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Old 12-01-2006, 08:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all, not sure if there was a previous thread on this topic ??

What are your experiences with Rosetta Stone and/or Powerglide ?
Pricey yes, I saw the cost !
But thought I would check into it and see what others have thought about it.
I am looking at Rosetta Stone Spanish and also Powerglide Jr Spanish for 5yo.

Which language did you chose?
At what age did you start?
Did your dc like it? Learn from it?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:44 AM
 
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Many US public libraries have a version of Rosetta Stone you can use for free. Check with yours, you might get to test it out yourself.

I've heard good things IRL about powerglide but the Amazon reviews aren't exactly glowing so I don't know what to think about that...
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:03 PM
 
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I have the rosetta stone demo cd and I wasn't that impressed. At least not for my young kids, maybe for myself.

I also have power glide jr. Latin. again, not that impressed. It is fun and the kids enjoy it, but I don't think they will learn more then about 50 words total, not worth the cost. If you just want it for a fun easy introduction to learning language it might serve your purpose, get them excited for learning more.

I think I am going to pick
Puretas Abiertas
La Clase Divertida
or maybe Cait's Curriculum

I also hear that Classical Academic Press is going to make a Spanish for Children and I would like to see that.

I think that if my children are going to really learn another language it has to be a curriculum we are all involved in and Rosetta Stone is not that way, and Powerglide Jr. is pretty limited.
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I have used Rosetta Stone and have looked at Power Glide and Power Glide Jr. I also minored in Spanish in college (it took 8 years of Spanish before I felt comfortable having a conversation with a native speaker.)

I chose not to go with Power Glide products because I didn't like the mixing of English and Spanish. I think it encourages too much translation. Plus, I thought they looked hokey.

I really like Rosetta Stone. However, I don't think your children will be fluent speakers when they are done. The only way that will happen is if they spend lots of time with native speakers where English is not spoken at all. Nor will they have a good background in grammar. It uses the immersion method - there is no English at all in the program. The program uses an ingenious mixture of pictures and Spanish so that they get the meanings, similar to how children pick up language. Children don't sit down with a grammar book and learn how to conjugate verbs or ensure noun verb agreement before they learn to speak. They pick it up as they go along.

For a child as young as yours, you might look into La Clase Divertida. I haven't used it, but I have heard rave reviews about it. I think Rosetta Stone might be a little boring for a child that young.


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We have Rosetta Stone for German. So far I like it alot. I haven't started it with the kids yet. Probably not until next year.

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I don't know if you are still looking, but here are some more ideas....

Espanol para chicos and grandes

Spanish at Home you can even get this one for free if your state (or sometimes school district) has United Streaming.

The Learnables

Flip Flop Spanish


Now I think we are going to do Flip Flop (If I could just remember more of those day to day expressions in a house of kids we would speak it lots more.)

And maybe some other cdrom or dvd curriculum if I have enough money.

I don't know if you feel better about all these new suggestions, but I like to check out everything
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