For today’s Friday Sound-Off I would like to get your opinion on something that should be of interest to most travel enthusiasts. That topic is learning another language, and which tools that are available are the most successful. There are a variety of tools that are available for purchase or for free, and all have their share of supporters and detractors.
Like your average American, I have had some language training in junior high, high school, and college, but I only know enough to not be completely lost when listening to others speak. When I try and speak Spanish, it takes me a bit of time to articulate my thoughts and I often make mistakes in my word use and pronunciation.
With an upcoming trip to Peru and Ecuador this fall, I would really like to brush up on my Spanish. I think this is a perfect opportunity to hone a skill that I have been meaning to improve for years, but have never found the time for. I am sure there are plenty of other people out there would are in the same boat as me, so I thought this would be a great topic of discussion.
PC Reviews does an outstanding job of reviewing each of these providers, which I have listed below. If you have any thoughts or opinions on any of these tools, I would really love to hear from you. I am sure you would be doing plenty of others who are reading a great service as well.
- Rosetta Stone – $169.99 for 12 Months Online Subscription
- Simon & Schuster Pimsleur Comprehensive – $99.95 for 30 MP3 Audio Lessons Plus Cultural Notes
- Rocket Languages – $99 for Level 1-2 Online Access; Approx. 66 Lessons
- Fluenz – Request quote for Levels 1 and 2, Plus 2 Years Online Access
- Living Language Platinum – Request quote for 12 Months Online Access, 12 Live E-Tutoring Sessions, 3 books, and 9 Audio CDs
- Babbel – $12.95 for 12 Months Online Access
- Yabla – $9.95 for 1 Month Online Access
- Duolingo – No charge for Online Access to All Language Programs
- Transparent Language Online – $199.95 for 12 Months Online Access