A few udates!

Since I’ve been back from vacation (almost a month now), I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with my Korean studies. The first nearly two weeks I didn’t touch Rosetta Stone, or any of my other materials because I was just too busy ramping up production for the current season. However, I did have a plan.

My original goal for the past term was to complete all of Level 1 during the 16 weeks of the semester. That seemed quite a reasonable goal. Each unit has 4 lessons. There are 4 weeks in a month. The math seemed perfect. I was the faulty part in the equation. I made it through Unit 3, Lesson 3. Once I got back, I opted to review what I had learned by going over the Adaptive Recall strategies and vocabulary units. Today was my first day learning all new material. This is how I fared:

It’s not what I hoped for, since I try to stay above the 95% mark. I made several stupid mistakes, but some of the errors stemmed from Rosetta Stone introducing two new vocabulary words and me not knowing which one to go with. Essentially giving me a 50/50 chance of getting the answer right.

The other evening I also set up the GoPro to test out the time-lapse feature. It was the first time I used this particular model for this purpose. The film was shot over 86 minutes while I left the apartment to get some dinner for Jo and I. I chose an interval of 5 seconds for the pictures, and I think for this short of film it was too much. Ever 2 seconds would have been better.

Rosetta Stone Sponsors the QiRanger.com Year-End Contest

December has rolled around once more, meaning that the end of the year is quickly approaching, and what better celebrate that fact than with a contest. This time, I’ve gone all out and secured an awesome sponsor: Rosetta Stone.

If you’re not familiar with Rosetta Stone, you should. They are the premiere language software learning company. I’ve used them to learn Indonesian, Tagalog, and Korean. In fact, Rosetta Stone can help you learn more than 30 languages.

The current list of languages available from Rosetta Stone.

For this contest, Rosetta Stone has agreed to give one lucky winner a Level 1 software package of their choice! That’s a $179US value! If you’re thinking about coming to Korea, you’re all set! Going to France? You’re set! Want to visit the bush in Africa? Rosetta Stone can teach you Swahili!

Entering the contest is easy; just watch this video:

So there you have it! The contest is open now through December 16th (Korean Time). Simply attach a video response to the YouTube video stating what language you’d like to learn and why. Since the YouTube system seems to be going through some issues right now, you can also upload your video to YouTube and then email the URL of your video. You can enter as many times as you’d like and for as many different languages as you’d like. Once the contest closes, I’ll use Random.org to select one entry as the winner. I’ll contact that person through the YouTube message system to notify them and ask for their personal email address. I’ll then pass that along to Rosetta Stone so they can ship your winning prize directly to you!

I hope you’re as excited as I am about this contest. I’d like to offer up a huge thank you to Rosetta Stone for sponsoring the prize. Please be sure to spread the word and video around. The more people that know about the contest and participate means that I can work with more companies in the future and get some even more amazing prizes!

While only one person can win, I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you have fun with your video responses!

Here’s something that should put a smile on your face as well!




Yesterday, I started my first day of formalized and structured learning of the Korean language. Yes, I have been in Korea for some time and have managed to pick up reading Hangul (한글), but not at the pace or in a way that really means something to me. So I did what I always do… turn to my friends at Rosetta Stone and purchased the learning software.

Over the years, I’ve used Version 1 and Version 2 software packages, but this is my first time with the new and improved system. I can honestly say that it is amazing to see how far they have come in the past few years.

What makes this system so much more impressive than the past two, is how the lessons are built. Previously, I found them quite boring (although they were effective). This time, all the elements are present and it makes for quite a challenging hour of instruction. However, I did run into one problem.

During the pronunciation phase of the lesson, I was to replicate the syllable 수, which sounds like “soo” or “su”. No matter what I did, the computer wouldn’t recognize my speech and I was left staring at the computer, jaw agape. I’m hoping that today’s efforts will be greatly improved and that over the course of this week, I’ll be able to master Lesson 1.

The course is somewhat different than those in the past, in that each Level is broken down into four units, with four lessons each. My current plan is to spend a week on each lesson and compete one Unit a month. This should see me competing Level 1 in January with a mastery proficiency.


A video story...

A video story...

It’s been said that the moment we cease to learn… we die. I’m not sure that statement is really true, but I usually feel stagnant if I am not challenging myself by learning something new. So this past week, I decided to buckle up and start learning languages again.

Now, I’ve taken up learning Tagalog/Filipino and will be learning Chinese soon as well. I had tried to use a text book, but without a guided structure to really hit home the facts, I found myself lacking in progression.

So I bucked up and plopped down the cold hard credit card and bough a 6-month subscription to Rosetta Stone. It’s money well spent. I’ve used other computer-based learning programs and audio CDs, but nothing gets you up and running faster than Rosetta Stone. In fact, I hope I can keep up my current pace, for I will be able to finish both levels before my subscription expires.

I was actually torn between ordering the computer program vs. on-line service, since once you cancel the subscription, you never have access to the learning again. But looking back to how often I’ve gone back to the Rosetta Stone software I bought two years ago, I figured the on-line system would be all right, especially since I can print off the student text and go back to it time and time again.

One of the unforeseen benefits of acquiring the on-line program has been access to the entire catalog of learning programs. Well, 3 lessons per language. I decided to pop into the Chinese one to see of the lessons. Rosetta has it broken down into romanized letters, old characters, and new characters.

Oy! That will be a challenge!