If you've ever wanted to learn a language but don't want to be tethered to a PC or stuck in some classroom, this might be your lucky day. Rosetta Course has just launched on Android, and you can try it out for free. You are welcome to choose from more than a dozen languages to explore, but only the first few lessons are available without paying up.

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Rosetta Course uses a combination of text, images, and speech to help you learn the ins and outs of a new language. The speech features should work on almost all devices, and those with a stylus can also do writing exercises. Rosetta incorporates additional speech recognition technology to assess your pronunciation as well.

The app's interface is a little chunky, and it won't suspend in the background very well. You'll have to restart the app when you're pulled away. I also don't see a way to buy the full course from within the app – not even a link. If you want to buy access, just head to the Rosetta site. Be warned, it's expensive – on the order of a few hundred dollars for a full course.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Phil Nolan

    I really liked Rosetta Stone on PC when I tried it a few years ago but the cost is just way too high.

    • Ben Baranovsky

      I'm sorry, but your comment made me think of this:

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      I agree, I'd love to buy Rosetta Stone, but I just can't justify the cost.

      • Gregory Monlouis

        they can. it's all about advertising and marketing cost

  • kashmieer

    499$ for full levels! You must be so kidding.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/ Richard Short

    This is an excellent idea. https://www.geekchoice.com/new-york

  • cas_e

    According to one study, Duolingo (the website) which is free, is more effective than Rosetta Stone. I'm using both at the moment and can't decide which I prefer. If I hadn't torrented Rosetta Stone I would see no disadvantage in using Duolingo though.

  • Elias

    And I thought a $16 launcher is stupidly overpriced...