As an international company based in Sweden, many of us here at Findcourses face a unique challenge. Namely, the Swedish language. As such we thought it appropriate to have a chat with someone who has just completed one of the program options. I sat down with a friend of a friend of a friend, Christina, to do just that.
Diandra: Hey Christina, thanks for taking the time to chat!
Christina: Not a problem - it's always nice to hear a fellow American accent!
D: So which Rosetta Stone program did you take?
C: I took the Swedish Level One course. I started before moving to Sweden to be with my fiancé, now husband, and completed it while living here. They say the level one course should take about 50 hours. I think that was true for me – I did the whole thing in a little over two months.
D: How much time would you say you spent on it?
C: Maybe an hour a day for four or five days a week. The lessons are structure so that I feel like I’ve gained quite a bit for a pretty small time commitment. I made it part of my routine in the morning and would usually do it while eating breakfast. The voice recognition worked pretty well, considering I would sometimes be speaking through my oatmeal.
D: What were your overall impressions?
C: I found the program very helpful for learning the basics. I really liked it. If I had a complaint it would be that the audio/speaking feature was a bit frustrating sometimes. Some of the pronunciation was a real challenge for me, but I liked the privacy of it. Being corrected by a machine may have been frustrating but itgave me a lot of confidence, I think.
D: What did you like most about it?
C: It kept things interesting and covered a wide variety of subjects - everything from counting to going to the grocery store, to basic conversations. Living in Sweden, I think the course prepared me pretty well in the basics and has given me decent start. It was a great foundation.
D: How does it compare to traditional language learning?
C: I was learning in a classroom alongside studying Rosetta Stone and I found Rosetta to be more helpful. Comparing myself to others in my class, I think Rosetta Stone gave me an extra push when it comes to pronunciation. The flexibility with it was also nice—but I really like the way the program is structured and I recommend it to everyone!
D: Great! Well thanks again for taking the time to chat!