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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone provides technology-based language learning solutions consisting of software, online services and audio practice tools. Their self-study language learning program is available in 30 languages. Its customers include individuals, educational institutions, armed forces, government agencies and corporations.

Rosetta Stone is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company's innovative, technology-driven language, literacy and brain-fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world.

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Supported languages
English, Spanish
Serviceable Area
Canada,  United States
Supported Platforms
  • Web Based
  • Mobile Web
  • Desktop Windows
  • Desktop Mac OSX
  • Mobile App IOS
  • Mobile App Android

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Domain Authority 71
Alexa Rank 10849
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  • Interactive Course
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  • Live Online Tutoring
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How to Get Your Rosetta Stone Free Trial

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone Inc. is a US-based software development company.  It primarily develops brain fitness, language, and literacy software solutions used by thousands of government organizations, schools and businesses and millions of individuals around the world. The company is best known for its Language-Learning solutions and even has acquisitions with Tell Me More, Fit Brains, Lexia Learning, and Livemocha. Do you plan on using Rosetta Stone as well? If so, follow these simple steps to create a free-trial account:

Step 1:

Rosetta Stone Free Trial Process Step 1  

Enter www.rosettastone.com into the URL of your browser and click on the ‘sign in’ option. This option appears in the top right corner of the web page (highlighted in blue) to continue with creating your free trial account.

Step 2:

Rosetta Stone Free Trial Process Step 2  

After clicking on the ‘Sign in’, you will be asked to ‘Select a product to sign in’. Choose any of the above programs you want to try out by clicking on the ‘Free Trial’ options right below the product titles.

Step 3:

Rosetta Stone Free Trial Process Step 3  

Taking ‘Rosetta Stone Online Subscription’ as an example, you will be Provided with the pages given above. As shown in the top right corner, there is a ‘Select A Language’ option that says ‘select your language to get started.'

Step 4:

Rosetta Stone Free Trial Process Step 4  

After selecting the relevant language you want to work with, you will get to this page that shows a small box that says ‘Sign Up for a Free 25-Hour ALL ACCESS TRIAL’. Make sure to enter your first name, last name, and a valid email address.

Click on the ‘Sign Up Now’ option to move on with setting up your account and gain access to all of the product’s features through the ‘All Access Trial’. However, the trial expires within 24 hours. So, make sure to test the product patiently and comfortably before making a final decision to subscribe to a monthly package.

Rosetta Stone Review by Cloudswave

Have you always wanted to learn another language but worried that you wouldn't be able to pick it up? Maybe you like the idea of traveling and want to learn the language before you visit a far off, foreign country. Perhaps you always wanted to learn one of the Romance languages. No matter the reason, the compulsion to learn a new language seems to strike everyone at some point. Of course, the hard part used to be finding a place to learn. If you weren’t in high school or college, it was difficult. Even then, it could be difficult to find classes for certain languages in many areas. Thanks to the Internet, and to products like Rosetta Stone, things today are much easier.  

What Is Rosetta Stone?

Rosetta Stone is easily the most recognized brand when it comes to online language learning, and it's been synonymous with becoming fluent in other languages for two decades. Over the years, they've worked with millions of people around the world and helped more than 22,000 educational institutions. They've built a quality reputation as the "go-to source" for learning a new language.


They currently have programs to help users learn a number of languages including: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dari, Dutch, English, German, French, Tagalog, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Farsi, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.


Many people who want to learn a new language do not have the time or inclination to take a traditional class. Learning straight out of a book with no feedback is impossible. Rosetta Stone helps to simplify things. Those who want to learn a language, whether they are an adult who wants to expand his or her horizons, or a child who wants to learn another language, it has the potential to be a very good solution.


In addition, those who want to learn do not always have access to a teacher in their area that offers the language. As you can see from the above languages offered, you can choose from many different options, and you can do so no matter where you might be in the world. While some might argue that videos can help to teach you a language, they do not have the capability to provide you with the feedback that you will get through using Rosetta Stone.  

Pros and Cons of Rosetta Stone

The system that Rosetta Stone uses can help to make learning a language much easier for many people. Instead of focusing on the grammar and translation that other learning methods use, the system teaches you to think in the new language from the first lesson. The program helps you to learn all aspects of the language, not just learning the words you need to know. You will learn how to speak, listen, write, and actually understand the new language. The system makes the learning process as simple as possible and removes any of the intimidation that many people normally feel when undertaking such as large endeavor.


The users of the system are not merely watching videos. They need to interact and prove that they are actually learning the language each step of the way. You will interact with the software, and you can also connect with real language teachers through the system.


Of course, it is important to point one of the biggest cons of Rosetta Stone and that's the price. It is not a cheap program, but it is cheaper than taking years of language lessons. You can also continue to learn and go over your lessons with the online learning program. When you consider this aspect, it could make it well worth the price. However, before you spend money on the system to learn a language, you should check out the free trial. You can choose the language you want to learn and then start the demo. They offer a demo for all of the different languages.


Also, keep in mind that they offer a 30-day no risk money-back guarantee for their product. Those who purchase the Personal Edition or the Home School Edition through the site or over the phone are guaranteed a refund if they return the product within 30 days.


