We all knew it had to happen one day. And now the day has come: Livemocha finally pulled the trigger and sent a load of fresh roast mocha beans over to Rosetta Stone.
On their blog you will find three reasons why Livemocha is better than Rosetta Stone.
Reason 1: Livemocha offers hundreds of hours of free courses in over 30 languages.
Reason 2: Livemocha lessons include revision of speaking and writing exercises by native speakers.
Reason 3: Livemocha has a community of over 4 million members to connect, socialize and practice with.
So it looks like Rosetta Stone is becoming one of the favourite “targets” of online education. A couple of weeks ago my fellow YouTube teacher and Japanese Culture blogging Rockstar Koichi wrote a blog post and made a video about “Alternatives to Rosetta Stone Japanese”. You can watch the video below and read his blog post on Tofugu.com.
Rosetta Stone on the other hand is also on the go on the social webs. For example, they are making a very good use of Twitter, interacting with potential customers, giving support etc and posting links to success stories like this one, this one and many others on their own website promoting Rosetta Stone as the most effective and best language learning tool on the web.
So all of the above, Livemocha, Koichi and Rosetta Stone make some valid points and of course, I have my own take on this, too. But let me hear your thoughts first. Did you learn with Rosetta Stone, is it “too old”, too expensive, too …? What are your experiences with free tools on the net and the premium content of Livemocha, Babbel or busuu. Or maybe non of the above is the best and you got something else?