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post #1 of 26
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Lance and I decided that since Sierra loves Dora the Explorer and seems to be picking up the few spanish words they use fairly well that we'd buy a program to learn Spanish. So I bought the Rosetta Stone program. It's expensive but looks like it'll teach her basic Spanish. Plus there are different levels I can buy once she's learned this level. Has anyone used this program? Lance and Sierra are in the other room "playing" right now. Were trying to keep it fun for her.
post #2 of 26
I've never used it. But TRP worked really well when i was learning Spanish. It incorporates movements and sign language with the words/phrases so that if you are a visual/kinestetic learner you can learn easier (works great with kids). The movements and sign language help you remember the words and learn quicker
post #3 of 26
never used it. but i do speak spanish took it in school forever. Good luck
post #4 of 26
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never used it. but i do speak spanish took it in school forever. Good luck
lol. For some reason your "Good luck" makes me paranoid.

After a few days of using the program I can see that it can do the job if we stick to it. Me and Lance are learning it with Sierra. Were trying to keep it as much of a game as possible.

So far I haven't gotten 100% on the first lession though.
post #5 of 26
oooooooo.........they have started advertising that on UK TV and I was wondering about its effectiveness. They are offering a demo disc, which I keep thinking I might send for, but you know how these things are, once they get your name and address............

I think these things are like anything else, if you are motivated to do it, then you will do it.

Have fun and keep with it
post #6 of 26
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lol. For some reason your "Good luck" makes me paranoid.

After a few days of using the program I can see that it can do the job if we stick to it. Me and Lance are learning it with Sierra. Were trying to keep it as much of a game as possible.

So far I haven't gotten 100% on the first lession though.
aww no no i meant it nicely! And i hope she sticks with it. Spanish can be a window to other languages too!
post #7 of 26
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oooooooo.........they have started advertising that on UK TV and I was wondering about its effectiveness. They are offering a demo disc, which I keep thinking I might send for, but you know how these things are, once they get your name and address............

I think these things are like anything else, if you are motivated to do it, then you will do it.

Have fun and keep with it
The program has some very basic ways to learn. Such as showing you pictures and then they show and say the word. Then it switches to another screen where you see the same pictures. They say the word and you pick out of 4 choices which one is right.

Then another section they say the word and you speak the word into a microphone. It shows lines of the comp saynig the word and you to see how close you are.

I'd say this program is worth the money. And here they have a payment plan. Im paying $30 a month for the first level.

Oh and it has other methods such as writing it and such.. I just haven't gotten to that part yet!
post #8 of 26
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aww no no i meant it nicely! And i hope she sticks with it. Spanish can be a window to other languages too!
lol. I know. We figured since she's 5 yrs old that now is the time for her to be learning some. Then it shouldn't be so hard in high school.


I took French in high school. It was just too hard so I dropped it come sophomore year.
post #9 of 26
I speek some french, Galic and some Inuit I am planing on working on my French some more because Canada is a Bilingual Country and where I live you have to be fluent to get a job I need to improve my french in order to look for a new job. I have heard rosetta stone is a good program let us know if you like it.
post #10 of 26
Good for you! I guess puurrhaps I'm the only Latina here so yes, I do speak spanish! However, growing up in South Texas, I speak more of what we refer to as Tex-Mex...or Span-glish at times! I'm sure the spanish you will be learning with this program will be the 'proper' language...foreign puurrhaps to maybe even myself! ...but maybe in the future we can have some great conversations with what you've learned! But please...don't ask me about spanish grammar and such...I grew up speaking it...not studying it! I think its wonderful that you are taking this great opportunity not only for your child but for yourselves as well! I took a couple of french classes back in high school...uh, several decades ago...so I do remember phrases but not nearly enough to hold a conversation.

Good luck with it!
Hilda >^..^<
post #11 of 26
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Thank you Hilda. This says Latin America so I guess it may be what is spoken in Texas?

I was trying to put sentences together earlier with it.. boy was that a bit hard..lol. I could put together like "the dog". I guess Una and Un mean the?

The only thing I do not like so far (and it might do it if I played with the settings) is that it shows the picture, and I know the word for the object but then their throwing little words in there like "the, and, is".. and I get confused with them. If they would write it in english I could translate that word better.
post #12 of 26
One thing that you have to remember is (and I think it'll be very helpful to ya) is that while 'the dog' in english could be either a male or female dog...en espanol, it is spoken with the sexes...that sounds confusing and I'm not sure how to explain it...best to put up an example:

la perra....the female dog

el perro...the male dog


La...is used when speaking of a female

El...is used when speaking of a male

The word you were using ''un'' or ''una'' also can mean 'the' or 'one'...


Una perra....a/one female dog

Una perra...a/one male dog


Kinda complicated but once you get the idea I think you'll be fine. Sure wish I was a better teacher at this...I'd love to help without confusing you. I'm sure the program you're using is wonderful and I hope you keep it up! Don't become discouraged...I think its great that you'll be learning this with your child so that you can advance at their speed...hopefully that'll make it easier for you. I think kids can pick up this sorta thing easier than adults because we try to 'figure' things out and say stuff like 'that doesn't make sense to me'...to a child, it doesn't have to make sense, they don't have a preconceived notion about how things should be or how they should work...they just learn what they're told to. Maybe if you can bring yourself down to your child's level of learning it will make it easier for you.