Users have a number of options when it comes to learning as well. They can choose the traditional product or an online subscription, which can be a great choice for those who want to learn on multiple devices, including mobile devices.


Another one of the benefits of Rosetta Stone is the fact that you can learn through mobile apps, which they have available for their products. You are actually able to sync your learning progress across applications as well. If you start learning on your PC at home, and then want to keep learning while on break, you are able to pick up right where you left off once you get onto your phone or tablet.  

You Get What You Give

As with nearly any type of learning product, it is very important that you understand that you have to put in the effort in order to get the best results from the product. Those who will do the best and learn the most while using Rosetta Stone are typically those who work the hardest at it. The product helps to make things easier by using unique teaching methods. However, that does not mean that users will simply absorb the material and become fluent in a few months. It still takes dedication and hard work.  
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    Rating based on 15 Critic Reviews

    6 Favorable reviews
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    5 Mixed reviews
    33 %
    4 unfavorable reviews
    27 %
  • Rosetta Stone rarely works. I can say that with confidence because I’m a language enthusiast, world traveler, and a successful language club organizer. I have never met a Rosetta Stone student who could ask me a useful question like “What’s your name?” in the language they were studying. So if you’re asking yourself, “Does Rosetta Stone work?” my answer is, “For everyone I’ve met, Rosetta Stone does not work.”

  • If you have the money and the time,Rosetta Stone is a good choice. Many companies offer their employees subsidies to use Rosetta Stone, and even allow employees to study while at work. Check with your HR or management team to see if they will do the same. But if you are low on money and time (as most people are), I would instead just recommend free podcasts or affordable “freemium” sites.

  • Rosetta Stone has a lot going for it. If you were to take it apart and look at its individual parts, you’d call it a success. But when you put all those shiny parts together, you’re left with a program that’s actually pretty dull.

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User Reviews

  • 4 In total

  • User review from

    Brett Jones

    The idea of Rosetta Stone is a great one, and though I've only just dabbled in the shallow waters of what is offered, thus far I have had an enjoyable experience. Though I can certainly see some fundamental stumbling blocks that must be experienced as you get further and further down the rabbit hole, I am simply too early on in the process to be tripping over those pieces.

    The concept appears to cater quite well to beginner courses or complete new-comers to a language; the more advanced levels of learning and becoming increasingly fluent in a language of choice will pose a much bigger challenge as the learning style doesn't allow for much out-of-the-box learning.. andnbsp;Learning certain variations of words as well as overall sentence structure tends to fall by the wayside when the fundamental learning style is too simplistic to piece together anything more than basic, random words.

    So to answer my own question: does Rosetta Stone help to bell curve the language learning process? Simply put, for beginners, yes; for more advanced learning, not so much.

    Pros :

    • Let's face it, it's easy to get your hands on Rosetta Stone.
    • Huge variety of language courses: as well as levels of learning (for certain languages).
    • A great stepping stone for immersing yourself in a new language.
    • Great for learning the basics and getting your feet wet.

    Cons :

    • Can be a bit expensive for the level of learning material being received.
    • Lacks some fundamental learning experiences (constructive criticism, word variations, sentence structure, etc.).
    • Great for practicing words in front of a mirror but for real-life usage it may leave you feeling like a beginner.
    • Not exactly a one-stop-shop for language learning (from what I've experienced, at least), though certainly a good resource to leverage to help augment a language learning process.

    • May 30, 2016
  • User review from

    Kyle Farago

    Rosetta Stone is a fantastic program to learn a new language and has nearly always been a leader in computer-based language training. It's most recent version, Totale, helped introduce new features, training modules, higher performance, better speech recognition, even speaking with a person who's native language is the one you are learning ( though this may not be new to just the Totale versions. )

    The primary way they work is essentially a sink or swim design / total immersion, giving you pictures with a common item / theme so you figure out what it is they are saying. Sort of like Sesame Street style, except Elmo, has yet to make an appearance. Overall this method works well, in my opinion, as you are able to make visual associations with what the word / phrase is. What is also bad about this method is they don't actually EXPLAIN at all what you're looking at in your native language. For example in Spanish, they show you picture slides including an Apple and say "Manzana" hoping you will eventually catch on that they are saying Apple. Eventually following this method and working up to the phrase "el niño come Una Manzana" - The boy eats an apple. Well, this isn't bad - but some slides are easier to get than others and thus you may associate the wrong thing with the wrong word since you never actually hear the word in your language.

    Overall the software is very easy to use, works quickly, doesn't require overly fancy or powerful hardware or equipment. As long as you have decent microphone ( though a headset is preferred ) and a computer made within the last few years, you are set to go and all of your progress is uploaded to Rosetta's servers so your progress is never lost.

    Pros :

    • Good performance.
    • Doesn't require expensive hardware.
    • Reasonable system requirements.
    • Excellent speech recognition.
    • Visual Style learning.
    • Ability to work with language's native speakers.
    • Server side backups.

