Episode 6: I'm Not Dead Yet, So I'd Like to Keep Learning

In Episode 6 of the podcast, I’m talking to an everyday language learner. My longest-standing student Randy is our guest, and he talks about what it’s like to become a language person later in life and one tool that got him right through his first 6 months of learning: Rosetta Stone.

Review Podcast for Rosetta Stone Advanced

Randy and I have both been trying Rosetta Stone to test their new system, Rosetta Stone Advanced, and we decided to record our verdicts in a podcast for all of you.

So in this episode, you will hear all about:

  • The one event in Germany that motivated this all-American guy to start learning a foreign language
  • How Randy balances his busy career as a lawyer, his family life and his commitment to studying German every day
  • What starting a language at age 57 is REALLY like

“I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I could understand a little bit of this?’”

  • How the basic immersion system in Rosetta Stone works, and how we think the new online system is much improved
  • The most important differences between Rosetta Stone and Duolingo
  • What impressed me most about the system -- and where Randy sees the main drawback (say grammar and vocabulary!)
  • How to break through plateaus and come back for more practice again and again

“The answer is that I’m gonna gradually just get a little better as I do the work.”

  • How Randy committed to studying every single day in his first 6 months of learning German
  • The little frustrating things that everyone feels — and how to get over them!

“Under the theory that I’m not dead yet, I’d like to keep learning”

Randy’s Top 3 Tips for Language Learning

These tips are really simple: Be patient and committed, try out lots of methods until you find the right one for you, and don’t be afraid!

If you have enjoyed our discussion of the Rosetta Stone system and would like to try it out for yourself, here are some fabulous special offers for UK and US readers.

Important Links for Episode 6

What Makes a Language Attractive? in the UK Guardian

Through the Language Glass, book by Guy Deutscher on Amazon UK

What German Sounds Like Compared to Other Languages on Youtube

Free Trial on Rosetta Stone Europe

Improve your English with this video and audio story

The world is full of English speakers and English learners, and we can safely say that English must be one of the most popular languages to learn. But if you are trying to learn the language, have you thought about the many forms of English that exist in the world? There are geographical English families, and the different languages of use: an engineer in India and a high school kid in Canada don't speak alike. You can read a really great introduction to them in David Crystal's book "A Guided Tour of the English Language", by the way. 



Every English is Natural English

So when I'm telling you that my contribution to the book "Learn Natural English Through Storytelling" (find it on amazon.com here, and amazon.co.uk here) is created in English, you know what to think. This is my own personal English, and it is my story that I am sharing with you. The way I spell and use words is personal, it is the language of a foreigner who has become at home in Northern England.

And because writing and reading are never the full extent of language use, you can now listen to me reading the story out loud as well. Don't forget that there are vocabulary lists and great exercises in the full book, and that you should also check out what else it contains: 

  • A rap from Fluency MC Jason Levine
  • A non-fiction story from  
  • A comic from Mau Buchler at tripppin.com
  • 4 more lovely stories representing English around the world

So here it is, this is what I sound like: 

Get the Book

All the contributors to this book are very proud, and there is so much more to it than only this little story. 

Sylvia Guinan is one of our authors, she's Irish and lives in Greece. Sylvia has written a really excellent review of the book on the Wiziq blog.  So if you know someone learning English, please go check it out and leave us a review too!