Rosetta Stone launches latest language-learning version

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Arlington-based Rosetta Stone has released the latest version of its language-learning technology.

Version 4 TOTALe (pronounced tow-tally) adds an online immersion experience to Rosetta Stone’s current language-learning software, featuring interactive coaching sessions with native speakers.

Once users have participated in a series of lessons, they can practice online. Online opportunities include sessions led by native speakers that allow users to practice with other learners at their same level. The Rosetta World allows users to converse with native speakers and practice language skills in online games. The version also includes mobile applications for iPhone and iPod Touch devices that allow users to reinforce learning on the go. These can also be downloaded onto an audio CD.

“Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe integrates locally installed software with online socialization features, enabling learners to get the best of online and offline worlds,” Rosetta Stone CEO Tom Adams said in a statement.

Version 4TOTALe is available in 24 languages. The suggested retail price for a 5-level set of that includes 15 months of online access is $749. A Level 1 product, which includes three months of online access, will be priced at $249. Current Rosetta Stone customers can purchase an upgrade to the new version for $49.

Rosetta Stone’s learning method tries to mimic how children learn languages. The process includes no translation or memorization.

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