Good luck...buena suerte!

Hilda >^..^<
post #13 of 26
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Thanks. Yes I've already noticed the spelling shows gender. I think with all 3 of us working together we can help each other so if one person isn't getting the idea another can help.

Oh and what does buena suerte mean? Sorry haven't gotten that far..lol
post #14 of 26
Never heard of that program. I'm bilingual, but it's French and English - not spanish.
post #15 of 26
I'm bilingual-ish in Spanish and English. Latin American Spanish is generally the term used to distinguish Castillian (Spain) Spanish from the other types of Spanish, in every way I've ever heard it used.

I've heard good things about Rosetta Stone, although I am not that kind of learner (I do well in the academic-type classroom setting, which is not what it's meant to be).

Don't be suprised when your daughter suddenly is bilingual and you can't understand her half the time when she speaks Spanish... she's a perfect age to learn it fast, fluently, and very very easily. Sadly, about the time we hit puberty it quits being easy.

(Buena Suerte is good luck)
post #16 of 26
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I'm bilingual-ish in Spanish and English. Latin American Spanish is generally the term used to distinguish Castillian (Spain) Spanish from the other types of Spanish, in every way I've ever heard it used.

I've heard good things about Rosetta Stone, although I am not that kind of learner (I do well in the academic-type classroom setting, which is not what it's meant to be).

Don't be suprised when your daughter suddenly is bilingual and you can't understand her half the time when she speaks Spanish... she's a perfect age to learn it fast, fluently, and very very easily. Sadly, about the time we hit puberty it quits being easy.

(Buena Suerte is good luck)
Thank you. I think I'm gonna need it.
post #17 of 26
Spanish is something I'd like to get back to learning. I'm only to speak a tiny bit.
post #18 of 26
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Spanish is something I'd like to get back to learning. I'm only to speak a tiny bit.

They have a payment plan. It's $30 a month for the first lesson.
post #19 of 26
You know I've always wanted to start a thread somewhere for practicing Spanish but I don't know where would be appropriate. Paws and Reflect maybe? Anyway, would you be interested in that? The point would be for learners to practice... and of course our native speakers. You know, talk about the weather and such.
post #20 of 26
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You know I've always wanted to start a thread somewhere for practicing Spanish but I don't know where would be appropriate. Paws and Reflect maybe? Anyway, would you be interested in that? The point would be for learners to practice... and of course our native speakers. You know, talk about the weather and such.
Certainly would be interested. Though I might sit back and watch for a few. Till I can at least learn more words.. like weather...
post #21 of 26
I'd be interested.
post #22 of 26
I think it's awesome you are doing this with your daughter. I've never wanted to learn Spanish (something about having a culturally very different step-family kinda turned me off to it!) but man o man is the food gooood! I always wanted to learn Italian, but I would think Spanish is probably the best second language to start a child with here in America. I did have a friend teach me one to say 'What are you looking at stupid?' in Spanish. I was in Walmart on my cell with her and being admired not too dicretely by some migrant workers...
post #23 of 26
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I did have a friend teach me one to say 'What are you looking at stupid?' in Spanish. I was in Walmart on my cell with her and being admired not too dicretely by some migrant workers...
LOL! May I ask what she told you to say to them?

(I can't wait to hear this!)

The spanish-english thread sounds like a good idea and I'll be happy to join if anyone wants to get started...whether here or in Paws & Reflect. However...tomorrow being Tuesday I won't be online much since my hubby works from home every Tuesday so he's online from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.-ish. Other than that, I'd love to join in the rest of the week. We could talk about ''el clima'' (the weather) o las noticias (or the news) o nuestros gatos y gatas! (or our cats!)

Buenas noches amigos y amigas (good night friends!)

Hilda >^..^<
post #24 of 26
i had it for chinese(mandrin) i think it helped.
but i still cant speak it i can hear the tones, but i cant say them.
so i understand more then i can speak.
get me past hello, and i would like the chicken, or where the bathroom, and i have no idea what i am saying(must have been why they kept laughing at me)
cant tell you how mad at times it made me, i finally gave up trying to learn chinese.
post #25 of 26
Ohh, I'm so excited! I can't wait until we start this! Someone make sure to post the new link here, please, otherwise I'm likely to miss it and you'll all be practicing Spanish without me.

BTW, in Spanish (if I'm not mistaken), hello: Hola (casual), Buenas Dias (Good day, more formal); I'd like the chicken: Quiero el pollo, por favor (I'd like the chilcken, please); Where is the bathroom? (Donde es el bano?)

And I think my favorite word in Spanish is "izquierda" or "left" as in the direction. Don't know why, just think it sounds cool.... :whistles:

And, um, don't mind my spelling..
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