Learning a new language is so fun and easy, your whole family can enjoy the experience!
Game-like natural method lets you set the pace, and makes you want to keep going...
Of all the foreign language programs we've tried — and we've tried a lot of them — Rosetta Stone is the only one that has motivated our kids to keep studying the language on their own. Why? Because it's fun! And not just fun — it's almost addicting.
But beyond the program's amazing motivational powers, what has me hooked is the "dynamic immersion" approach. We learn our first language by immersion. As children we see how language relates objects and make the connection.
This is very different from translation work. When I took Spanish in high school, I found myself translating from Spanish to English and then coming up with the answer. But Rosetta Stone skips the translation step by helping you associate new words with ideas and things rather than English words. I know that's a little vague, so why don't you try the Rosetta Stone online demo now. In under two minutes you'll have a new appreciation for the immersion method of learning!
Dynamic Immersion: Red Ball
Each program is roughly equivalent to one year of high school foreign language study or one semester of college study.
When should your children start learning a foreign language?
Because foreign language is often presented only as an elective at the high school level, many people assume that young children are not ready to learn a foreign language.
But that assumption is simply not true. Young children learn new languages far faster and easier than the majority of adolescents and adults do.
At Sonlight, we strongly recommend that students learn a foreign language beginning by sixth grade at the latest, and preferably sooner than that.
Many colleges have a foreign language admissions requirement: prospective students must have successfully completed at least two years' foreign language study at the high school level.
Even if you have no interest in college-level education or see no direct and practical application for language study, the truth is, learning a foreign language is good intellectual exercise. You will certainly walk away from a study of foreign language knowing English better than you did before!
All of these factors together lead us to do what educators down through the centuries have done: strongly recommend that students learn a foreign language beginning by sixth grade, at least.