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Using Rosetta Stone To Learn Chinese

Does Using Rosetta Stone To Learn Chinese Really Work?

Rosetta Stone was the brain child of Allen Stolzfus in search of a better way to learn languages. The Rosetta Stone core principle is immersion into the language itself. Stolzus created Rosetta Stone, naming it after the famed artifact that unlocked secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphic language for linguists.  Rosetta Stone software is currently in use around the world, and millions of users are using it to unlock language learning. Today, Rosetta Stone offers language learning solutions for about 30 languages in more than 150 countries around the world including Rosetta Stone Mandarin.

The success of Rosetta Stone lies in the natural teaching methods adopted. Languages are taught without translation, memorization or grammar drills.  Language teaching is based purely on the Dynamic Immersion method; native language speakers and thousands of real-life images help to develop the student’s proficiency in language skills. The Rosetta Stone language learning software is considered the best in the world.

Rosetta Stone offers language course instruction in over 30 languages, including Mandarin Chinese.  The program is used by NASA, US State Department, Fortune 500 companies, approximately 10,000 schools and 5 million people globally.

Rosetta Stone Mandarin language instructions are in CD-ROM format, divided into three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Rosetta Stone Chinese Level 1

This level focuses on building a basic Chinese vocabulary and the essential structure of the language. Basic conversational skills, greetings, introductions, questions and answers make up the beginner level of the course.  This is perhaps the most useful level for students of Mandarin Chinese wish to get the basics out of the way and learn Chinese fast.  Using Rosetta Stone Mandarin to get a general feel for the Chinese language and learning a few basic phrases and greetings can be quite useful and perhaps allow you to skip a first basic classroom course in Chinese.  Read the full article on the benefits and disadvantages of Studying Mandarin Chinese with Rosetta Stone.

Learning A Second Language Improves Your Life And Your Business

Language Learning and Globalization

As our world become more and more globalized, we continue to find that the more cultured we become, the better we can serve our customers or market towards new customers. Especially in areas with a fast growing Spanish speaking population, Spanish is a great language to learn in the U.S.  If you’re focused on international business, Mandarin Chinese might be your best bet.  If you’ve tried to get started learning a new language but didn’t meet your goals or become fluent, then you might just need an extra push of motivation and understanding of the benefits and process (the process itself is beneficial). This blog intends to further explain the benefits of learning a second language and how it help you grow your business and connection to humanity in general.

Bilingualism Improves Your Personal Experience

The greatest and most obvious benefit of learning a language like Chinese would have to be the greater connection you gain to humanity and the greater understanding you obtain of the human experience. Not only can you connect to more people who speak that language where you live, but you can benefit from the beauty of literature in another language, and connect more with people when you travel abroad. All of this will lead to a greater appreciation for another culture and an overall appreciation for humanity.

Improve Your Workplace Experience

Obviously, one of the benefits of being bilingual in the workplace or your business market is that it gives you an advantage against your competitors. This is a rather simple yet dramatic difference between companies that offer the same service. Not only will it give you an advantage against your competitors but it will help you build your business in new and different directions the more you try to grow and meet the expectations of your market. You’re literally connecting cultures and globalizing the world when you market to people who speak different languages.

Improves Your Brain’s Performance and Health

Think of learning a new language as exercising a muscle. The more you work on it, the more it expands and become flexible. Researchers have found that people who know more than one language can generally solve complex problems more quickly. They have also found that bilinguals generally outperform monolinguals in both verbal and nonverbal tests of intelligence. In my experience learning a new language, it’s taught me how to reassociate with ideas, people, things. From flowers to animals, to flags, to how I perceive the notion of love. Developing new ways to represent the way we experience the world in our minds is perhaps one of the most expansive activities a person can work towards. Why do you think poets are usually also highly spiritual people?

Learning A Language Teaches You Life Lessons

The process of obtaining skills is different for everyone. Some people can leach onto a new language like Mandarin and take off with it, while others have to wait until they’ve totally been immersed in the experience to truly gain the skill. However you decide to start learning a language, it will require commitment, perseverance, hard work and patience. There are programs that make it easier than just reading a book by yourself, so explore all of your options but remember that the process will teach you just as much as the goal. Learning how to persevere, commit, work hard, and wait patiently are about as helpful a group of skills as being able to speak another language. It’s all good for you and your business. Goodluck!

Dr. Hershel E Grafton is a writer and world traveler currently living in Paraguay. He is fluent in Spanish, Chinese, Thai and Lao.

Business Languages To Learn

Most Important Business Languages To Learn

As a business person, you know there is a very high possibility that you will need to conduct business with a person or company that is located in another country. Because of this, it’s a great idea to learn a second language that will help you be a better business person.

There are certain languages that are already a popular choice when it comes to learning the language for business, such as Mandarin Chinese, but there are also plenty of up and coming languages that will be the perfect choice to learn for business.

Portuguese

Brazil is constantly rising as a business powerhouse, Portuguese is one of the best languages to learn for business. Brazil has recently created plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs to start their business. Plus, Portuguese is a great choice because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn, especially if you have experience in romance languages. And with many businesses starting to broaden their reach to Brazil, being fluent in Portuguese can be a great way to boost your resume or to even start your own business.

Russian

If your business involves engineering or science, then you’ll want to broaden your Russian tongue. Many businesses that focus on science and engineering outsource plenty of their business to Russia, and knowing the language can make you a great candidate for the job of your dreams.

French

Most people think of French as only being useful for reading some great literature or swooning a new love interest. But French is actually beneficial for business too, not just your love life. According to a recent study, 68 million people in the world speak French, and it is considered the official language in more than 20 countries. So if you do business with France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland or Haiti, then French would be a great language for you to learn in order to communicate effectively.

