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. Jennifer Brannon says:

    I would LOVE to win the Spanish program… we’re looking at the demo of Tell Me More Spanish that we picked up at our homeschool convention… but we can’t afford to buy one right now. This would be a dream come true!! Thanks for the chance.

  2. I would love to win the Rosetta Stone Chinese program! My 11 year old son really wants to learn Chinese. We already own Rosetta Stone Russian (my 16yr dd) and Rosetta Stone French (me)

  3. Jennifer Brannon says:

    We’d study Spanish not only because we live in AZ with a huge Mexican population, but because I studied it for six years and LOVE the language!

  4. European Spanish, we are currently living abroad in Espana!
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  5. Jennifer Brannon says:

    Tweeted it!

  6. I just tweeted your giveaway here:!/henjenca/status/97901488814297088
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  7. Tina Kosis says:

    I just tweeted about the giveaway, Good luck to all that entered.

  8. We would go with Spanish. It would be a very useful language for our geographic location!

  9. I have 3 children and one child took French for 6 years, another is taking Latin and one is taking Spanish. My son is taking Latin to help him with the SAT, and my other child is taking Spanish because of the way things are in the country.

  10. I’d love to have Rosetta Stone for Spanish! I learned in high school, but would love to refresh my skills as well as teach my kids too!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. I would love to teach my children Spanish with Rosetta Stone. I have some background in high school, and our location (Seattle) and heritage (Mexican) make Spanish a good choice!

  12. I am not sure–each language has advantages–but it would probably be between German and Latin American Spanish.

  13. I tweeted! My username is @serenasweet

  14. would love the mandarin chinese program!!
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  15. My family and I would love to try the Italian version as we hope to go there some day! Thanks for offering this!
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  16. My daughter loves to learn different languages. She went to a school that was multi-lingual before I began to homeschool her. Our dream is to travel through France so we would love to learn French. I have been looking at the Rosetta Stone program. Thanks for the contest!

  17. My kiddo has been begging to learn Spanish… probably Latin American. I’ve been on the fence about investing in Rosetta Stone. Free is the best price! Thanks for the chance!

  18. I just tweeted – @traceystamps

  19. I would love to win the French program! My daughters and I have been learning French with a library copy of Power-Glide’s program, but we had to return it a couple of weeks ago as since we couldn’t renew it any more. :( Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!
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  20. Our family would love to study Spanish.

  21. April Garcia says:

    We have the Spanish Rosetta Stone and are just starting and love it. I would love to win the Russian one because I spent some time in the Former Soviet Union doing Mission work about 12 years ago and would love to refresh my Russian. I have recently met some Russians in our city and would love to communicate better with them.

  22. I’m already teaching my almost 5yo Spanish though I don’t know that much myself. I’d love the Spanish (Latin America) version. Also tempting for me are French, Arabic and Hebrew.

  23. Oh man, how to decide…! I’d love to learn Japanese, but for my kids I’d probably pick either Spanish or Latin.

  24. Oh wow! We would love to win the Italian Rosetta Stone program. We dream of traveling to Italy, eating spaghetti and gelati, viewing the Sistine Chapel and winding our way through the narrow streets of Rome on scooters! :) If we won this program we would actually be able to say something other than “Ciao”! You’d be helping 8 people achieve their dream! :)

  25. Betty Marino says:

    We would love to use Rosetta Stone Italian! Our family speaks Italian and we have several relatives in Italy. We would love to be able to travel and converse fluently with locals in Italy as well.

  26. I would love this!! We would study Spanish. I’ve been looking into Rosetta Stone…how well does it work for younger children(under 7)? Thanks!

  27. Our 2 sons (9 and 5) have relatives who only speak Russian. We would love to win Rosetta Stone Russian so they can finally communicate!

  28. We would choose the Latin or Spanish. Great giveaway!

  29. I’d pick Spanish. I know a tiny bit, but I’d love to know more. Thanks!
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  30. tweet’d
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  31. Latin, please! We are just starting to learn it, and a computer program would be a huge help. Thanks for the chance!

  32. Tweeted. :)

  33. Oh my- we would love to win Rosetta Stone German as we are living in Switzerland and sadly know very little German!

  34. aimee c. says:

    i tweeted about the giveaway. thanks!

  35. aimee c. says:

    i think i would get the spanish version for my family to learn. thanks!

  36. I am homeschooling 2 boys and would love to join them in learning spanish

  37. I would choose SPanish for my family. Thanks so much!!!

  38. The Filipino program is the best program for my children.

  39. Probably Spanish or Russian!

  40. I tweeted the giveaway!

  41. French, definitely, as I want to learn it and would love the kids to begin a second language. I figure the few words they’ve learned from Dora don’t count :).

  42. I would LOVE the Spanish version of the Rosetta Stone. We are going to Mexico for a second time in Feb. and it would come in handy for the kids.

  43. We would love to learn Spanish!
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  44. Like you, we would love to have the Italian version as my son desperately wants to visit Rome. So some Italian would be very useful! Also we want to learn Italian as it helps with his music appreciation.
    I have tweeted about this as well. Good luck to everyone!
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  45. Oops, didn’t really the tweet mention had to be in a separate message. Consider this it :)
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  46. Just tweeted! @jacque_watkins
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  47. Char Gutt says:

    My children and I would love to learn Spanish, using Rosetta Stone! As more of our population becomes spanish speaking, we will be able to better serve our community by being able to communicate in fluent Spanish! Thank you!

  48. We began a Spanish program for my daughter but since we moved overseas I’ve been having a hard time continuing it!! I would love the Spanish program for our family.
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  49. I tweeted about this contest!!/DeannaNMc/status/97945472060231680
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