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Hello everyone,

I wanted to know if anyone else has used Rosetta stone to learn farsi and if so, what was your experience of it? Would you recommend this method of language learning, or should I take private lessons with a tutor?  I've wanted to learn farsi for ages, so I'm going to take the plunge, wish me luck guys!

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I'm also in the process, I liked Rosetta stone for Arabic, didn't tried it for Farsi.

I'm personally more motivated with a tutor because I'm not too disciplined with self-learning, I learnt Arabic the most when I had actual classes with a teacher, I'd learn at a very fast pace, then when I wasn't able to attend anymore and I tried to maintain it with self-learning tools but I just haven't progressed, so for Farsi I chose to have a tutor. 


It's really up to how you learn, Rosetta stone is good, I think.  It's a matter of putting time, effort and be self-motivated. 

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I remember years ago, people used to criticize Rosetta Stone for using stock images of Americans, no matter what the language you were learning.  Have they changed it to make them more culturally relevant?


And for Farsi, you wonder what "culturally relevant" photos they would use.  I know, only stupid people like me think about this. 

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Rosetta Stone sucks.


Let me explain my experience with it and why it sucks.




Four years ago, a younger, less fat baradar jackson purchased some "official" Rosetta Stone innovative language-learning software from Iran, for three thousand tomans (which at the time was equal to around 3 US dollars). My official Rosetta Stone had every language. I was interested mostly in Arabic and Russian at the time. So I try the Russian one. I do the first lesson, and I think "this is OK... I feel like I am waisting too much time learning a few meaningless phrases but I guess it's fine." And then the next lesson comes and everything goes to hell.


The problem is the philosophy they use, which they market as some kind of new agey miracle technique. They do not use your native language, at all. They try to teach you only through the target language. Which is really stupid.


This idea is not new, by the way. This notion of teaching language only through communicating in said language, was proposed by some kind of new agey hippy educators like 100 years ago. But it has some fatal flaws; for one, people don't actually learn jack!!! They can learn a few phrases but not much else; and they certainly can not learn to the point of reading and writing. Frankly, I think you could learn those phrases quicker if you just opened a language textbook.


Rosetta Stone = 100 percent marketing, 0 percent substance


It is trash. If you want to try it out, I suggest downloading an "official" version rather than paying 10 thousand dollars or whatever is the ridiculous price they have put on it.


But basically it's like a worse version of what livemocha was before they ruined livemocha. Livemocha was like rosetta stone, but with words and pictures both instead of just pictures... also it was available for free on the internets. In other words, it was much better. So naturally, rosetta stone bought it and turned it into something useless and terrible.




Learning language is hard. Rosetta Stone had an ingenuous marketing plan of saying its easy because of their new agey hippy techniques. But in reality, it sucks lemons.

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