While Rosetta Stone holds the biggest market share and name recognition, I’ve never enjoyed using it. I actually find it a bit boring to tell the truth.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I located a whole bunch of other great programs out there! There’s no reason to pay hundreds of dollars for Rosetta Stone when there are programs of higher quality available for free (or at least much less!).
Here are a few of my favorites:
Mango is often available free through your public library (you can check if your library has it here) and offers courses in ESL and 15 other languages.
Livemocha is an interactive language learning site that rewards users helping each other in the language learning process. Rosetta Stone owns LiveMocha, and this site shares a lot of similar features to Rosetta Stone’s software. It’s free, and is available in 8 languages.
USA Learns (for English only)
USA Learns is a government supported site designed specifically for adult English language learners. It includes a full curriculum for students to work through. Since it doesn’t start with the very basics, students should have know English in order to use this program.
Memrise offers courses in a wide variety of languages as well as subjects like arts, maths, and geography. It’s very easy to navigate and uses a points system that gives users access to exercises.
If you’re looking for language learning program, be sure to check out this article reviewing language learning software as well. (It ranks Rosetta Stone as #9!)