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Examples of Dialects
Think of dialects as more than just accents. They’re actually made up of a combination of accents, vocabulary, and grammar.
As an example in English, while someone from New Jersey might say, “We’re headed down the shore.” Most Americans would instead say, “We’re going to the beach.” Both expressions are English and mean exactly the same thing, but the vocabulary and grammar are entirely distinct. As another example, while “quatre-vingts” (four twenties) is how to say eighty in the French of France, Belgian French speakers say “octante” (eighty) in order to say the number eighty. Not only do they have a different word entirely, but their accent is distinct from virtually all Frenchmen. And if you tried to say “octante” on a vacation in Paris, odds are you’ll get a funny look or a laugh.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. What makes this approach effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.
How Rosetta Stone Can Help
Learning a language can be an experience that transforms your life. Not only does it open you to a world full of both professional and personal possibilities, but it also expands your thinking and can prime your confidence. As technology shrinks our world and we become members of a global community, the ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed.
Perhaps you’ve hesitated to learn a new language because you’re worried about the time commitment. Or maybe you’ve heard it’s more difficult to learn a language as an adult. Set these common misconceptions about learning languages aside, because research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practise—building confidence through speaking and contextualising your learning.
After you decide on which language to learn and begin to pick up the basics, developing accurate pronunciation depends on getting immediate feedback. Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation right in a snap with our patented TruAccent™ speech engine, which instantly compares your voice to native and non-native speakers, so you get real-time feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. This feedback will help you to make needed corrections to your pronunciation. Then you can practise until your mouth is able to readily shape the sounds that make up the language. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune your accent. TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak virtually any language.
After beginners have acquired basic words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, it will be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way, teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood with confidence.
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Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation.
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.