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What is the best software for learning a new language?

Asked by Mushy99 (156points) July 10th, 2009

I want to learn German to a very high standard in the shortest possible time and I’m looking for software to help me do that. I am not keen on Rosetta Stone, so please don’t suggest that.

Many thanks,

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aprilsimnel's avatar

I know a lot of people like Pimsleur. You might give that system a go.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’m sold on Rosetta Stone. I haven’t found an easier program. Just be prepared to pay a lot for it.

Deepness's avatar

I used Pimsleur for trip to Brazil this year. It’s really good.

For a more fun approach, if you have an iPhone or Nintendo DS, try the “coach” games. My Spanish coach, My French coach, My Japanese coach, etc.

They are really fun.

Mushy99's avatar

Thanks everyone :-)

AstroChuck's avatar

@aprilsimnel @Deepness- I thought Pilsleur was just audio. I’m not aware of any Pilsleur software.

aliisyourfriend's avatar

I hate to say it, but I haven’t found any language software that I find particularly useful. I’ve studied Italian, German, Hindi, French and Russian—but all in immersion-style classroom settings, which seems to be the best method for me. I find Rosetta Stone overly simplistic and have only had any luck with audio lessons when I was able to combine them with a textbook.

I think a lot of it depends on what kind of learner you are—visual, auditory, etc.

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