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 about this contest, encouraging my followers to come here and say what they’d like to teach their offspring. (@amberdegrace)
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  2. Chinese Mandarin. China is an emerging superpower and I think it will be important for my kids to learn it.

  3. I would love for my kids to learn Spanish!

  4. We would probably choose Spanish, but with my child you never know. : ) That would be what I would choose…He might think totally out of the box and choose something I’d never expect! Thanks for this giveaway!
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  5. Wow! Such a great giveaway. I’d choose spanish for my crew, it would seem to be the most practical for our geographic location. Thanks for the opportunity!!
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  6. I would like for our family to learn Spanish!
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  7. Michelle R says:

    Son wants to learn Japanese! Exciting giveaway!!!

  8. french or mandarin

  9. I’d love to have the French one! All those years taking French in school and I still can’t carry a conversation in that language…
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  10. We’d love to learn Hebrew!
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  11. *tweeted!*
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  12. I tweeted it here:!/bobbeym/status/97891036763918337
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  13. We would love to win the Spanish one….we live in AZ and that would be used often in our everyday life. What a wonderful giveaway, thank you so much for hosting!
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  14. We would choose Spanish and need to get this soon for the coming school year anyways…wouldn’t it be great to win it instead!!!!! Thanks for the chance!


  15. I’d love to win this! I think we’d choose either German or Italian.
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  16. I’d pick Spanish just because its practical but you never know with mine, possibly Italian or Mandarin if recent conversations are any clue.
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  17. Carol Lyn Wauford says:

    I know it would be practical to say Spanish but I just said today who I thought the one Chinese immersion school in our town was interesting and I would love to learn Chinese, so I am going to say Chinese!

  18. I tweeted about your giveaway on twitter! @kateinbrighton –what a great giveaway right before school starts!
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  19. I would like to have my children (and myself) learn French.

  20. I tweeted about this post.

  21. I tweeted @Discovery4Life…!/Discovery4Life/status/97893640311017472
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  22. Kimberly says:

    I would love to win this!! My family would choose Spanish.

  23. Jennifer H. says:

    We would like to use Rosetta Stone for Spanish-Latin American Version.

  24. I tweeted…..
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  25. I would choose Rosetta Stone for Chinese. We are adopting a child from Taiwan and we would love to learn his language as he will be learning ours.
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  26. I tweeted about my entry as @mamacurls
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  27. We would choose Spanish, because it would be so useful!
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  28. I would choose Spanish for our family. Thanks!

  29. I would love to win this! We would pick Spanish, because it’s so prevalent in our culture here and because our church has a sister church in Mexico.

  30. Stacey E says:

    I would choose Italian. My DH lived in Italy for several years and picked up quite a bit and we would love to go back on vacation again. This would be great for our curriculum!

  31. Please enter me for this fantastic giveaway! If I chose a language for my children it would be the Spanish program. Thank you!

  32. Danni Mayah says:

    #1 French! so my children and I can communicate with our Quebecian French speaking relatives!
    #2 Latin- so they can learn any other romantic language they want!
    #3 Hebrew- so they can translate the Bible themselves and not be deceived by groups who say the Bible is translated wrong!
    #4 Greek- same as above!

  33. Jonathan says:

    My daughter would love to learn French.

  34. We’re California girls, so Spanish makes the most sense. But the dreamer in me would love to learn French or Italian.

  35. Jonathan says:

    I have also tweeted about the contest through @coombsj76, thanks.

  36. I would definitely choose the Spanish.

  37. Learning Spanish would help my kids enormously where we are, but I’ve lived in France and have a soft-spot for that sweet language. So…..French.

  38. My kids and I would love to study the Spanish program.

  39. I love your blogs, they are really interesting!

  40. Oh! And I tweeted about the giveaway as well. Maybe my husband will enter and win. Though then we’d have to debate about the language – he speaks Spanish. :)

  41. I would like for my children to learn Spanish. Sounds boring, but is very useful and functional, especially where we live. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  42. I just tweeted this: I’m entering to win a foreign language program from @rosettastone & @simpleschool – – I would love the Italian program, my son is really interested in learning it and I don’t even know one word :)

  43. French!

  44. I also just tweeted it! Thanks again. We want to learn Spanish. :)

  45. & tweeted @indefatigabl_ :-)
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  46. Sorry I forgot to mention, my tweet was @Joyfuljourneyco which is my homeschool coaching business’s twitter account

  47. Jennifer Ott says:

    We’d love to learn Mandarin!