Arabic

There are over 220 million people in the world who speak Arabic, making it a great choice for a business language. Countries like Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Libya use Arabic as their official language, and since plenty of these countries are used for outsourcing or are up and coming when it comes to business development, Arabic can help you boost your career.

German

Germany tends to have some great economic success, and many business have German ties that require plenty of back and forth communications. If you’ve had an interest in learning German, then it could be a great language for you to learn to boost your career. And if you are working for a company that has ties with Germany, knowing the language could add some money to your paycheck.

Plenty of businesses are building partnerships with businesses in other countries, and this is why it’s a good idea for business people to learn additional languages. While Japanese and Mandarin Chinese tend to be the most popular, Portuguese, Russian, French, Arabic and German are also great up and coming choices to choose.

My name is Lisa Carter,as an MBA student I had the opportunity to learn Chinese online. My corporate path has allowed me to further my education by learning several languages. Some have proved more useful than others.

5 Must Have Foreign Language Apps

Foreign Language Apps For Going Abroad

If you’re planning to go abroad this summer, there are a several things you simply can’t do without. One more must-have that you might not have thought of is foreign language apps. Stick them on your smartphone, and wherever you go, you can be sure you’ll never find yourself in a tight spot.

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A little knowledge goes a long way, and a foreign language app can make the difference between a great holiday and a stressful one. Ultra-low priced apps that take up no space in your suitcase, here’s five must-have foreign language smartphone apps to download before you set off.

Google Translate

One of the most widely used desktop-based language translators, Google Translate is also available for download and use via your smartphone. Its free price is one major positive for the app, as is its ability to translate a whopping 57 different languages, including Mandarin Chinese.

This means that wherever you are planning to go, the chances are that the native language will be covered by Google Translate. There is also a steadily improving speech translator for the app, meaning that not only will you know what to say, but how to say it too. This can be particularly handy with character languages such as Chinese and Japanese.

Word Lens

Word Lens, produced by Quest Visual, is one of the most cutting edge apps available for smartphones. It is a printed word reader, which allows you to take pictures of signs and written instructions, then change them to your native language.

This really is one of the most impressive language apps available on the market today, as you can translate words in real time. It’s great for getting out of tight spots in places such as train stations and cities. One slight drawback is that separate language packs must be bought for it.

MyLanguage Translator Pro

This program is another extremely popular smartphone app to improve your foreign language skills. There is a free version (with adverts) available, and all translations are uploaded by foreign language professionals.

This method means that the translations are often much more accurate than other apps which merely translate via dictionary form and can come up with some fairly surprising results. There are also many obscure languages such as Afrikaans and Albanian stored in the app.

Speechtrans

Speechtrans is another extremely powerful translation tool which allows the user to record up to one minute’s worth of speech and then translate it into a different language. This is extremely useful for things such as business language training.

Speaking into the microphone allows for an easy translation of up to 11 different languages in total. Whilst it can be used to translate a foreign language into your own, it can also be used the other way around. If you’re planning to dazzle someone with your knowledge, Speechtrans is a great app to choose.

Jibbigo English/Spanish Speech Translator

A lot cheaper than the Speechtrans app, Jibbigo is able to hop between translation of English and Spanish without the need for an Internet connection. The speech input section of the app adapts to your voice and is fairly successful in erasing any accentual irregularities and delivering an accurate translation of your voice. And remember, Spanish is a language which is not only spoken in Spain, but in much of South America too.

Image Credit – zinjixmaggir from Flickr

Author Bio | Amie is a writer and blogger, who works on behalf of sites like Linguarama – Business English Training.  In her spare time she enjoys developing her foreign language skills by traveling and visiting different countries.

The Jiaozi Revolution – Is It Coming?

A Jiaozi Revolution

It was hoped by some that a relatively non-violent revolution on the order of Egypt and Tunisia might have happened in China this past month.  Unfortunately, the Jasmine Revolution failed to materialized due, in large part, to a well organized crackdown by Beijing.  However, the failure of the so-called Jasmine Revolution may have set the stage for revolution on an entirely different order of magnitude – the Jiaozi Revolution.

China’s political masters might have made some accommodation with the people in a Jasmine revolution.  In the coming Jiaozi Revolution, that just won’t be possible.  A Jasmine revolution might have smelled fairly sweet.  When the Jiaozi Revolution occurs it won’t be pretty and it won’t smell sweet.  Read more here about the Jiaozi Revolution.

Formosa – Taiwan

Formosa – The Beautiful Island Now Known As Taiwan

Originally named Formosa, or beautiful island, by the Portuguese, the island of Taiwan is a popular travel destination for business travelers, tourists and students of Mandarin Chinese.  Taiwan is remarkable for everything from its booming industry to its ancient culture. Although Taiwan is less than 14,000 square miles in area, it is home to over 22 million people. Modern Taiwan is defined by the exodus of mainland Chinese citizens to the island following the Communist revolution of China over 50 years ago. Although the government of Taiwan claims to be the legitimate government of mainland China, the world still recognizes the mainland government as the legitimate authority.

Political struggles aside, the island and people of Taiwan are definitely worth experiencing. Travelers to Formosa or Taiwan who seek a contrast between traditional Asian culture and modern Asian development need look no farther than Taiwan to satisfy their traveling needs.  Formosa was an apt name for the beautiful island that is Taiwan.  Although the modern city and attractions of Taipei capture a lot of attention, Taiwan has natural wonders such as Sun Moon Lake, the bamboo forests of Alishan, natural hot springs, beaches, surfing and more.  Learn more about Taiwan, places to visit and things to see during your stay on our Introduction To Taiwan page.