Teaching Aids - Language
RosettaStone rosettastone.com offers Totale a $1,000 product that includes RosettaCourse, a traditional lesson-based module; RosettaStudio, a place where a user can talk to a native speaker via video chat; and RosettaWorld, an online community where you can play language-related games.
Louisiana: Rosetta Stone Inc. has released the Chitimacha language software used exclusively by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. The last fluent Chitimacha speaker died in 1940, but the tribe is trying to revive its language. The Chitimacha Tribe owns exclusive distribution rights to the Chitimacha language software.
TellMeMore tellmemore.com charges $390 for a year's access to its resources for six languages; those looking for a quick refresher can buy a $10 daily pass. Weekly, monthly and half-year passes are also available. Software not only teaches words and phrases, but includes a speech recognition component that analyses pronunciation, presents a graph of speech, and suggests how to perfect it. Other videos show students how to shape their mouths to create sounds difficult for native English speakers, like the rolling R in Spanish.
Livemocha livemocha.com, a two-year-old Web start-up, offers free basic lessons in 30 languages. Users can upgrade to advanced courses with additional features on a monthly or six-month basis. For $20 a month, students can submit up to eight voice recordings to a native-speaking tutor, who will then review and make recommendations for improvement within 24 hours. For $70 every six months, students can submit up to two examples a lesson.
The British Broadcasting Service bbc.com/languages offers varying levels of instruction for 36 languages, with features including audio and video playback and translation.
The German television network, Deutsche Welle, http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,2547,00.html