    Cons :

    • Never presents word in native tongue so you know exactly what you're learning.
    • Installation is a bit cumbersome.

    • May 24, 2016
  • User review from

    Steve Blankenship

    Ever wanted to learn a new language, but feel like you don't have the time? Rosetta Stone offers you the ability to learn just about any language you want without having to pay for classes and be committed to a specific timeline. You're also able to learn at your own pace, instead of having to keep up with those that learn quicker than you. Rosetta Stone offers their courses in a variety of solutions, such as personal, for the classroom (K-12 or higher education), or for enterprises (business or public sector). It can also be accessed via a desktop program, mobile device, or through a web browser.

    Pros :

    • I like being able to learn a language at my own pace. If I'm stuck on a particular lesson, I can continue with that lesson until I am comfortable with it without having to slow an entire classroom down or get lost as the rest of the class progresses.
    • It's also very difficult to find locations near me that teach certain languages, such as Mandarin or Portuguese. An easy-to-use interface and being able to hear the language helps with pronunciation.
    • I like being able to see the words written and pictures that are associated with those words. It helps with the association, making it quicker to learn.
    • The interactive vocal portion is also helpful as it will not let you progress until you get it right.
    • This makes it easier to understand what others are saying as well as speaking more clearly when holding a conversation in a different language.

    Cons :

    • There is a price associated for each language and it is very expensive.
    • If you want to learn and get more than one language, you will be spending hundreds of dollars at a time.
    • If you want to access Rosetta Stone on more than one device, you have to sign up for a subscription at the same price as the desktop program.
    • This would be acceptable, except there is an expiration on that subscription.
    • So, you can either purchase the desktop version to access whenever you want, or you can subscribe to their program for the same price and access it for only 24 months.
    • There are advantages with the online access, such as access to all levels of learning instead of having to pay for each level, as you would with the desktop version.
    • But the online version only allows for one user, whereas the desktop allows for up to 5 users (which is great for families learning together). It will be necessary to determine which version you want by doing the research on their available options

    • March 29, 2016
  • User review from

    Gabriela Ackert

    Rosetta Stone is a great language-learning tool, you can buy their regular course or subscribe online for digital access. It offered easy access from any device for paid subscribers. Paid users have access to their App. It is very user-friendly, and it works by encouraging learners to develop four skills, reading, writing, speaking and reading, all by context and in full immersion. Users learn by acquisition, words match with images help users imprint their new knowledge. Repetitions help you with developing listening and fluency skills, their “click on the bottom” feature allows the user to hear a phrase, word or nuance of the language as many times as needed until he/she understand it.

    I like the full immersion approach in real-life scenarios along with the audio. Users select correct answers throughout different activities and at the end of a lesson, they are notified about their progress. In the Core Lesson, you build basic vocabulary, and you preview your entire unit. The setting section, on the main page, allows the user to customize their course making possible to adjust speech precision, voice type, and user feedback options. You can customize your speech recognition level of difficulty in order to pass each section as well. There is also a free version that allows you to access some lessons for more than 20 languages. Every lesson scaffolds the previous one, which helps the user to build upon previous knowledge and vocabulary. As anything new you want to learn, learning a language takes time, Rosetta Stone is a self-contained learning environment that requires your time, effort, practice and self-motivation.

    Pros :

    • Full immersion.
    • Easy access.
    • Well-structured.
    • Adjustable settings.

    Cons :

    • Since you learn by total immersion, the meanings or words and phrases are learned in context. Therefore, if you have a questions or doubt about something, you can’t ask general questions. The human part of the language learning in a synchronous classroom, which makes it easier to ask for clarifications.

    • December 8, 2015
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FAQs for Rosetta Stone

Many people who want to learn a new language feel that Rosetta Stone is one of their best options. However, they tend to have a number of questions as well. The following are some of the ones most commonly asked.

Question: How Long Will It Take to Learn a Language?

This question is difficult to answer. Each of the levels in the system will typically take between 40 and 50 hours to complete. In addition, everyone learns at a different pace. Some may practice daily while others several days between sessions. The time it takes to learn will often depend on your and the amount of effort you put into it.

Question: Can I Try Before Buying?

Yes, you can try out the free trial right through the Rosetta Stone website. This will give you an idea of whether the system will be right for you or not.

Question: Can I Learn via Apps?

Yes, there are apps you can use to take your language lessons while on the go.

Should You Try Rosetta Stone?

If you have always wanted to learn a new language, then you should certainly try Rosetta Stone's free trial. It's easy to get started with the trial, and it will give you a very good idea of what you should expect from the full product. You can get a better idea of whether it is a type of system that will actually help you to learn. Remember, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee as well, so there is really very little risk with trying Rosetta Stone. While it is not the only method of learning a new language , it is one of the most well known, and people around the world have had success using it. As long as the pricing system (which is subject to change) is within your means, it could be a good solution.


As we've mentioned, this is a pricy product. However, they do offer a free trial, and it's highly recommended that you check out the trial to see how the program works and whether you believe it is something you will be able to benefit from and actually learn from while using it. If the free trial works out well for you, then you can move on to the rest of the lessons.  
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