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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 think we’ll end up trying to learn multiple languages but Spanish seems like a good first second language. Very practical, I think.
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  2. Our family has been wanting to learn German. My husband’s family has German roots and we would love to revive some of that in our little home.

  3. sara walker says:

    We would take spanish for sure. My husband speaks it and the kids love it when he does.

  4. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    I’d choose Greek.

  5. Knocked Up and Nursing says:
  6. I would most definatly want to choose French 1. I want so badly to use this curriculum for my two children in my homeschool. There is just no way I could afford such a luxury. :)

  7. I would choose Spanish; I already know some but we all need to know more. I think it will open up more possibilities for my kids and help me as a nurse. I am already learning Korean ; >. I already tweeted this also! (My twitter is!/jwhit72) Thanks! Jeannine

  8. Amanda Coers says:

    We’re planning to use Rosetta Stone to study Latin this year.

  9. I tweeted about this giveaway my user name is IzzyB

  10. I would get the Japanese — one of my students who is homeschooled would like to learn it, and I would give it to her!

  11. i think it would be extremely fun to learn Irish, BUT to be a bit more practical..we’d probably pick Spanish. It’s a great 2nd language to learn and the kids would LOVE IT!

  12. Tweeted about the give away. Our family would be interested in either the Latin or German. Would be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling.

  13. We would love to learn French or Thai if we won.

  14. I tweeted about the contest. My username is shantz1.

  15. Wow! What a great, great giveaway! We would have to choose between Italian and Chinese because those are the two languages in which our child is interested & admittedly, we are too!! So diverse, eh? I love it that Rosetta Stone offers so very many options. We’ve been wanting to try this program, but the cost has been the hold up on diving right in – it would be great to try it first! :-) Since we have to pick one, I think we’ll go with Italian first. Best wishes everyone!!!

  16. Spanish! Sounds great!!

  17. We would definitely do Hebrew first. Though Spanish and Chinese would come in close second and third. Isn’t it amazing how many people write that they have two or more languages they would like to learn!

  18. I’d pick Spanish. I’m going to be helping at a free clinic where a lot of patients speak it, and it would be so helpful if I could speak it better myself! Also, I’d have my kids use it in our homeschool.

  19. Amanda Howell says:

    I’d LOVE to win this!!!!!!! I’ve got a long list of languages I want to learn…everything from Latin to Farsi.

  20. We would love to do the Latin!

  21. Definitely Spanish! One of my children always needs extra help and I couldn’t help otherwise. :)
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  22. Just tweeted (as amyablemom). Thanks!
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  23. Lori Scherbel says:

    We would want to learn Spanish. DH knows spanish but is extremely rusty so the ability to hear a native speaker would be terrific!

  24. My family would love to learn Chinese because we are so fascinated with the culture!

  25. Lisa Lindsey says:

    We would love to try Spanish. I have heard such great things about this program!

  26. We would choose Spanish.

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  27. Tweeted @Missionalmama
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  28. We would definitely chose Spanish.
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  29. We would absolutely LOVE the Chinese course. We’re headed for China in a few months to adopt our little girl, and we’re trying to learn as much Chinese as we can. Thank you so much!

  30. I twittered about the giveaway. Username is cc_almon
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  31. I / my children would choose Tagalog, because it is part of their culture and I would like them to have that to hold on to.
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  32. Tweeted about my comment and entry into the contest.!/CantSeeMyToes/status/98425528037556224
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  33. Krissy Campbell says:

    We would love to add French to our curriculum. I speak Spanish and Portuguese, my husband speaks French. I would love our children to learn French so we could all do a mission together somewhere French speaking!!

  34. I would choose spanish.

  35. I tweeted it.
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  36. This is wonderful giveaway!

    I’m making plans to start Spanish lessons this year, so Rosetta Stone Spanish version would be perfect!

  37. Krissy Campbell says:

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  38. I tweeted! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. This is a hard one…we would love to learn several languages! We’d probably choose Hebrew though, as we’ve wanted to learn that for a while now.
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  40. Rebekah W. says:

    We are planning on studying Spanish, starting this year. I have a background in it and definently want my family to learn it as well. Rosetta Stone sounds perfect.

  41. I tweeted! Thanks!
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  42. kristen oconnor says:

    we would love to try Spanish, my son finds Spanish very exciting and we all want to plan a family trip to South America. Thank you!!

  43. Smoochagator says:

    I would probably choose Italian Level 1 also, because I love the Italian language, and I really hope to visit Italy someday. That’s where all the art lives, after all 😀

  44. It is hard to choose, but I think we would go with German!!! :)

  45. I would choose Spanish.
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  46. I tweeted about the giveaway!
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  47. I think Spanish is the most practical for my kids. That’s the language I hope to win!

  48. Our family would love to learn Spanish together! We’d like to adopt from a Spanish speaking country.

  49. I’d love to have Spanish for the kids!

  50. We homeschool and would love to get this! I think we would pick Latin! Thanks