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

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Why didn't I try Rosetta Stone before? That's what I've been asking myself ever since I finally took this renowned language learning system for a spin. I used Rosetta Stone to brush up on my French skills before a recent trip to France, and now I'm following Rosetta Stone Spanish to prepare for my family's upcoming monthlong Mexico stay this summer. I wish I'd started using Rosetta Stone earlier. Just think about all of the cool languages I could speak by now if I hadn't put off learning with Rosetta Stone! And it's not just me who's using the online subscription to learn, either. My kids and husband are getting in on the lessons with great success, too. Are you considering buying Rosetta Stone to learn a new language with your kids? Here's what you need to know!

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

Language Options

Rosetta Stone comes in 28 languages. Plus, learners can choose from different versions of English (British or American), Spanish (Latin America or Spain). The most popular options are Spanish, French, Italian, German and English, but you can choose something more exotic like Irish, Swedish or even Latin.

Rosetta Stone language options

Rosetta Stone language options (Screenshot from RosettaStone.com)

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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 am 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 get your language learning on!

Rosetta Stone French Pricing as of April 2018

Rosetta Stone Pricing as of April 2018 (Screenshot of RosettaStone.com)

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-month, 6-month, 12-month, and the best deal, a 24-month subscription. Lucky for you, there is Spring Sale going on right now. Spend less than $8 per month for a 24-month subscription to Rosetta Stone when you sign up through April 16, 2018!

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. That's what I did to prepare for our France trip. 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)

It's Immersive

Rosetta Stone uses immersive learning to teach languages. That means, you'll hear no English at all while attempting to learn Spanish or Mandarin or whichever language you choose. Through a series of photos, spoken words, and written words students intuitively learn a new language. 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 word 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 that 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 my recent trip to France with my two kids, I figured I should brush up on my French skills. I lived in France for a year during college and I was a French major. But college was (ahem!) years ago and I don't ever get to use this skill in my everyday life.

Since I (supposedly) 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 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, I know they would have felt more comfortable saying a few words to people we met during our journey like kids on the playground in Montmartre, restaurant servers, cab drivers, and shop keepers. I could barely get them to utter, “Bon jour!”

Rosetta Stone helped me feel more confident speaking French in my former college town of Montpellier

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

My Experience with Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America)

My family wants to move to Mexico. Unfortunately, my husband's job won't let us live that dream…yet. For now, we're thrilled to be headed to San Miguel de Allende for a whole month this summer. There's just one problem. We don't speak Spanish. Rosetta Stone to the rescue!

All members of my family have been using Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) to improve our language skills. We're all making 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 13-year-old daughter started taking Spanish in middle school this semester, 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 in the video below.)

Even my 10-year-old has had success “playing” Rosetta Stone Spanish. It took him a little while to understand how to answer the questions, but he eventually caught on (with 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.

Just as my Rosetta Stone French sessions improved my abilities and confidence before our vacation in France, I know Rosetta Stone Spanish will do the same for our whole family before we fly to Mexico this summer.

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone will help my kids during our return visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone will help my kids during our return visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Rosetta Stone for Kids

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 my kids did just fine with the “grown-up” Rosetta Stone version. If your kids can read, type and play video games, I'd say they can learn with a standard Rosetta Stone subscription.

Start Learning a New 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. Take advantage and purchase your Rosetta Stone Homeschool subscription today. Not ready to take the plunge yet? Sign up for a free 3-Day trial with Rosetta Stone. You can even try a Free Demo. Now you have no more excuses!

Which language would you like to learn with Rosetta Stone? Do you have any questions or feedback about Rosetta Stone that you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received a free subscription to Rosetta Stone Spanish for purposes of this story and paid for a subscription to Rosetta Stone French with my own money. I will receive monetary compensation from Rosetta Stone related to this story. All opinions are my own, as always. I promise I will never recommend a product that I don't actually like. Travel Mamas will receive a small commission on any purchases made through links and ads on this page, at no added charge to consumers. Your clicks and purchases help to keep TravelMamas.com a free resource for readers like you.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

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. 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. brianne says:

    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. 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?! 😉

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