Originally Posted by vinea
Thanks. My wife'll kill me for buying what is essentially a $300 DVD but I guess a course at the community college is about the same or more.
I've always wanted to learn Japanese or Chinese and Spanish. English, Spanish and some Asian language I figure would cover travel most of the world I would visit.
Probably Chinese since there are more native speakers...Vinea
1. If I were you, I'd try to get her to make the decision. Let her talk you into it. I used to use that method on my wife. Maybe that's why we're divorced now.
2. I 'd send you a disk to try it before you buy it, but unfortunately, to use the program, it has to be on the computer and you have to plug the disk in each time you use it. The program would be useless without the disk.
3. Yes, it is expensive, but if you're serious
, it's worth it. Better than a college course. You use it when you want to and as much time as you want to spend. You can use it over and over again without having to pay more college fees. It's almost like having your own tutor.
That being said, I'm uncomfortable with your relying on me as an "expert". Different people work at different rates. What was difficult for me could be easier or harder for you. What I can tell you is that I've tried records and other software to learn a language. They were frustrating and I got nothing out of them. I tried books and a Publc Broadcasting TV channel program to learn Spanish. I was unsuccessful (an understatement). High School and College classes didn't make more than a dent. Only Rosetta Stone made a difference.
After reading the above testimonial, I think I'd make a good salesman for Rosetta Stone.
I was touted onto RS by my daughter and her boyfriend who go to Europe every other summer.
4. One problem you may encounter is that if you don't have someone to talk to, you'll lose a lot of what you've learned. Use it or lose it. American GI's who stayed in Europe after WWII and married there, in some cases forgot English.
Lastly, don't bother learning Chinese. I read that there are more people in China learning English than the total number of people in the US.
I spent a year and a half in the far East and learned conversational Japanese. That's not a biggie. Japanese is easy to learn to speak (but of course, not to read or write). There are no plurals in Japanese. 1 dog or 10 dog. One verb tense - present tense. To make it past tense, you add the syllable 'ta' to the verb. Sentence structure is like European languages - subject, object, predicate.
To ask a question, you make a statement and add a verbal question mark at the end - ka. Or add a syllable - ne - meaning isn't that so. Japanese use a lot of those short syllables to mean differences. For example, if I wanted to say, "You and I are good friends, aren't we? I would say, "Anata [you] wa [meaning your the important one in my sentence] to [and] watashi [I/me] ii [good] tomodachi [friend(s)] desu [are/is], ne[aren't we]. Anata wa to watashi ii tomodachi desu, ne. Past tense of desu [the verb, to be] is desuta adding that lst syllable ta.
Of course, I'm talking about conversational Japanese. Formal, business, technical are something different.
The problem is that Japanese words are not familiar as French or Spanish even though you may not know what they mean. Japanese women speak a soft, rhythmic Japanese. Men bark their Japanese.
Pick your language carefully or you'll end up paying another $300 for one.
Sorry to be so windy, good luck.