Rosetta Stone for Families Review ~ Learn a New Language with Your Kids

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Are you considering buying Rosetta Stone to learn a new language with your kids? My family has had great success in learning to speak and read foreign languages with this online service. Rosetta Stone can help brush up language skills, augment school-taught language classes, or add foreign language to your homeschooling curriculum. This review covers what you need to know about Rosetta Stone and teaches how to use this learning system.

Teen learning a foreign language with Rosetta Stone

My teen learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Language Options

Rosetta Stone comes in 28 languages. Plus, learners can choose from different versions of English (British or American) and Spanish (Latin America or Spain).

Best of all, if you choose the Lifetime Unlimited Package like I did, you can choose multiple languages. This option works best for families who love to travel and who want to learn some key phrases before visiting various foreign destinations.

Common Rosetta Stone Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • English

Additional Rosetta Stone Languages

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Rosetta Stone pricing

Online Subscription

Back in the day, Rosetta Stone was all about CD-roms. My computer doesn’t even have a CD-rom drive so I’m happy to say those days are over. Nowadays you buy an online subscription instead. It works on both Macs and PCs. You just go to RosettaStone.com, choose the language you want, and you’re ready to start learning!

tween practicing his Spanish skills at home with Rosetta Stone

My tween practicing his Spanish skills at home with Rosetta Stone

Pricing Has Improved

The main thing holding me back from purchasing Rosetta Stone in years past was the cost. Once upon a time, the cost of a full-set of Rosetta Stone language CD-roms could cost more than $550. Thankfully, pricing has improved significantly. The longer your subscription, the better the monthly pricing, too. Choose from 3-months, 12-months, 24-months, and the best deal, a Lifetime Unlimited Languages package.

Alternatively, you can sign up for just a few months at first to see if Rosetta Stone is a good fit for you. If you want to learn some phrases in a particular language for an upcoming trip, but don’t necessarily feel like attempting to become fluent, you may want to start with a 3-month plan. Try Rosetta Stone with a 3-month subscription.

Matching the phrase to the photo is easy and fun with Rosetta Stone

Matching the phrase to the photo is easy and fun (Screenshot from RosettaStone.com)

Immersive Language Learning

Rosetta Stone uses immersive learning to teach languages. That means, you’ll hear no English at all while learning Spanish, Mandarin, or whichever language you choose. Students intuitively learn a new language through a series of photos, spoken words, and written words. It’s similar to how you learned to speak your native language. Your mom offered you red piece of fruit and called it an apple and you came to think, “That’s an apple.”

For me, Rosetta Stone feels like an online puzzle or game. You’ll match pictures to the correct words and fill in blanks. My favorite part, though, is speaking out loud the words and phrases I’m learning. Maybe that’s because I like to hear the sound of my own voice?!

After starting with nouns, you move up to adjectives including colors and numbers, and eventually on to verbs. Honestly, it’s a lot easier and more fun than the boring rote memorization I experienced in high school French class. If you get stuck, online tutoring is available too but my family has not made use of this option (yet).

My progress thus far in Rosetta Stone Spanish

My progress thus far in Rosetta Stone Spanish (Screenshot from RosettaStone.com)

There’s an App for That

Along with learning on your computer, your online Rosetta Stone subscription comes with a handy app for your smart phone, so you can practice your language skills anywhere. Just pop on some headphones and you’re good to go. If using the app around other people and you don’t want to cause a commotion, just disable the microphone and Rosetta Stone will modify the portions of the lessons for which oral responses are required.

A Rosetta Stone Spanish lesson on the app on my smart phone

A Rosetta Stone Spanish lesson on the app on my smart phone (Screenshot)

My Experience with Rosetta Stone French

Before our family trip to Paris, I figured I should brush up on my French skills. I lived in Montpellier, France for a year during college and I was a French major. But college was (ahem!) years ago and I don’t get to use this skill in my everyday life.

Since I already speak French, I skipped the first unit all together. It was amazing how quickly my French-speaking skills came back after just a few sessions. Rosetta Stone even helped me remember how to conjugate various verbs, always my biggest language stumbling block. Truly, I felt so much more at ease speaking French upon our arrival in Paris than I would have if I’d gone there without brushing up with Rosetta Stone French.

I just wish I’d encouraged my kids to do a few French lessons with Rosetta Stone before our trip. The French language intimidates them for some reason. If they’d completed even a few lessons from the first French Unit, then I know they would have felt more comfortable saying a few words to people we met during our journey. This would have come in handy to communicate with restaurant servers, cab drivers, shop keepers, and other kids on the playground. I could barely get them to utter, “Bonjour!”

La Place de Comedie in Montpellier, France

Rosetta Stone helped me feel more confident speaking French in my former college town of Montpellier (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

My Family’s Experience with Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America)

For the past two summers, my family has spent a month in a Spanish-speaking country. We attended in-person language classes while living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina. But before our trips, we used Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) to brush up on our Spanish skills.

All family members progress at our own pace. Of the four of us, learning Spanish comes easiest to me. I took one semester of Spanish in college and I worked for a couple of years in a Mexican restaurant where a lot of the employees were Spanish speakers. Plus, I speak another romance language.

My teen daughter started taking Spanish in middle school and is continuing this pursuit in high school, so Rosetta Stone provides good reenforcement of what she’s learning at school. She and I tend to click through lessons rapidly, whereas my husband takes longer to digest the information and respond to the program. (Check out my daughter practicing her Spanish with Rosetta Stone a couple of years ago in the video below.)

