Expensive but worth it for beginner one-stop self study. Grammar, pronunciation and listening instruction are very good. There is less emphasis on reading at least in the beginning. I used a free app Kana Mind to learn the alphabets and that helps because Rosetta Stone shows you written Japanese along with most of the exercises but introduces the alphabets very slowly. I also had trouble at first with the speech recognition but speaking quickly helps a lot. Of course it is hard to speak quickly when learning a new language....
Very fun and easy to learn program. I like the various ways of instruction that actually gets me thinking in my new language. App has a hard time hearing me from time to time, that's the only reason it didn't get 5 stars.
I have the full pc version. It's great because I can sign in from different devices and it saves my progress. However, with the mobile it seems to have a hard time picking up my voice and it crashes or restarts saying "something went wrong ". I think part of that has to do with the Internet connection. I do love the lesson and am learning.
Rosetta helped me a lot with my Japanese. However, it has a problem picking up on me when I'm speaking. I've tried: changing the voice sensitivity, changing the voice type, speaking louder, speaking softer, speaking clearer, closing the app and starting it again, etc. But it's not working. Then, it crashes. It keeps saying, "something went wrong" and I have no idea what happened. This only happens when my comes to speaking, but that's extremely important for me and the way I learn. I'm not 100% how compatible Rosetta is with android after the update, so that might be why it isn't working. I love Rosetta, so I hate to give it such a low rating. But This is a problem that needs to be fixed. I'm going to keep trying on a personal level, but my experience with it right now isn't that great to be honest.
App is "free", but to learn the language, I have to shell out $200. What a ripoff. I like how rosette stone looks, but duolingo is cheaper. I mean, even though duolingo is free, I would pay like $10 a month to use rosetta stone. But who has $200 they can just drop on something like that??
I can feel my brain hurting straight away, and that's a good thing - it means something is going in! The speech recognition component had some problems at first, but seems fixed now, so good tech support too!
Improves stability of the app.