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Reverse engineer Rosetta Stone? Maybe not

We’ve been wondering what it would take reverse engineer Rosetta Stone, or just come up with our own Sugar-based ELL program, but this recent study of RS and one other commercial piece of software confirms the obvious–very few people can stick with these programs in order to make them worthwhile.  For the hefty price, the return will be small.  Which means, the $9.99 apps will probably be a more economical and viable “solution.” Very few people are going to learn English from a piece of software (8 hours a day, 5 days a week), but they might improve their vocabulary by using an app 15 minutes a day.

Us Sugar users would probably do well to encourage people to build word lists in Memorize; I also wonder if there is any way to build up a library of Memorize flash cards.  Not very constructivist of me, but hard to construct language skills without them.




2 comments on “Reverse engineer Rosetta Stone? Maybe not

  1. Bob Braxton
    January 16, 2012

    I spent some time with Kiswahili (Rosetta) even after studying quite a lot in a thin language book. I found the pictures and sound of some value.

  2. ncarol
    January 18, 2012

    There a “proof of concept” for library of Memorize at: .

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