and DS2 is 3. My initial plan was to start language with DS1 when he was about 4 or so. Well, I missed that boat...lol! Anyhoo, I'm thinking about getting him going and by default giving his little brother an intro. Some of the info. in the review threads that I read through is so old that I want to make sure they still pertain to modern versions of some of the programs I have in mind. For my oldest, I'm considering Rosetta Stone Homeschool version 3 in German. As much as I'd love to go a tutor route, I don't see it fitting into our budget. I'm hoping that once we're more stable, perhaps I could find a college student who is willing to work cheaply in order to gain experience. But for now, I think I'd just like to use anything I can to get them started. Who has used the homeschool Rosetta stone, specifically version 3? Pros? Cons? Worth the price? I'm considering splurging and getting all five levels because price wise that's the best deal. Effective? Do your kids love it, hate it, etc...? For my little one I thought about just getting the Little Pim set as an exposure sort of thing. I'm hoping that his big brother and I can start to converse in German and include him in that to expand on the Little Pim, since it's not exactly language instruction per se. My familiarity with German stems from high school and college level instruction. It's been a lot of years, but I'm hoping to learn alongside my oldest and jog my memory a bit. I thought about maybe setting aside special nights where we cook German food and only speak German, as much as you can really enforce that with little ones. I imagine that sort of thing will be a little rough just starting out, but those are my thoughts. Has anyone used Little Pim with a youngster? Did your little one like it? Do you feel like it did what it claims to do - gives a good exposure to the language? I've also considered Muzzy. It seems like there's a lot of negative reviews on that one though. But many of those reviews were pretty old. Has anyone used it recently? I know they have an online version now and I think there are games and such? I'm not really sure what all you get with Muzzy and whether or not it would be something worth considering? I appreciate all opinions, experiences from those who are familiar with these programs! Thanks!