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    Learning another language

    After my most recent trip out of the country I have decided that I want to learn another language. I would like to learn Italian, French or Spanish.

    Has anyone else taught themselves another language? I have heard good things about Rosetta stone but it is a bit pricey for me.
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    You might be able to get Rosetta Stone at the library. We've also found similar systems at libraries too (like old versions of State Department language training programs.
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    It depends ona lot of things. My wife and I have been together for over 56 years and my German could (and has) gotten mein trouble. As hard as I tried I get to a point where it stops. I have been told, however if you are musically inclined, can read music, it is a snap. One of my wife's nephews girl friend ( about 15) speaks Russian, English, French, Spanish, and is studying Latin (and or course German) and speaks as a native. She wants to be a School Teacher in the lower grades of there version of Elementry School. Good luck.

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    I can't say one way or the other on Rosetta Stone. We got it in Spanish for the department, but the handful of people who have made any effort with it haven't made the effort to actually use the language on the street...

    And that's what I'd recommend for picking a language: pick one you'll be able to use and practice if you want to develop any real competence. It'll do you no good to go through the drills and motions on Rosetta Stone (or anything else) if you don't actually put it into practice somewhere.
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    I agree with Jks on choosing something you'll actually use. I had 4 years of Spanish in school, but street Spanish (much like street English) was more helpful on patrol. At one point, I was supposed to be moving to Greece & I started learning Greek via Rosetta Stone, plus some from my Greek friends. I like Rosetta Stone, but regardless of the program you use, you have to actually use the language & start thinking in that language for it to actually stick.
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    In an intense, week-long officer survival Spanish class, I learned the Spanish alphabet and how to pronounce the sounds in order to read Spanish. This was done so that we could continue to learn on our own from a book, flashcards, and tape provided by the instructor. From that I kept learning on my own using books. I got to the point where I could hold my own in police work in Spanish and I was able to communicate fairly well on a couple of trips to Cozumel. I would love to get Rosetta Stone and learn more because I can read and understand speech better than I can speak it. I just can't seem to remember vocabulary.
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    I have been pretty fortunate with my foreign language education. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and 3 semesters in college. It has defiantly helped me in corrections and law enforcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirdwatch View Post
    I have been pretty fortunate with my foreign language education. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and 3 semesters in college. It has defiantly helped me in corrections and law enforcement.
    It sure helped when we pulled the carload of Hispanics over and none of them spoke English until you busted out the Spanish!
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