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All About Language Training



Rosetta Stone's Language Training is a great place to get practice in your new language.  This article will review some tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time with Rosetta Stone.  

General Overview of 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 the relevant topic below to find out how to make the most of your program.

What is Language Training?
How can I customize Language Training?
Can I disable or edit the Speech feature?
Can I edit my sound preferences?
How do I pause an activity?
How do I prevent automatic advance?
I don't know what the screen is asking me to do.  What are the different screen types I'll see?
How do I get a green check mark for passing Lessons?
What is Adaptive Recall?
Can I reset my progress?
How do I use 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 learning 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. There are four core lessons and a Milestone within one unit. There are four units per level.

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How can I customize Language Training?

You can customize your curriculum in two ways:

Signing in or creating your profile for the first time:

You'll see the image below with various curricula options.  Use these options to select a customized curriculum to meet your specific learning objectives.

Course Selection

To change your settings later:

For the program installed on your computer:

1. Click on  continue next to your learn name to advance to the Homescreen.
2. Click the Preferences icon  on your toolbar. User-added image

3. On the pop up window, click on "Change Settings."

4.  Click on the Course tab.

5. Choose "Change your course settings" from near the bottom of the window.

6.  Select a different course option.

7. Click "Apply Changes." and then answer Yes to the screen informing that you are about to change the course.

For an online subscription:

1. Enter any activity from your Homescreen.
2. Click the Preferences icon  on your toolbar. User-added image

3. On the pop up window, click on "Course Settings."

4. Choose "Change your course settings" from near the bottom of the window.

5.  Select a different course option.

6. Click "Apply Changes."
 

Here are brief descriptions of the different curriculum options:

Select your course


1. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: a balanced curriculum that develops your reading, writing, speaking, and listening-comprehension skills.

2. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening - Extended: get extra practice with listening comprehension and reading, especially if you're unfamiliar with the writing system.

3. Speaking and Listening: to focus your study on learning to speak with less emphasis on written language.

4. Reading and Writing: to focus your study on learning to read and write with less emphasis on spoken language.

5. Learn letters and sounds: Your first reading and writing activities introduce the sounds that characters make. If you’re already comfortable with this material, or don’t want to focus on learning the characters, un-check the box.

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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 the program without using speech recognition. When speech recognition is disabled, the native speaker in the program 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 enter any activity from your Homescreen, then click the Preferences icon User-added image on your toolbar (for the program on the computer you will select Change Settings after the gear icon) and navigate to the Audio Settings tab.

To select a different headset, choose from the list of Available microphones under ''Device Settings or Select microphones:'

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 for Speaker Volume found about the 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?

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.

For the program installed on your computer:

1. Click on  continue next to your learn name to advance to the Homescreen.
2. Click the Preferences icon  on your toolbar. User-added image

3. On the pop up window, click on "Change Settings."

4.  Click on the Audio tab.

5. Change the Pronunciation Settings or Disable Answer Sounds.

7. Click "Apply Changes." .

For an online subscription

 
1. While in any Language Training activity, click the Preferences icon in the toolbar on the upper right of the screen.

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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?


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 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 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?

For the program installed on your computer:

1. Click on  continue next to your learn name to advance to the Homescreen.
2. Click the Preferences icon  on your toolbar. User-added image

3. On the pop up window, click on "Change Settings."

4.  Click on the Course tab.

5. At the bottom of the screen uncheck Continue automatically to next screen.

7. Click "Apply Changes." .

For an online subscription


1. Sign in to to your program

2. After entering any Language Training activity, click the Preferences icon.

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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?

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 the program. When you are doing an activity, you can also click the question mark icon at the top right of your program to see our User's Guide, which will give you more details about the program.

Choose an Image -Click 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 the 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 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 the program 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?

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 use 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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 In the computer installed on your computer (does not apply to online subscriptions) On any screen in an activity other than a speech activity, click the "Answers" Answers button icon and the Speech Analysis tool will turn green as shown above.

