Episode 8: Episode 6: I'm Not Dead Yet, So I'd Like to Keep Learning

<p>In Episode 6 of the podcast, I’m talking to an everyday language learner. My longest-standing student Randy is our guest, and he talks about what it’s like to become a language person later in life and one tool that got him right through his first 6 months of learning: <a href="http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/languages?CID=af-cj-yy-7594833">Rosetta Stone</a>.</p>

<h2 id="reviewpodcastforrosettastoneadvanced">Review Podcast for Rosetta Stone Advanced</h2>

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<p>Randy and I have both been trying Rosetta Stone to test their new system, Rosetta Stone Advanced, and we decided to record our verdicts in a podcast for all of you.</p>

<p>So in this episode, you will hear all about:</p>

<ul>
<li>The one event in Germany that motivated this all-American guy to start learning a foreign language</li>
<li>How Randy balances his busy career as a lawyer, his family life and his commitment to studying German every day</li>
<li>What starting a language at age 57 is REALLY like</li>
</ul>

<blockquote>
<p>“I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I could understand a little bit of this?’”</p>
</blockquote>

<ul>
<li>How the basic immersion system in Rosetta Stone works, and how we think the new online system is much improved</li>
<li>The most important differences between Rosetta Stone and Duolingo</li>
<li>What impressed me most about the system -- and where Randy sees the main drawback (say grammar and vocabulary!)</li>
<li>How to break through plateaus and come back for more practice again and again</li>
</ul>

<blockquote>
<p>“The answer is that I’m gonna gradually just get a little better as I do the work.”</p>
</blockquote>

<ul>
<li>How Randy committed to studying every single day in his first 6 months of learning German</li>
<li>The little frustrating things that everyone feels — and how to get over them!</li>
</ul>

<blockquote>
<p>“Under the theory that I’m not dead yet, I’d like to keep learning”</p>
</blockquote>

<h2 id="randystop3tipsforlanguagelearning">Randy’s Top 3 Tips for Language Learning</h2>

<p>These tips are really simple: Be patient and committed, try out lots of methods until you find the right one for you, and don’t be afraid!</p>

<p>If you have enjoyed our discussion of the Rosetta Stone system and would like to try it out for yourself, here are some fabulous special offers for UK and US readers.</p>

<h1 id="importantlinksforepisode6">Important Links for Episode 6</h1>

<p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jul/17/what-makes-a-language-a... Makes a Language Attractive? in the UK Guardian</a></p>

<p><a href="http://amzn.to/1twuF7g">Through the Language Glass, book by Guy Deutscher on Amazon UK</a></p>

<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_xUIDRxdmc">What German Sounds Like Compared to Other Languages on Youtube</a></p>

<p><a href="http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/languages?CID=af-cj-yy-7594833">Free Trial on Rosetta Stone Europe</a></p>

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