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. Rachel Hyde says:

    We have been homeschooling for eight years, and have made informal forays into foreign language study but never had access to anything as comprehensive as Rosetta Stone. We would love to learn Spanish and be able to read Spanish literature!

  2. My fiance and I are planning a trip to Italy for our honeymoon, so Italian would definitely be my pick! This is a wonderful giveaway — thank you so much =)

  3. Lindsay Sledge says:

    I would love to learn Spanish as a whole family. I think it is a beautiful language, and as a Texan it would come in handy. 😉

  4. I would love for my children to learn Spanish.

  5. I tweeted about this this giveaway

  6. I’d love to brush up on my French or Spanish–my 2 homeschooled kids have shown interest in learning Spanish. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  7. Just booked a trip to France for next month and it’s been a looooong time since I’ve actually spoken French — so the French Rosetta Stone would get me back up to speed!

  8. I have been asking myself that very question! Thank you for the post. It is so hard to decide on curriculum when you have a high school student all of a sudden! I used to think deciding on curriculum was hard before. It was important but now it really counts. So far Rosetta stone looks like the only one I can really show accountability with. In addition, my younger girl has been asking to learn. This program looks like it can provide learning for the whole family. Maybe even I can go back and relearn the four years I took in high school. Thank you for the post.

  9. My family would love to win the French Rosetta Stone. My husband has always wanted to learn French, I studied it in school but am really rusty, and we want to introduce our kids to other languages early on. This would be great.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I’d definitely choose Spanish!

    Off to tweet…

  11. Great giveaway! I would choose Spanish – Latin America, or German! :)

  12. Bonjour Jamie,

    My family and I would study French. We fantasize about moving to the South of France, maybe Nice for a year abroad, but always stop short saying that we really aught to learn French first. Well, here goes nothing! A quick request to be entered into the draw :)

    Good luck with the Italian!

    Bonne journée,

  13. I’ve tweeted :)
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  14. What an awesome kids have chosen Italian as the language we will learn this year.

  15. Yay! I have been wanting to have a foreign language program for my daughter who will be starting 4th grade this fall. I would choose the Korean language because that is my daughters birth country! She was adopted at the age of 6 months and I would love for her to begin learning the Korean language! Pick me, pick me!!

  16. Brenna Quilter says:

    Chinese (Mandarin) would be our pick. We have family working in china so it would be fun to learn before we went to visit.

  17. We would love Spanish! My 8 year old wants to go to Mexico. What a sweet giveaway! Thank you!

  18. I would choose Spanish – for sure!

  19. Abbigale says:

    Oh wow! I have been thinking about purchasing one of these for the fam. We just can’t agree on one language yet… I say German my husband says Farsi. And maybe Spanish would be the most pratical, so many good choices!

  20. We just found out that our family is being transferred to Brazil, so learning Portuguese quickly is a must! Thanks!

  21. I think I would choose either Italian or French. Such a hard decision.

  22. My son has an infatuation with Germany! He is homeschooling for the first time this year. He is bright, funny, and so smart. PS was zapping the spirit and life out of him. Ethan is 8 years old. He’s kind, sweet, and a lover of animals. This would make our families year if we won! Future congratulations to whoever wins and thanks for giving someone’s family this awesome gift!

  23. We would learn Spanish, since my husband already speaks it.

  24. We’d love to teach our kids Spanish –

  25. We would choose Spanish. I homeschool four kiddos; this program would be great for us!

  26. Adriana Watt says:

    Oh, I so want this. I droll over Rosetta Stone. I am from Spanish decent, but my Spanish is rusty and I want to be fluent for me and my kids. My kids love talking and love people and want to learn every language so they can talk to every trib and nation, but I would start with Spanish.

    Thanks for the giveaway


  27. Amy Whitehurst says:

    My daughter has been begging to learn Spanish!

  28. Amy Whitehurst says:

    I tweeted!!

  29. I would pick Spanish, but secretly, I would want French.

  30. Jennifer Jones says:

    I would love to learn German or Spanish! 😉

  31. Jennifer Jones says:

    I tweeted. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Erika Russell says:

    I started Spanish in high school and never really tried. So, I would love to learn spanish – and be able to speak it well!

  33. We’d love to have the Spanish program for our homeschool.

  34. Living in South Texas, Spanish is a must! Been trying to learn it for years!! Always wanted to try Rosetta Stone! What a wonderful giveaway!

  35. Our homeschooling family has been talking about studying Italian using the Rosetta Stone homeschool edition for a while now. We are planning a trip to Italy to connect with my partner’s and my children’s roots and family that still live there. Getting started with the Italian language program is a great place to start! Thanks for such a wonderful and generous giveaway!

  36. Probably Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.

  37. I would love to have this for our homeschool!! I would pick spanish.

  38. I would love the German program for me and my family.

  39. Keri Brinkley says:

    I would love to win the Spanish version for our family!

  40. Keri Brinkley says:

    Also, I tweeted about this…even though I know little about Twitter and almost never tweet! : )

  41. Oh dear I’m not sure I can narrow to one, Italian sound great but that is for me, my husband speaks japanese and Russian and I’ve always wanted to learn those as well, but what is best for my two sons? I guess Japanese is the one I choose I know one day my husband wants us all to visit Japan, My older son has taken some Japanese cultural classes so he would probably b most interested in that! Fun giveaway thanks!

  42. My children would like to learn Japanese.

  43. Sarah Shafer says:

    If we won the software, I would choose to study French with the kids. I took French in high school and college and try to impart a bit of the knowledge I still have on them, but I’d really love to have a more formal program for them. Thanks!

  44. Sarah Shafer says:

    I tweeted about this from my account @SarahMShafer. Thanks!

  45. It is a dream to learn Italian and French, but Spanish would be wonderful for our homeschool children too. Thanks for the opportunity! : )

  46. Stefanie says:

    I would love the Spanish version for me and my family!

  47. We would love to use this to sharpen our Portuguese! Thanks for the awesome blog!

  48. We would love to win this! We would choose spanish.

  49. I’d love to speak English very well. I am still learning English :)