My husband and I are researching various language programs to teach our children Spanish. This would be used by children from 9 years old to 17.
Rosetta Stone is very expensive. The most economical way to buy it is the buy all five "courses" but that costs around $575. You can buy level one for about $200, then add each level for about $100-$150 each, the more you buy, the cheaper it is per level, the most economical was to purchase is to buy it all at once. It comes with a six month full-refund guarantee, but I haven't researched how that refund process works. And of course, I've read mixed reviews about the program itself. Most of these reviews are on Amazon.com, so you have to wonder about the sources of the glowing reviews as well as the negative reviews. Competing programs may very well post some of the negative reviews, and Rosetta Stone employees might post some of the positive ones. Who can possibly know?
If you have tried Rosetta Stone, what is your experience? Have your children used it (for enrichment or for homeschool) successfully? Does it hold their interest? Are they able to speak or understand the language? Or has another computer based program worked better for your family? How many levels of RS did you buy? Are your children learning grammar as well? Was this the best decision for your situation. Is it a good value? Any regrets? If you could do it all over again, would you choose Rosetta Stone?
Thank you for your replies, I really need objective opinions about this software, pros and cons.