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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is language learning software, provided free to all University of Leeds Staff and Students. It can be used on laptop, desktop or mobile devices.

To use Rosetta Stone you will need a connected microphone and speakers/headphones. A language program has 5 levels and it will take you approximately 40 hours to complete a level, however, there are options to take an extended curricula which could add a further 7 hours to each level. These timings are not precise though as activities are self-paced.

Using Rosetta on a laptop/desktop

Rosetta Stone makes extensive use of audio and speech recognition. In addition to somewhere quiet and undisturbed to practice, you'll need some equipment before you start:

  • Headphones or speakers
  • A working microphone (a headset would be best, but an internal mic in your laptop will still work in a quiet environment)

At Leeds Rosetta Stone is always accessed via the University's VLE.

  1. On your laptop or desktop computer, navigate to the University of Leeds VLE at:
    https://vlebb.leeds.ac.uk
  2. On the Home tab click on the Languages for All image.
    Rosetta Link
    • Students: The Languages for All page will open. In the Independent Language study section, click on Try a new Language in Rosetta Stone.
    • Staff: The Rosetta Stone interface will open automatically.

  3. Click the First Time Users link to test your computer to check you are ready to use the Rosetta Stone system. Go back to the Rosetta Home page and click Launch Rosetta Stone Language Lessons Version 3 (note the First Time Users test may have opened in a new tab).
    Rosetta Home interface
  4. If this is the first time you have used Rosetta at Leeds you will be asked to identify your gender to help configure the software's speech recognition functionality.
  5. You'll now be taken to the Rosetta Language Learning website where you can choose which language and level to start.
    Rosetta Language List
  6. Then you need to select which type of course you would like to take. There are descriptions in the interface with more information available on the Rosetta site.
  7. Your selected course will open, the course is divided into units (indicated by numbers). You can see an outline of the unit by clicking on Explore all activities for Unit 1 towards the bottom of the screen. If you have some experience of the language you have chosen, you can use the Reviews at the end of each lesson or Milestone at the end of the unit to check if you need to do all units.

Note

You must always access Rosetta via the VLE. You will need to pick your language and level each time you enter Rosetta but it will remember your progress.

Using Rosetta on a mobile device

Upgrade Warning

We are aware of a current issue with the latest version of the Learn Languages app for Rosetta Stone. At present our advice is to NOT upgrade the app when prompted on your device.

You can do all language training activities via the Rosetta app with the exception of writing and milestone activities.

You'll first need to install the Rosetta app for your device from the dedicated app store: Apple app store or Google Play.

  1. Go to the app store and search for 'Learn Languages: Rosetta Stone'.
  2. Install the app but DO NOT open it.
    Choose the Language
  3. In your mobile browser, go the the VLE Web address:
    https://vlebb.leeds.ac.uk
  4. On the Home tab click on the Languages for All image.
    Rosetta Link
    • Students: The Languages for All page will open. In the Independent Language study section, click on Try a new Language in Rosetta Stone.
    • Staff: The Rosetta Stone interface will open automatically.

  5. On the Rosetta Stone webpage, select the link to 'Launch Rosetta Stone Language Lessons Version 3'.
  6. Rosetta Stone will now launch in the mobile app you installed.
  7. Select the language you wish to learn from a drop-down menu.
    Choose the Language
  8. Select which type of course you would like to take. There are descriptions available on the Rosetta site.
  9. You'll now see the Language Lesson interface in the app. It will automatically start on the first Core Lesson for Level 1 but you can switch level via the top menu (there are usually 5 levels). Click Start in the Lesson information box to begin. You may be taken through a brief audio setup before the lesson loads.
    Rosetta Mobile Interface
  10. The mobile application will take you to your lesson.
    Rosetta Mobile Lesson

Note

Your authentication on the mobile app will periodically time out. You cannot log in via the app; you must log into the VLE via your device's web browser. You will need to pick your language and level each time you enter Rosetta but it will remember your progress.

Need help?

If you have trouble using Rosetta, they have help links within the interface:

Rosetta Help Link

Rosetta also have guidance on their website with a live chat option if you need immediate support. You can also email them at: instsupport@rosettastone.com

If you have trouble getting Rosetta to launch from the VLE/don't see the links, please contact the IT Service Desk.