After two levels of Rosetta Stone, I had to decide whether to buy the rest of the set, the remaining three levels. I decided instead to buy the entire Fluenz set instead, and this week I began an entirely new approach to the language.
I resisted Fluenz at first because the demo seemed slow-going. But RS’s total immersion concept left me wanting when the tasks got more complicated and my questions weren’t being answered. I began to see the value in having an electronic tutor, in this case Sonia Gil, explain things. If I had my druthers, I’d work with both programs, but RS is more expensive if you just buy the first two levels and decide later to add more.
I figured the first few lessons would be easy, but I actually got some things wrong in the quizzes, and learned a couple of words and concepts I didn’t get in all my RS work. The assignments have lots and lots of writing exercises, which is how I happen to learn best. Typing out words is the best way for me to commit something to memory.
I googled “Sonia Gil” and then found even more. Right now she happens to be posting YouTube clips from Yucatán! And they’re good ones, too! Take a look. She’s all dressed up when she’s in tutor mode, but she’s even cuter dressed down, a bandana around her head and hangin’ with the locals eating a sheep taco.