I first visited Italy in the Spring of 2013 and I fell in love with it! So much so, that since my first visit, I’ve returned seven more times. My time in Italy has turned my initial love with the country into a full-on obsession and I’m hoping to one day spend a full year in Italy – if not move to Italy full time. My one, heaping, issue with my plan to reside in Italy? I don’t speak the language!
Me, hanging with the pigeons of the Milano Duomo, in Milan, Italy!
I made it one of my goals for 2019 to learn the Italian language but being that I’m constantly on the road – making time to practice seemed to be a daunting task; until I started learning Italian with Rosetta Stone!
What better way to practice Italian than over an Italian meal with an Italian wine?!
If you’re unfamiliar with Rosetta Stone; it’s the leading online language education program. With over 30 different languages to learn from and lessons ranging from 12-20 units with each unit housing four lessons with 20 (or more) exercises. Units range from “language basics” to “greetings and introductions”. Rosetta Stones “immersion method” make it super simple to go from learning words, to phrases, to conversations and with the phrasebook the user can listen to and learn to articulate key phrases, used in real-life situations, in the language you’re learning.
You’ll definitely want to freshen up on the “dining and vacation” unit in Rosetta Stone if traveling to the Amalfi Coast (middle) for “limoncello y dolce” (limoncello and dessert) or to Lake Como (right) for a “spuntino pomeridiano” (afternoon snack).
Each lesson in the unit helps the user practice the lesson, almost repetitively, before advancing to the exercise, or “test” of the unit and accompanying lessons. The exercises range from “reading”, to listening”, to “review”, to “grammar”, to “vocabulary”.
A “reading” exercise (right), in which the user will select the photo that represents the statement read above and a “listening” exercise (left) in which the user will select the photo that represents the statement they listen to above.There are three main reasons I opted to learn the Italian language with @RosettaStone: simplicity, mobility and cost.
When it comes to simplicity – it doesn’t get much more user friendly than Rosetta Stone. I was expecting to have to go through an entire ‘on-boarding’ of a sort or read through a bit of instructions to start learning Italian on Rosetta Stone– but it’s so user friendly (and quite honestly – just easy) that I jumped right into the lessons.
Another really dope feature of the Rosetta Stone app that keeps learning simple is that the user has the option to open any lesson without having completed the lesson prior. Meaning, if you want to skip from Unit Two’s “Greeting and Introductions” and skip to Unit 8’s “Dining and Vacation” – you’re more than welcome to!
Perhaps you’d want to skip to the shopping unit for a day of shopping in Positano, Italy (middle) or to describe your Gucci Sunglasses and Gatta Camera Bag perfectly propped into a gorgeous view over Portofino, Italy.
Another thing I’m loving the Rosetta Stone app for is the mobility. While it’s extremely convenient to be able to use the mobile app on the go (perfect for planes, trains and travel overall!) – I love that my account syncs with a desktop, web-based, version of the app. What’s even better? The app and desktop versions are so synced up that when you log in on desktop – it picks up the exact lesson and unit I was working on mobile app (and vice versa).
The unit user-face on the desktop version.
The unit user-face on the mobile version.
When it comes to learning on the go (or in my case, while getting lost) Rosetta Stone’s features really make it easy to practice and learn. Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent® is the world’s best speech recognition technology which makes practicing your pronunciation (right into your phone) super easy and more importantly – effective.
You can even take your pronunciation practice a step further on the Rosetta Stone platform with their stories feature – where the user can read a full story aloud and compare it to the native speakers’ voice. And as if all of that isn’t great enough for learning on the go? With Rosetta Stone you can even practice offline. That’s right, you don’t need mobile connectivity to practice your lessons! You can download lessons right onto your device to keep practicing and learning – whether you’re at home, on a train or at an airport on your way to your next adventure.
And last but not least, the cost of Rosetta Stone simply makes it the best way to learn a new language. You can get a subscription to Rosetta Stone for as low as $5.99 a month! Rosetta Stone also offers heaps of subscriptions which range from three months to six months to twelve months and 24 months and if you’re interested in an annual subscription you can sign up with a nice discount from my friends at Rosetta Stone. If you’re interested in trying out Rosetta Stone, without the commitment of a subscription you can also use this link to sign up with a free-demo!
Traveling to Italy is a life-changing experience from the produce stands of Verona (top middle) to the salumeria (delicatessen) stands of Bologna (top right) to the beautiful Hotel Borgo Giusto Grounds in Tuscany (bottom photos left and right). I can’t wait for my next trip to Italy to practice the lessons I learned with Rosetta Stone!
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