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Nothing is more romantic than taking international trips and embracing new experiences with someone close to your heart, or sparking up a new love affair while traveling abroad. So start speaking the language of love this Valentine’s Day with up to 59% off a Rosetta Stone subscription with promo code CNN10.
Rosetta Stone pioneered computer-based language learning — and making love connections — in the 1990s, and it’s been refining its process ever since. (You might even recall the iconic ads from the late 2000s about a certain hardworking farm boy and an Italian supermodel.) After all, there’s a reason why past clients include NASA and the U.S. State Department.
But if you haven’t checked out Rosetta Stone’s program in a while, it’s worth another look. On top of this Valentine’s Day deal, the recently updated mobile app is a breeze to use and perfect for the frequent traveler or study-abroad student.
First, Rosetta Stone’s many features make it easy to learn on the fly. No hot spot or international data plan? No problem. You can download your lessons and take them with you wherever you go. It’s a handy way to get a lesson in between subway stops on the way to work or while you’re in-flight to your next destination. One caveat: We’ve found the TruAccent technology — in which you speak into the microphone, and the app evaluates your pronunciation — works much better when you’re on Wi-Fi or using cellular data.
And it’s a relief that Rosetta Stone makes it clear at the start how long each lesson will take. (The core lessons take about 10 minutes.) It’s a small detail, but we like being able to sneak in a lesson while in line at the store or waiting at for a friend at a restaurant without worrying about what we’re getting ourselves into.
Plus, Rosetta Stone’s Phrasebook feature is ideal for travelers who need language help in real time. You get a comprehensive selection of the most common and useful phrases, all pronounced by a native speaker. Gone are the days of flipping through the pages of your Lonely Planet guide, desperate to figure out how to say “Where’s the bathroom?” Plus, you can practice saying phrases into the app, and a meter on the screen fills up to show you how well you did (or didn’t do).
Other apps tend to emphasize translations between your native language and the one you’re learning; Rosetta Stone’s approach is different. With its immersion method, there’s virtually no translation. Instead, you learn the way a child learns, through gradually introduced sights and sounds, which then quickly moves on to words, sentences, conversations and concepts. While this method can feel a little bewildering at first, we’ve found that it leads to more depth and fluency in the long run.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that you can choose from at least 30 languages. While that’s a number comparable to other programs, it’s worth noting the amount of non-Latin script, non-European languages Rosetta Stone has to offer — something competitors are still struggling to bring to market. If you’re looking for Middle Eastern or Asian languages like Urdu or Indonesian, Rosetta Stone might be your best bet.
All that being said, the traditional sticking point for Rosetta Stone has been the price. But in addition to the current promotion, the company does offer student and military discounts, along with the download/CD-ROM version of the program, as opposed to the online only subscription.
We prefer the 3-month subscription — that’s the plan that’s seeing the steepest discount, and three months is just enough time to get you into the basics of a language and give you a good sense of whether you want to go further. To take advantage of any of the discounts, use promo code CNN10, and receive:
- 59% off the 3-month subscription
- over 50% off the 12-month subscription
- over 45% off the 24-month subscription
- and 40% off the Lifetime subscription
Regardless of whether you opt for three months, 12 months, 24 months or a lifetime of access, you’ll be getting 200+ hours of content.
Of course, there’s no one way to learn a language, but Rosetta Stone’s long history of dependability and innovation is a sure bet. So take advantage of this latest Valentine’s Day offer, and fall in love with a new language now.
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