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Learning a new language made easy

Learning a new language made easy Dec 27th, 2011 at 3:00PM: If learning a new language is on your list of things to do, there are several products out there to help make that happen. The trick seems to be finding one that will work for each individual and some are a better fit than others. Back in 2007 Gadling's Jamie Rhein introduced us to Rosetta Stone, an interactive computer software program that has been proven effective even in elementary school...

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, "Can you write this down for me?" in 10 languages

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, May 5th, 2011 at 1:00PM: A post written by Chris on Tuesday reminded me of this little language series I started in March. In "Ten things Ugly Americans need to know before visiting a foreign land," Chris recommended brushing up on the local language. He joked about dashing around Venice clutching his concierge's handwritten note, "Do you have 220/110 plug converters for this stupid American who left his at home?" ...

On Celebrity Cruises X marks a change to on board experiences

On Celebrity Cruises X marks a change to on board experiences Feb 16th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Cruise lines continue to hack away at what we think of them. Pretty much burried are images of shuffleboard, bingo, and "just old folks" on the ships. Now, they are moving forward with intense new branding efforts that are making for clear choices between lines. It wasn't all that long ago that if your answer to "Where did you go on vacation?" was "on a cruise" that similar images, impressions...

Compromise over Rosetta Stone fight?

Compromise over Rosetta Stone fight? Dec 9th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Dr. Zahi Hawass, the head of Egyptian Antiquities Council, has offered a compromise in his battle with the British Museum over the return of the Rosetta Stone. The stone was discovered by French archaeologists in 1799 but went to the British Empire in 1801 as spoils of war after they ejected Napoleon from Egypt. It's one of the most important of ancient Egyptian artifacts because it has the same...

Rosetta Stone TOTALe - Can you really learn a language online?

Rosetta Stone TOTALe - Can you really learn a language online? Nov 3rd, 2009 at 3:00PM: Rosetta Stone contacted me and (full disclosure) sent me a free trial of their new Totale program. This online-based language learning system includes: Social networking capabilities Coach-led practice sessions Engaging language games and access to native speakers Encouragement from customer success agents But can you really learn a language online? This is what I set to find out,...

Rosetta Stone's Adams: World travelers should learn Spanish, Chinese

Rosetta Stone's Adams: World travelers should learn Spanish, Chinese May 1st, 2009 at 2:00PM: International travelers know what a formidable barrier a foreign language can be. From time to time, language spills over into the headlines - as it did last week when Fidel Castro insisted his brother's comments about political reform in Cuba were "misunderstood." Tom Adams knows about language barriers and how to overcome them. He's the chief executive of Rosetta Stone. Yeah, the company with...

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