I’ve always been somewhat of an autodidact, and I’m hoping that Rosetta Stone will appeal to my atypical learning style.
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It’s sort of like astrology based on science.
I had heard of Rosetta Stone previously, but I was particularly fascinated to find a Rosetta Stone kiosk at the airport in Baltimore (BWI) on my way home from the EMS Today conference earlier this month. I took some pictures of the kiosk which I can’t seem to find right now, but I will post them to the blog soon.
If it seems strange to you that I would photograph a software kiosk, you should know that I also took several pictures when I redeemed 7072 pennies in a Coinstar kiosk at the neighborhood Bi-Lo last month.
Then I visited my parents in Florida last week. One of the reasons I drove down was help create a DVD for my grandmother’s 100th birthday. My grandmother (we call her “grandmama”) is French Canadian and has a French accent. In fact my father was born in Quebec and moved to the United States when he was only 4 years old, so he spoke French before he spoke English.
After several glasses of red wine, I found myself singing O Canada in French with my Dad at the kitchen table for the video. Actually, it was the bilingual version so only the second verse was in French. Regardless, I realized that the French language is part of my heritage, and if I hurry, I might actually be able to speak French to my grandmother at her 100th birthday party. To me that’s worth $599.00.
Speaking of O Canada (with the understanding that some of you may still be sensitive about our loss to Canada in the Olympics) here is a really cool video I found on YouTube. Apparently it’s the old “sign-off” from CBC-TV.
Anyway, since I’m going through the trouble of performing this experiment, I decided to blog about it. According to some of the reviews I’ve read, it’s possible to become fluent in about 2 1/2 months. If it really works, my plan is to order Latin American Spanish.
Wish me luck! Or should I say, “Bon chance!”