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A General Overview of Rosetta Stone Language Lessons

A General Overview of Rosetta Stone® Language Lessons


Your Rosetta Stone Language Lessons program is composed of one main feature: Language Training. There are many opportunities open to you in Language Training and many ways to use it to improve your experience in Rosetta Stone.  Click on the relevant topic below to find out how to make the most of your language studies.  Please note that, depending on the requirements of your Rosetta Stone account, some of these program customization options may not be available to you or they will appear differently to you.

What is Language Training?
Can I disable or edit the Speech feature?
Can I edit my sound preferences in Language Training?
How do I pause an activity in Language Training?
How do I prevent automatic advance in Language Training?
I don't know what the screen is asking me to do.  What are the different screen types I'll see in Language Training?
How do I get a green check mark for passing lessons?
What is Adaptive Recall?
Can I reset my progress in Language Training?
How do I utilize the speech analysis tool?
 



What is Language Training?


Language Training is the cornerstone of your experience as you learn a language. You will learn exclusively in your new language, without translation, quickly gaining the confidence to communicate. The Rosetta Stone immersion based method immediately teaches you to think in a new language by connecting words with vivid imagery in real-life contexts to convey meaning. Language Training keeps track of your progress along the way and you can reinforce your learning on the go with the Audio Companion.

Language Training is divided into units with lessons and Focused Activities. Core Lessons will teach you your new language, while Focused Activities build skills and reinforce the language you've learned. At the end of each unit, a conversational Milestone helps you review what you've learned in a simulated conversation. There are four Core Lessons and a Milestone within one unit. There are four units per level.

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Can I disable or edit the Speech feature?


Speech recognition contributes to complete immersion into your new language and we recommend using it throughout Language Training. However, you can complete lessons in Language Training without using speech recognition. When speech recognition is disabled, the native speaker in Language Training pronounces sounds, words and phrases for you, but you aren't required to repeat them. The screen advances once the speaker finishes.

If you wish to continue without speech recognition for a single activity, you can turn it off by selecting "Continue without speech for this session."

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If you wish to turn off speech recognition overall, use a different headset, or edit the speech precision level, you can click on the icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen, select "Set Preferences" as indicated below and navigate to the Audio Settings tab on the pop-up window that follows.

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To select a different headset, choose from the list of Available microphones under ''Device Settings'
To disable the speech feature for all lessons, un-check the box in 'Speech Recognition Settings' that says "Use speech recognition."
To raise or lower the speech precision level, adjust the slider found in 'Speech Recognition Settings' as desired.

When you are done adjusting settings, click 'apply changes' at the bottom.
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How do I edit my sound preferences in Language Training?


Language Training allows you to adjust audio device settings and speech recognition settings, such as the Speech Precision Level. You can also Disable Answer Sounds.

1. While on your Rosetta Stone homescreen, click on the icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen, select "Set Preferences."

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2. Click the Audio Settings tab

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3. Change your preferences.

4. Click "Apply Changes."

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How do I pause an activity in Language Training?


After you complete an activity in Rosetta Stone, the pause button will appear in the menu bar for several seconds as the program transitions to the next activity screen.  The Pause Button is located at the bottom right corner of your screen. This button is a toggle between the Pause and the Advance button, and it will only appear briefly in between screens.

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You can click on the Pause Button just before your screen advances, if you want to pause and review before moving on to the next screen. When are you ready to resume your activity, click on the Advance Button to continue.

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While, once you enter a Speaking activity, you’ ll immediately be prompted to speak in the language you’re learning, you can still pause this activity as well.

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Click the green radio button above the image that’s prompting you to speak. This pauses the program, making your voice or any background noise undetectable. When you click the button again, you can resume the Speaking activity.

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How do I prevent automatic advance in Language Training?


1. Sign in to your program.

2. While on your Rosetta Stone homescreen, click on the icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen, select "Set Preferences."

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3. You will see a pop up window.  Click on "Course settings."

4. Un-check the box that says "Continue automatically to next screen."
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5.  Click "Apply Changes."


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I don't know what the screen is asking me to do. What are the different screen types I'll see in Language Training?


Rosetta Stone uses a variety of screen types to help you associate meaning with new words.