My tween has had success “playing” Rosetta Stone Spanish, too. He started using the language learning system at age 10 and at first it took him a little while to understand how to answer the questions, but he eventually caught on after a bit of explanation from mom. The biggest challenge for him is slowing down. He’s used to playing fast-moving video games and sometimes he just wants to click, click, click rather than pause to think before he selects an answer.

Kids in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone helped my kids when we traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Rosetta Stone for Kids and Teens

There’s also Rosetta Stone Homeschool, created specifically for homeschooling families and parents who want their kids to learn a new language at home. I did not try the homeschool option, but we started using Rosetta Stone when my kids were ages 10 and 13 and they did just fine with the “grown-up” Rosetta Stone version.

What age is Rosetta Stone appropriate for? If your kids can read, type and play video games, I’d say they can learn with a standard Rosetta Stone subscription. Decide for yourself by taking a look at the Rosetta Stone Homeschool subscription.

Rosetta Stone online language learning

Rosetta Stone online language learning (Photo credit: Rosetta Stone)

Start Learning a Foreign Language with Rosetta Stone

Whether you want to become totally fluent in a new language, brush up on rusty language skills, or just feel more comfortable conversing with locals during an upcoming foreign vacation, I highly recommend Rosetta Stone. You can even try a Rosetta Stone demo or 3-day free trial. Now you have no more excuses!

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A Note from The Travel Mama: I received a free subscription to Rosetta Stone Spanish as well as monetary compensation related to this story. I love this language learning program so much that I have since purchased the Lifetime Unlimited Languages program.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Melissa Chapman says

    I am only able to speak two languages English and Hebrew but it comes in handy in a lot of situations. My son is learning a little Italian in school but I want him to learn Spanish so I might look into Rosetta Stone , it seems so kid friendly.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Two is better than one! And it must be fun to use your Hebrew during visits to Israel!

  2. I am trying to brush up on my French before our European vacation this summer. I took 3 years in high school but forgot most of what I learned that long ago. I think getting Rosetta Stone would be really helpful in helping me remember so I can speak with the locals on our travels without looking like a fool.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Theresa – Locals always really appreciate when visitors at least attempt to speak some of the local language. I hope Rosetta Stone helps you prepare for your European vacation. So exciting!

  3. Our Family World says

    This is fantastic! Aside for English, I am also fluent in Mandarin. but what I want to learn is how to read and write in Mandarin. It is difficult to learn to properly write those characters. I am wondering if Rosetta Stone offers that too. I will have to check on it soon.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I can’t vouch for the Mandarin version of Rosetta Stone, but I know that it is offered. If you decide to use Rosetta for Mandarin, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  4. I am a huge fan of Rosetta Stone and heard great things about it! I am hoping to teach my kiddies french and will have to look into this program.

  5. I dont have a family with kids but I definitely would like to do Rosetta Stone for Spanish. I need to brush up on my Spanish more!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Rosetta Stone really helped me remember my college French. I bet you it’d be great for brushing up on your Spanish. With the free trial program, you might as well give it a shot!

  6. Codrut Turcanu says

    my sister has learned Swedish and has a great paying job as a result. I think kids should learn as many language as possible when they’re young and apply for the proper jobs.

    P.S. Rosetta Stone sounds interesting! 🙂

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Codrut – How great that your sister landed a good job due to her language skills! Rosetta Stone really is easy and fun to do. I hope you’ll give it a try…maybe you could work with your sister?! 😉

  7. Do you need to have more than one license for multiple children? Or can they share?

    • Colleen Lanin says

      We have just one subscription to Rosetta Stone that we use for the entire family. You can choose which lessons you want to do and retake them or skip them as much as you want, so you should be good to go with just one license. Happy language learning!

  8. Shannon Blackham says

    Great idea for a new learning opportunity!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Thanks for your note, Shannon! We really love learning with Rosetta Stone…especially now during this social distancing period. We’ve got to keep our brains active! 🙂

  9. Alexandra Michelle says

    Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are fully bilingual in English and Spanish and we are working hard on teaching our girls both languages. However living in California they are way more fluent in English. I think this system would be great to complement our efforts to teach them Spanish. Quick question: they learn just to speak and read the language? Or do they learn to write it too?

    • Colleen Lanin says

      There are some lessons that involve typing the words. Best wishes in teaching your kids Spanish with Rosetta Stone! Hope you love it as much I do!

  10. Question about the family learning. I’m really interested in the unlimited languages, but I don’t see a way for my entire family to have this option. Do I need to buy an “unlimited languages” subscription for all of us (me, my spouse, 3 kids)?

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Just buy one Lifetime Unlimited subscription for your family to share! That’s what we do. You just need to keep track of which lesson each family member is on for the next time you login. Enjoy! 🙂

      • Keith Bornmann says

        My daughter says that the program keeps track of her progress and how well she did on different sections. Our concern would be that another user trying to use the Spanish course would affect her stats.

        • Colleen Lanin says

          Keith – If your family wants to share one subscription, you will need to keep track of which lesson each member has completed. Otherwise, you could sign up for multiple subscriptions so that each family member has her or his own. 🙂

  11. Corinne McDermott says

    I am seriously considering investing in this–for me AND my kids. Especially with this lockdown and seeing how ineffective the school lessons at home are feeling…

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Corinne – I really can’t recommend Rosetta Stone enough. I haven’t been practicing lately and I need to get back into my Spanish lessons!

  12. Hi, we are interested to use Rosetta Stone for our 2 kids. Can you share how 2 or more users can navigate or use one subscription? My kids will be learning the same language, but each on their own pace.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Nina – When using Rosetta Stone, you automatically progress to the next lesson once completed. When sharing a subscription (like my family does), just keep track of which lesson each child has completed so they can track their progress and know where they left off. Happy language learning!

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