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Subject: Foreign Languages
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 1:39 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Where is the best place to find good books to teach your child a foreign language.  Approximately grades 2nd and 5th?  I do not homeschool but I like to supplement my children's education.  Especially with the move here.  The schools are so not up to standard.  Thank you for any help that you can give me.



Last Edited on: 9/30/07 5:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 1:49 PM ET
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Hi Celeste! 

I would suggest checking with your local library and seeing if they offer Rosetta Stone.  Many libraries are now offering for FREE use of Rosetta Stone via their websites, with just your library card.  Worth checking out.  :)

Good luck!

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:27 PM ET
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I second Rosetta Stone. Also, there are a few ways to get RS for free. One is if you or your husband (?) is in the Army. :D Library is another.

AN FYI....I've heard Muzzy is boring for kids, so I wouldn't do Muzzy.

 

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 8:59 PM ET
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The Chattanooga Library in Tennesee offers a distance library card for 30.00 a year.  There are about 30 Rosetta Stone languages and other resources that go with that.  We got that, but then our library started offering it for free, so now we don't have to pay!  yea!

Know that if you BUY Rosetta Stone, they won't let you sell it, or give it away.  They say they are selling you a nontransferrable license and NOT actual software.  UG.  I found that out after paying 300.00 for their Latin course.  I'll never buy another thing from them myself!  But, their product does work and is good.

I have a child really good at languages, so he is taking Japanese, Spanish, AND Latin.  We use Rosetta Stone for all of them, but in addition, IRRASHAI for Japanese - online, free........and also United Streamings Spanish lessons. 

United Streaming is free in a lot of states, so check with them to see if it is free in yours.  I know it is in Georgia, and it used to be in NY, maybe still is.  I'm only really sure about Georgia.  IF it IS NOT, get a 10.00 a month Cosmeo subscription - Cosmeo uses all the United Streaming videos for its video content.

Here ya go!

http://66.110.202.42/peachstar/irasshai/homepg.htm  Irrashai

http://www.lib.chattanooga.gov/  Library where through mail you can get a card for 30.00 a year

http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm  United Streaming

http://www.cosmeo.com/welcome/index.html?CFID=3999669&CFTOKEN=79753228  cosmeo (Free trial month)

www.textkit.com  Latin and Greek - free textbooks, email vocabulary, ect.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 11:45 PM ET
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Carole, Michelle Kristi...thank you all for the great ideas and links.  I will check out each and every one of them.  This is exciting!!  I can't wait to check out all of the links.  Have a great evening...Celeste

 

 

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 8:34 PM ET
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If you go to Links for Schooling (below) and then select Free or Low Cost resources, I have information on getting Rosetta Stone access via the internet for about $35 a year.   We are using this ourselves and really enjoying it. 

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 9:43 AM ET
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Excellent resources, Kristi. One of my boys wants to learn Japanese and I didn't want to spend a lot of money if he decides after two months or so that he has changed his mind. For $30 he can see if he likes it or not.

Michele