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Old 10-27-2009, 06:59 PM
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Just curious to know if anyone has used this program before. They are always advertising but I have yet to hear someone who has used the program. I am interested in learning Arabic, at least a beginning knowledge of it. I have taken several years of spanish in both high school and college and I am lucky I know what "hola" means. I thought about taking a program (online) with U of West Florida that taught Arabic Language and Culture. But for almost $2k, I thought I'd be better off to say $1500 and buy this program if it was worth it. Any opinions?
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We get it free through the military. I have taken several to get me the basics for the country I am going to. It works.

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I have all five Spanish discs it works well if you put in the time. Its around $600 for the set. I think Arabic is the same price for the whole set if you buy it together if you buy them one at a time its around $900 The total set which includes reading and writing Arabic is under a grand
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:32 AM
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Please allow me to save you some money.

Rosetta Stone is sold primarily in malls and usually in kiosks. The individual managers receive a certain number of free language packs every month. The purpose being to give out for promotional purposes.

It is very common for these managers to sell some of these "free" language packs. They usually do it through a cut out.

The easiest place to find these kits at a discount is Craigs List. Once purchased, these kits are completely legal and registerable and upgradeable.

Upgrading the kits is usually a pain in the butt but it's not really necessary.

Good luck. My wife and I are currently doing the Spanish course and it does work.

Good luck.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by kingair View Post
I have take several to get me the basic for the country I am going to.

http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-english


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Old 10-28-2009, 12:45 PM
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I ( I mean " a friend of mine"...) got the spanish version free from a hack site.....if you do enough research, i'm sure it's out there for free!
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Before you buy, go on Amazon.com and search for Rosetta Stone and check the reviews. Many of the reviews are quite detailed and quite negative.
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Originally Posted by bstnsportsfan View Post
Just curious to know if anyone has used this program before. They are always advertising but I have yet to hear someone who has used the program. I am interested in learning Arabic, at least a beginning knowledge of it. I have taken several years of spanish in both high school and college and I am lucky I know what "hola" means. I thought about taking a program (online) with U of West Florida that taught Arabic Language and Culture. But for almost $2k, I thought I'd be better off to say $1500 and buy this program if it was worth it. Any opinions?
For $2K you can...fly to Costa Rica and immerse yourself in their culture...all of their culture.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
For $2K you can...fly to Costa Rica and immerse yourself in their culture...all of their culture.
I wonder if I wanted to learn spanish! Heck I can save $2k and go to Miami for a weekend. The target language would be Arabic.

Thanks guys for the opinions. I will continue my research.
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:08 PM
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just out of curiosity,why arabic?
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Originally Posted by bstnsportsfan View Post
I wonder if I wanted to learn spanish! Heck I can save $2k and go to Miami for a weekend. The target language would be Arabic.

Thanks guys for the opinions. I will continue my research.
Sorry...just re-read your orig post. But still, the sites in CR are better than Islamabad!
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:23 AM
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Don't know if it works but the woman in the pink shirt on the commercial is hot.
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Originally Posted by ISLANDER11 View Post
http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-english


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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I am not sure why, but everytime I get on THT, my spelling falls to pieces.
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Also - check your local Library - ours has the program on line for FREEEEEEEE
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by 3hagooeys View Post
just out of curiosity,why arabic?
Next year I am going back to school for a MA in Pol Sci focus on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East/Afghanistan reagion. I hope to try (long shot but you don't know unless you try) for a government job in the future. The more things on the resume are better. I've also been interested in learning another language for quite some time.
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I'm learning Spanish by watching a spanish language TV show called des controll!
a must watch for all you guys looking to expand your cultural horizons!
Dozens of hot chicks in bikinis dancing while some host guy and chick babble on
in Spanish!
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Originally Posted by razz View Post
Please allow me to save you some money.

Rosetta Stone is sold primarily in malls and usually in kiosks. The individual managers receive a certain number of free language packs every month. The purpose being to give out for promotional purposes.

It is very common for these managers to sell some of these "free" language packs. They usually do it through a cut out.

The easiest place to find these kits at a discount is Craigs List. Once purchased, these kits are completely legal and registerable and upgradeable.

Upgrading the kits is usually a pain in the butt but it's not really necessary.

Good luck. My wife and I are currently doing the Spanish course and it does work.

Good luck.
Interesting. I received a phone call from Rosetta's Legal Department after making this post.

Not sure if they are unhappy with me saying:

1. They sell it in Kiosks
2. You can buy it cheaper on Craigs List.
3. That I like the program (no, that's probably not it, lol).

Really makes you think ... watch what you post ... someone is always watching ! LOL !

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Old 11-05-2009, 09:37 AM
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Okay, I have returned the call to Rosetta Stone.

It is their contention that I gave false info when I said that :

"The individual managers receive a certain number of free language packs every month. The purpose being to give out for promotional purposes.

It is very common for these managers to sell some of these "free" language packs. They usually do it through a cut out.

The easiest place to find these kits at a discount is Craigs List. Once purchased, these kits are completely legal and registerable and upgradeable."

This may in fact be the case. However, it is what I was told when I purchased a copy off of Craigs List.

The individual (who I will not name) from Rosetta Stone told me that it was likely that I purchased a counterfeit copy. He stated this without any evidence to support the fact.

Rosetta Stone requested that I remove my post. Rather than pretend that something that happened didn't happen, I would prefer to simply keep everyone apprised of the facts.

It is a fact that I don't know where the guy I bought Rosetta Stone from got it. It does not appear to be counterfeit but maybe it's just good counterfeit. Just don't know. What I stated above is simply what I was told.

Rosetta Stone's representative stated that if I did not remove my post, they would have THT do it.

I guess we'll see.

P.S. Just for the record, I dont' condone counterfeit products. I do believe in free speech.


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Old 11-06-2009, 12:47 AM
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Razz, how did they (Rosetta) get your personal info???
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:44 AM
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Razz, how did they (Rosetta) get your personal info???
That's a good question. Be aware that I was contacted by their legal department. During the course of the conversation, the "legal" rep referred to "his" investigators".

The whole conversation was nothing but attempted intimidation with inuendos and statements about how I had to remove my post.

I suggested that he post his views on this thread but he insisted that I simply erase my post.

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