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Like most luxury items, Rosetta Stone trades on its high price and slick marketing to create a perception of quality. I think Rosetta Stone is a good, well-produced product. Actual language study is a messy thing, one that requires motivation, a diversity of approaches, and hard work. Rosetta Stone is well beyond the budget of many people who would like to learn a language, and its one-size-fits-all approach ignores the fact that different people learn in different ways, and at different rates.
Rosetta Stone also sells us the idea that achieving fluency can be easy if we just spend enough money and then let a computer program take responsibility for our learning. But achieving fluency is not easy! It requires dedication, enthusiasm, discipline, and several years of work a lot of which can be fun.
One of the most popular alternatives is the Pimsleur audio course. I got hooked on Pimsleur early in my Portuguese journey and ended up completing all 90 of the Pimsleur lessons. I found my increasing ability to say ever more complex things to be completely addictive and it kept me going through the whole course. But I acknowledge that everyone learns in a different way and may need different tools.
I think a method that is truly comprehensive should ideally integrate vocabulary learning, grammar practice, and all four modes of language communication: speaking, listening, reading, writing. But in reality, nothing like this exists; every method has strengths and deficiencies in these areas. See the Roadmaps page for some suggestions on creating a complete plan. Rosetta Stone comes in two forms, a very expensive software product that you install on your computer, and an online version that is cheaper but requires an internet connection.
The main weakness is that Rosetta Stone emphasizes the receptive modes of communication reading, listening over the productive modes speaking, writing.
However, I give RS credit for at least trying to incorporate all four modes, so I think it comes close to being Comprehensive. Pimsleur is an audio-only method consisting of 90 half-hour lessons that will theoretically take 3 months to complete, if you do one lesson roughly every day.
In my case, it actually took me 7 months because I ended up not doing them every day and had to repeat them occasionally. Unfortunately, there are a confusing number of different Pimsleur products out there.
The only difference between them is how many lessons each product contains — the lessons themselves are identical from product to product. You can also choose to study the European dialect, although unfortunately there are only 10 lessons offered. What Pimsleur has going for it is that rather than asking you to just memorize and repeat phrases like so many other courses, it actually prepares you for conversation by training you to quickly turn English thoughts into Portuguese speech.
Everything in Pismleur happens in the context of a mock conversation. You can try the first lesson for free on their website to get a feel for how it works. In each lesson new words are introduced. You are asked to use them in your responses, at first frequently, and then as you move them into long-term memory, less so. Paul Pimsleur developed it in the s. But I would suggest at least trying the first 5 lessons of Pimsleur. But it does require some teeth-gritting. Some people get hung up over the lack of reading practice in Pimsleur. Let me just say that language is at heart about stringing together sounds to produce meaning.
Reading and writing are just ways of manipulating symbols that stand in for the sounds.
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What is your mind doing when you read? When do you really know a word? When you recognize it by its sound, not by its visual transcription. What this means for language learning is that speaking and listening have to come first. Once the sounds are internalized, reading becomes a piece of cake. Of course, no one program is going to do it all.
No matter what you choose, you should round out your studying by using several different types of resources. But I still think Pimsleur offers the best value for the price. If you think of Pimsleur as your first gentle introduction to the language rather than a magic key to fluency, and if you have a well-rounded study regimen to make up for the shortcomings, then these disadvantages can all be easily overcome. On a final note, in winter Pimsleur released a new product called Pimsleur Unlimited, which is a software program clearly designed to compete with Rosetta Stone.
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It looks like this product will address many of the weaknesses I mentioned and turn Pimsleur into more of a comprehensive system, adding tools for reading and vocabulary learning. Unfortunately, it is only available for Spanish, French, German and Italian right now. I have no idea if they plan to release a Portuguese version, but I imagine that if the product turns out to be competitive, they will gradually roll out other languages.
I consider them one of the gold standard Portuguese programs on the web because of their focus on Portuguese as it is actually spoken in Brazilian cities.
There is so much material here at so many different levels that this could keep you occupied for a couple years at least. There are audio dialogs, written texts, exercises, spaced-repetition flashcards, wordbanks. I recommend signing up for their email list, because they have sales quite frequently.
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The Michel Thomas method is similar in approach to Pimsleur, but the teaching is more engaging, with more explanations in English since you are listening to a teacher instructing a live group of students there is very little explanation in Pimsleur. The explanations are interesting the first time around, but many people find them annoying when they re-listen to lessons.
This method encourages you to relax and let the teacher be responsible for your learning, which they do by using spaced repetition and prompts which are all rather similar to Pimsleur. On the other hand, you will have to listen to two other student learners which can be distracting. The same strengths and weaknesses I discussed with Pimsleur also apply to Michel Thomas.
There is no reading or writing practice. They are now in the public domain and are available on the internet as audio files accompanied by poorly scanned pdfs.
The courses are public domain and should be free. I know that many people swear by the FSI course for helping them achieve fluency, and obviously at one point it was good enough to train US diplomats to communicate well. Unit 48 seems to get into the subjunctive, which is fairly advanced. But having worked through a bit of the FSI Portuguese program, it seems to me like an outmoded way of learning that few people today would have the patience for. You have to continuously pause and unpause the audio, as if you were sitting in front of a tape recorder.
The course is very dry and teaches a pretty formal way of speaking, consistent with its intended audience.
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In addition to the courses mentioned above, there are a few other popular courses that try to be comprehensive. The two courses below are similar in their approach in that they use a book supplemented with spoken dialogs on a cd. They differ from regular textbooks in that they are designed for self-study rather than classroom use — this generally means more explanatory text in English, more written grammar exercises to provide opportunities to practice on paper, and more listening exercises, but few exercises based on group interaction or speech.
These courses could be a great option for those who prefer to study more from a book and are less concerned about conversational skills. There are several versions of this well-respected course available. In either case, make sure you are getting the most recent edition from This is a very reasonably priced course that consists of two books, Level 1 and 2, along with supplementary cds that contain spoken dialogs. The text can be a little dry and unengaging, moreso than the Teach Yourself book. At best it might be a good supplement to expand your vocabulary, or a gentle way to introduce yourself to the sound of the language by learning a few words and phrases.
In the early stages of my learning, I did successfully use Byki to learn a bunch of verbs and the names of things like vegetables, so it has its uses. Read my complete review of Duolingo. LingQ is less of a comprehensive language system than a tool designed to solve one specific problem. As you progress in learning a language, you eventually want to seek out reading material on the web that both challenges and interests you — newspaper articles, blog posts, etc.
This is a great way to introduce yourself to new vocabulary in real-world contexts. The problem is that every time you encounter an unfamiliar word, you must stop reading, look up the word either in a dictionary or online, perhaps write it down in a notebook, and return to your reading.
Then, you need some way of keeping track of the words you have looked up so you can review them later and eventually move them into your long-term memory.