Giveaway: Foreign Language Program from Rosetta Stone

This giveaway has ended. The winner will be announced on the weekend!

Welcome to Back to School Week here at Simple Homeschool! This week I’ll bring you reviews and awesome chances to win–perfect for back to school planning time.

Today I’m giving away a foreign language program from Rosetta Stone.

Rosetta Stone is widely known and recognized as one of the most effective language programs out there, so I was excited to try it for myself. They sent me Italian Level 1, which I chose because my husband and I are planning to go to Italy next year for our 14th anniversary.

Rosetta Stone call their approach to language learning Dynamic Immersion. This means they recreate the method used when learning our native language to help learn a new one.

Using sights and sounds presented on the screen the learner naturally–without translation–begins to pick up words, phrases, and sentences. From the very first lesson the student begins to build a foundation, guided by the pictures, written words, and language pronounced by a native speaker. The program allows you to proceed at your own pace, repeating sections as many times as necessary.

My Italian Level 1 arrived with a headset and microphone, which plug in to complete the speaking/pronunciation side of the course. (One tip: When being prompted to repeat a phrase, I found it worked better if I allowed a short pause after the beep before answering.) The program distinguishes between adult voices and those of children for greater accuracy.

You can set up multiple students to use the same language level; it will track each student’s progress individually. The homeschool dashboard allows you to see clearly what each person has completed and what remains to be done. It also tracks grades and percentages–making it quite simple for a homeschooling parent to use.

I also found Rosetta Stone’s customer service to be exceptional. Just a couple of weeks after receiving my program, the following email appeared in my inbox:

Sarah also called me to see if there was anything I needed, providing the type of support that would be especially valuable to a homeschooling parent using the program with multiple students. Rosetta Stone makes a point to stay on the cutting edge of technology. This year the company released an app that allows you to sync your coursework on your iPad.

Rosetta Stone makes learning a new language more natural (and really, more fun!) than any other language program I’ve seen before. I have been sincerely impressed with my experience and look forward to continuing my language study and introducing it to my children as well.

One Simple Homeschool reader will receive a foreign language program from Rosetta Stone, in the language of your choice!

How to Win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: Rosetta Stone offers over 25 different languages–which one would you or your children choose to study? (If you are reading this in an email, you must click over to enter your comment!)

2. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, including @rosettastone, @simpleschool and the URL for this post. Your tweet could be something like:

I’m entering to win a foreign language program from @rosettastone & @simpleschool –

Then — this is importantyou need to come back and leave an additional comment here, telling me you tweeted. It won’t count otherwise.

This giveaway has ended. The winner will be announced on the weekend!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Awesome give-away!! I think I would choose French.

  2. Christine says:

    I think I would like to learn Italian with my children.

  3. Christine says:
  4. Wonderful giveaway!! My daughter wants to learn Spanish, so I guess we’ll go with that.

  5. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  6. Hebrew and Russian. :)

  7. Very cool giveaway! We would choose spanish.

  8. I’ve wanted to try this for a long time. If we won, we would choose Spanish. That is the native language of my children’s father, and one that I know, but never learned well enough to feel confident speaking regularly. Thanks so much!

  9. My oldest would choose French, my youngest seems to be taking up an interest in Chinese so I would choose that for her.
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  10. We would like to try the Spanish! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Tweeted about the giveaway –!/innachika

  12. Christina says:

    We’d love to learn Norwegian. Someday we’d like to visit Norway to learn about our ancestors from there

  13. Spanish! Latin American version, I think! I’m in Arizona, and my 5 year old has heard tons of Spanish and sees all the words around town on signs that he cannot read because he’s only learning English right now. He has expressed great interest in wanting to speak with our Spanish speaking neighbors–literally, our neighbors primarily speak Spanish. What a wonderful addition this would be to our schooling. Thanks!

  14. Meranda H says:

    I would probably choose spanish

  15. I tweeted about it (@nolamom76)
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  16. Fun give away! We would choose French!

  17. I’ve heard so many great things about Rosetta Stone! I would choose Spanish for my kids.

  18. We’d choose Portuguese for sure!

  19. My husband and I want to learn Spanish with out 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter this year!!!

  20. Meranda H says:

    I tweeted!

  21. I would love to learn French with Rosetta Stone. I’ve been thinking about bringing up my little girl with her learning french, since we’re from Louisiana.

  22. Spanish.
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  23. We would definitely choose Spanish – Latin America. We live in Arizona and my husband’s entire family is fluent, so it’s a no-brainer. Hope we win!!

  24. I just tweeted about the contest! Twitter name: GoMunster
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  25. Sara Castonguay says:

    This would be the perfect tool to teach my daughter my mother tongue, French. It would also help me to brush up on it since I am losing a lot by not speaking it often. I’ve been struggling to teach her both, and this is a wonderful product.

  26. Sara Castonguay says:

    I tweeted @gendragonfly

  27. I would choose Spanish.

  28. I’ve been looking at Rosetta Stone for a long time but have yet to take the plunge. We’d love to try Mandarin Chinese. My eldest son was born in Beijing and keeps asking us how to say things in Chinese – all he can do right now is count to 10. My Chinese is rusty so I’d love to do it with him and brush up then one day take a trip back there!

  29. I would choose German. My son is friends with two immigrants from Germany and is really wanting to be able to communicate with them in German.

  30. We are trying to learn Spanish, and could really use a program like this.
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  31. tweeted from @karabu74
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  32. I would choose Italian. My husband speaks it fluently, so I would love for my children and I to learn it as well.

  33. I tweeted! @erinhudd84

  34. Oh that is SOO hard! I would love to learn (and someday teach my wee ones) Dutch, Latin, and French!!

    Hmm.. Latin would be most beneficial, but who wants to be fluent in a “dead” language?! I am going to have to go with French. :-) Thanks for the chance (oh and you should totally do it where you can get a 2nd entry by posting on FB or Google+).

  35. I’ve heard great things about Rosetta Stone and would love to try their Spanish program. Thanks!

  36. I’d choose German because we are moving there in November!

  37. I would love to win this for myself and my kids. We homeschool and have already learned spanish and latin, but have never been able to afford Rosetta stone. We would have a hard time deciding which to pick, but probably Chinese or Japanese.

  38. I tweeted about the contest

  39. I would choose either Mandarin or Irish!

  40. Wow! What a great giveaway! We would definitely choose Mandarin Chinese! That was the ONE thing I liked about the traditional school the kids were in before I chose to homeschool and the ONE thing I feel I can’t teach them. I took 10 years of French -whomp whommmp.

  41. My 3-year old son is brilliant – seriously! He’s known the alphabet for a year and spells quite complex words already. I have been teaching him beginner’s Spanish for about a month now and he counts the steps from his bedroom to the first floor en Espanol already! As I plan on continuing homeschooling both him and his younger sister, Rosetta Stone Spanish would be beneficial in providing a prime bilingual environment for them in the future!
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  42. I am pretty sure we would choose to study Spanish.
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  43. And I just tweeted! Thanks Jamie for this opportunity!
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  44. Tweeted about the giveaway!
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  45. We would choose Spanish! :)

  46. I really want my kiddos to learn Greek and Hebrew . . . but I need to be more practical. So if we were to win this . . . which i soooooooooooooooo hope we do, I would choose Spanish. Thanks!
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  47. I’d have to choose between Greek, Hebrew, or Spanish….
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  48. Christina S. says:

    I’ve been eyeing the Spanish program and considering ordering it for this school year. What a blessing this would be to my family! Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. I tweeted about this giveaway!
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  50. My husband is fluent in Spanish, and I would love for my children and I to be also!