If you click 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 re-display 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.

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

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

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

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Tips for writing activities

Here you can find some tips on completing writing activities in your Rosetta Stone program.

How to find special characters
Entering your answer
Half-form characters in the Hindi program

 

How to find special characters

During writing activities, you can enter a word or phrase in one of two ways:

  1. Type the letters with your physical keyboard while using the on-screen keyboard for reference on the key locations.
  2. Click the correct letters on the on-screen keyboard with your mouse.

For some languages, you can click the special outlined character key to insert characters with accent marks and other symbols that create new sounds or letters, such as á, ö, ñ, ç.

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Once you have found your desired character, select it to insert the character into the word or phrase.
 

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If you cannot find a certain letter or symbol, please press the Shift key to access additional characters.

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Entering your answer

Once you have finished typing your answer in the white box, you will want to hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard or the "green check mark/orange X" key on the virtual keyboard in the program to submit your answer.

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It is important to note that you do not want to click the icon with two arrows in the bottom corner of the photo because this will advance you to the next photo and not accept your answer, regardless of if it was correct or incorrect!

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It is also important to note that when you are typing sentences, the program may be case sensitive and you will want to use the proper case on relevant letters and punctuate your sentences.

Note: If you keep getting answers wrong, double check that the spelling and punctuation is correct, or click the show answers button to help identify any mistakes you have made.

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Half form characters in the Hindi program

Rosetta Stone's Hindi typing exercises require the creation of half-form characters. In most cases you can create a half-form by typing the full-form character followed by the character highlighted in the image below.

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Sometimes the half-form will not appear until after you type the next full character after the full-form character.

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Rosetta Stone Alphabet Feature


The alphabet feature allows you to view and listen to the characters of the language you are learning. The alphabet will be displayed on the left hand-side of the pop-up screen. After clicking a letter, it can be viewed by itself and in context of several words. You can hear the sound of the letter and the words by clicking the sound button.


To access your alphabet screen, click the question mark icon in the top-right corner of the screen, and select "Show Alphabet" or "Alphabet".  Depending on the version of the program you have, you should see one of the following screens:


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Language Level Descriptions


Rosetta Stone® features three or five levels of Language Training depending on the language:

Level 1: This level helps to build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure.  Vocabulary and skills include: 

  • Greetings and Introductions
  • Simple questions and answers
  • Shopping
  • Listening comprehension skills
  • Basic reading and writing skills

Level 2: This level allows learners to navigate their surroundings as they build on the vocabulary and essential language structure in Level 1.  Vocabulary and skills include:

  • Giving and getting directions
  • Using transportation
  • Telling time
  • Dining out
  • Enjoying basic social interactions
  • Working life
  • Academic subjects
  • Arts and culture
  • Past, present, and future tenses

Level 3: This level lets learners connect with the world around them by building on the language fundamentals and conversational skills they developed in Levels 1 and 2. Vocabulary and skills include:

  • Ideas and opinions
  • Feelings about everyday life
  • Interests
  • Work
  • Current events
  • Birth, marriage, death, and concerns related to one's health and body
  • Complementary terms indicating frequency, duration, and degree

Level 4: This level gives learners the opportunity to increase their understanding of the language as they build on their success in Levels 1, 2 & 3.   Vocabulary and skills include:

  • Navigating the workplace
  • Caring for health
  • Arranging repairs
  • Moving abroad
  • Driving
  • Planning adventures
  • Health and emotional states for themselves and others
  • Expressing personal taste in terms of material and sensory preferences.

Level 5: This level allows learners to develop command of the language as they refine the crucial communication skills acquired in Levels 1-4.  Vocabulary and skills include:

  • Emergency situations
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • The marketplace
  • Getting to know a neighborhood
  • Family and traditions
  • Celebrating success  
  • Volunteering
  • Express personal concerns, goals, and accomplishments
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