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Old 03-19-2015, 12:12 PM   #41
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Not worth it IMHO. I have Rosetta Stone available for free at work.
If you have an internet connection, Duolingo is better (and free
Me and my 8 year old are learning Spanish, my 10 y.o. is learning Dutch.
https://www.duolingo.com/

We're duolingoing too at our house. The 9 year old is at level 4 Spanish now (and has built-in conversation partners at school and among fluent friends).

So far I'm at 4 to 6 in German, French and Spanish although I dropped the practice for a few months (now back on a 15 day streak).
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:14 PM   #42
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I haven't read through the whole string, so forgive me if this was mentioned in 2009.

Last weekend I was poking around the website of our county library and saw a service called Mango. It runs on an app on my iPhone or iPad, and is an "audio" language class. It's free- I just needed to log in with my library card. I'm trying the Mexican Spanish class; I went through one chapter on my commute home today. (At least when I'm alone in the car I'm not embarrassed by how bad my accent is when I say buenas tardes)

It's definitely worth looking into the availability of Mango through your favorite library. The price is perfect!
Our library offers "Transparent Language Online" for free and it looks really good though I haven't used it extensively. They have a lot more languages than duolingo. With so many free options, it's hard to pay hundreds for the premium options.
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Not worth it IMHO. I have Rosetta Stone available for free at work.
I also had Rosetta Stone available for free back when I was working and based on my experience I wasn't impressed. I tried their Thai language course and found that when it advanced to speaking sentences it was very easy to interpret the pictures presented in different ways. It got very frustrating at times not really knowing for sure what they were trying to say and there is no option to see a translation. It was many years ago though and hopefully they have made some improvements and maybe some languages are better done than others.
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I'm going to try Duolingo to start as well for Spanish. It would be useful to pick up some spanish here I think. If it is going well I might try to brush up on my french as well...I was functionally fluent in grade 11 but I only remember how to count to 10 and all the good Quebecois cursing that my friends in Quebec taught me . I still use those extensively when using english swear words would be not appropriate
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