Here is a list of the screen types you will come across in Language Training. When you are doing an activity, you can also click the question mark icon at the top right of your program and then click "Help" to see our User's Guide, which will give you more details about the program.

Choose an Image -Click on the picture that matches spoken words and/or text.

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Choose a Prompt -Click the small image or text to match the pictures or text boxes below.

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Practice Speaking -Speak into the headset microphone if available, or just practice speaking.

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Produce a New Phrase or Sentence -Produce a new word or phrase that fits the context.

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Pronounce Syllables -Repeat each syllable after the native speaker. Put the syllables together to pronounce the word correctly.

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Use Speech Analysis -On any Speech screen, click the Speech-Analysis icon to open a new screen. This screen allows you to mimic the speaker's voice to see a graph of your voice. Use the Record icon to record your voice and click the Speaker icon to review the recording.

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Select from Multiple Choices-From the options, click on the one that correctly completes the phrase or sentence.

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Practice Writing - Type the phrase on your computer keyboard or use the on-screen keyboard. Click a special character key to insert an accent or diacritic mark.

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How do I get a green check mark for passing lessons?


To ensure you understand your new language, the following components of Language Training are scored:
  • Core Lessons
  • Focused Activities
  • Reviews
  • Milestones
The percentage you receive on each activity will determine if you get a check mark for passing it.  If you do not receive a check mark upon completing a lesson, it is best to repeat the activity until you receive one. It is possible to continue on without passing the activity; however, it's not generally recommended, as you are building your language foundation in Language Training. Please refer to the chart below to see what the minimum passing score is for each activity.


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What is Adaptive Recall?


Adaptive Recall schedules the day on which you should repeat a lesson's Review activity. By scheduling review lessons at optimal intervals, Adaptive Recall is designed to help you efficiently retain what you learn without wasting time reviewing material that you already know well. By presenting review material at just the right time, Adaptive Recall helps you transfer new language from short-term to long-term memory.

Your performance during Review activities determines how often you see Adaptive Recall activities. As you complete the Adaptive Recall activity, you'll see a notification window informing you that the same material will appear again on or before a specific date.  Each level has four units, and each unit has four review activities.  As a result, there could be up to 16 Adaptive Recall activities (4x4) for each language level and you may encounter multiple Adaptive Recall activities at once.

If you don't want to complete the Adaptive Recall, instead of clicking the "Continue" button that starts the Adaptive Recall review, you can use the Navigator on your Homescreen to select another lesson. You will still be able to return to the Adaptive Recall at any later time.

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Can I reset my progress in Language Training?


If you wish to repeat completed activities, you can select the activity you wish to repeat from the Homescreen. Rosetta Stone will ask if you want to continue your current progress or to reset your score and restart the activity.  Click reset your score if you want to be re-scored on the activity.

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How do I utilize the speech analysis tool?


For concentrated practice on your pronunciation, you can go to the Speech Analysis screen. Here, you can record and play back the sound of your own voice, compare your speech with the native speaker, and then record again. You'll hear how quickly you improve!

To access the Speech Analysis screen:

On any screen in a speech activity, roll over the Speech Analysis icon and it will turn green. 

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User-added imageOn any screen in an activity other than a speech activity, click the "Answers" icon and the Speech Analysis tool will turn green as shown above.

If you click on the Speech Analysis icon, the Speech Analysis dialog box appears. At the prompt, speak into the microphone. A graph of your speech appears below the native graph for comparison. Click the speaker icon next to your recording to hear your own voice.

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User-added imageClick Record to make another recording. The results of your recordings are shown in the recording history below the graphs. Click any of the speaker icons in the history to redisplay the graph and replay the recording of your voice.  Please note that these recordings are not saved after you close the speech analysis tool.

Speed Controls

The native speech plays at the slowest speed so that you can hear the pronunciation more clearly. Click the speed setting to change the speed:

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Speech Graphs

The speech graphs give you a visual comparison of your speech with the native speaker.

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Click a different tab to choose another speech graph to display.

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User-added image Emphasis displays the strength of your speech to compare the relative stress on syllables.

User-added image Pitch displays the high to low pitch change of your speech.

User-added image Spectrogram displays the strength of frequencies over time, also known as a Voiceprint.

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