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

  2. Oh, I would love to win this so, so much!

  3. I really want my kids to learn Latin American Spanish before we take them to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip!

  4. michelle bowling says:

    I would choose Spanish

  5. My children and I have been looking at several language programs and Rosetta Stone is the one my son chose to use. He would like to study French because of his French heritage. I will be posting on Facebook as I don’t have a Twitter account. I hope I am still eligible. Thanks for the offer of this giveaway!

  6. I really like the look of this program. I would have a tough time deciding between French and Spanish!

  7. I would love this for our homeschool program. :)
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    I Facebooked about the giveaway-does Facebook count too?

  9. Melissa R says:

    Wonderful giveaway!
    We have been so curious about Rosetta Stone.
    My 8 year old homeschooler is unsure which language he’d want to learn. We keep switching between Spanish and Japanese.

  10. LivingSimplyToday says:

    Wow! Learning French would be great! I’d love to go on European trip someday and visiting France would be on the list!

  11. LivingSimplyToday says:

    I tweeted! LvingSmplyToday .

  12. Oh, I’d love to win a Spanish version!!! Thanks for then chance!

  13. We would choose french. My daughter already insists my husband translate things to French.

  14. Tamara Gray says:

    I would love to win the spanish version!

  15. Tamara Gray says:

    I tweeted!

  16. My daughter wants to learn German. I think she would be better off to learn Spanish or Chinese.

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  17. I would love to have this for our homeschool!
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  18. Jennifer C. says:

    spanish, spanish all the way. My daughter goes around “babbling” in what she calls Spanish! I know she’d love to learn. We love to read the spanish stories in her High Five (Highlights) magazine!

  19. Rachael Jennings says:

    My daughter would love to learn Greek. (Our Family heritage)

  20. Nicole B. says:

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

  21. Stephanie says:

    Just tweeted!

  22. Nicole B. says:

    I would love to get the Korean program. It has been a struggle to find good materials for my daughters!

  23. Stephanie says:


  24. I would choose Spanish (Latin America). Thanks!
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  25. I tweeted!!!

  26. I think we would start with Spanish since I took 4 yrs and my parents winter in Texas! I would love to win this for the kids!
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  27. Shelley R. says:

    Even though our kids are younger, we already have the Chinese Mandarin set from Rosetta Stone and it’s so much fun! If, by chance we were able to learn a third language it would be Spanish (Latin America) to equip our family with some of the major languages in our world. So that would be the set we choose this time around!

  28. I would love a chance to win. I am not sure which one to pick. It would be either Spanish, Italian, Polish or Chinese Mandarin. Some follow our heritage which would be great while others we have friends who speak the language which would provide great practice! I guess probably Chinese Mandarin is what I would like to win!

  29. I’d choose either French or Spanish to improve my language skills, so I can teach my young children a foreign language from the start!

  30. Catharine says:

    Thanks for the link. I hadn’t heard of Rosetta Stone but we are just preparing for a 6 month trip (still one year away) so I would choose Latin American spanish.

  31. I would choose Spanish. My husband and I were just talking last night about giving Rosetta Stone a try.
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  32. This is great! I’ve been thinking about learning Spanish lately as there is such an increase in population and I would love to teach it to my kids!

  33. chinese

  34. Aimeemomof2 says:

    Spanish, and I have heard so many great things about Rosetta Stone!

  35. Either Spanish or Japanese.

  36. Living in SW Florida our family would love to learn Spanish. It would be very helpful with the large Spanish population here.
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  37. I tweeted (rsislandcrafts)
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  38. I have the Latin American Spanish for all of us, but my high school age son wants to learn Japanese. I would love to be able to hook him up this year!

  39. ooh! would love love for my kids to learn spanish with rosetta!!

  40. I tweeted this too!
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  41. My son really wants to learn Spanish! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I’d love to learn Spanish (Latin America) and speak it our children as they grow. We have so many migrant workers in our area who haven’t yet learned English and there is such a need for willing translators.
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  43. Have been wanting to get Rosetta Stone for my kids (ages 11 and 9), but struggling with cost. We’d love to get the Spanish (Latin America). Was glad to see you posted that it works for multiple kids, I thought I’d have to get 2!

  44. Any of: German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian. I’m probably most likely to actually use Spanish, Italian or Chinese, though.

  45. Our family would LOVE to win this! We’d pick either Latin (to stick with the classical model), or Spanish, or Mandarin. Is it terrible that I haven’t decided yet?

    the Hubbles

  46. logsplitter says:

    My 3 children can’t agree, so I will make the executive decision and choose….French!

  47. Kristen Seguin says:

    I would love to win French!!!!

  48. Kristen Seguin says:

    I tweeted!!

  49. Heather Wallis says:

    I would love to win the Mandarin Chinese. My daughter is from China and we have been on a mission trip to China and plan to go on more in the future! This would be a huge help in our travels!