Compare Language Software

Learn how our experts identify and compare the essential factors of language software to find the best option for you. From teaching method and learning format to price and languages, we research everything you need to know to make a decision.
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How we Compare Language Software

Teaching Method - 30%
Learning Format - 25%
Levels of Learning - 20%
Price - 15%
Languages - 10%

Teaching Method Compared

Each language course is evaluated according to the effectiveness of its teaching method. This is based on the personal experience of students and teachers who have purchased the product. It also takes into account its credibility (is it being used by government agencies, learning institution and major companies).

Language Software with the Best Teaching Method:  Rosetta Stone Teaching MethodPimsleur Teaching MethodRocket Languages Teaching Method
Rosetta StonePimsleurRocket LanguagesFluenzTell Me MoreTransparent LanguageSpeed Learning LanguagesInstant ImmersionLearn to SpeakMichel Thomas
EffectivenessPattern-based learningGraduated Interval Recall, Principle of Anticipation, Core Vocabulary, Organic Learning Audio-heavy, Emphasizes on proper pronunciation, Read and Write, MultimediaTeaching approach may vary according to language, In-depth instructions, PhrasesPedagogical Approach, Communicative approach, Developing speaking skills, Personalized training program, Activities that complement a learning objective15 immersion style lessons, flash cards and 2000 word vocabulary builderSpeed Learning approach. Highly audio-focused.Flashcards and dictionary, Assessment testing, Speech recognition, Voice recording and playback, Interactive games, Custom lesson planning All-audio learning, Virtual classroom, Visual learning, Tutor experience, Teaching approach designed for teens and adults

Learning Format Compared

Each student has a personal preference in terms of learning format. Language courses who offer a variety of formats (online support/ coaches, audio, visual learners) offer a more diverse and complete package. 

Language Software with the Best Learning Format:  Fluenz Learning FormatPimsleur Learning FormatRocket Languages Learning Format
Rosetta StonePimsleurRocket LanguagesFluenzTell Me MoreTransparent LanguageSpeed Learning LanguagesInstant ImmersionLearn to SpeakMichel Thomas
(Mobile Apps, CD, software)Online support/ coaches, CD, Software, Mobile App, Voice Recognition, Mic and headsetMP3, CD, Software, Mobile AppCD, Software, Mobile App, Online AccessSoftware, DVD, CD, Podcasts, Phrase book navigator, Tutorial CD, DVD, Online support, Coaching, SoftwareAudio CD, Software, Online support, Mobile App, TutoringBooks, Audio CdDVD, CD, Software download, Audio CD, Phrase book, Online courseDVD, MP3, Voice recognition program, ExercisesCD, Mobile App, Booklet

Levels of Learning Compared

Is the course able to develop your language skills into native-speaker levels? A language course should not only be able to introduce a new student to a new language but also be help them achieve an advanced understanding if needed (professionals, diplomats).  

Language Software with the Best Levels of Learning:  Fluenz Levels of LearningPimsleur Levels of LearningRocket Languages Levels of Learning
Rosetta StonePimsleurRocket LanguagesFluenzTell Me MoreTransparent LanguageSpeed Learning LanguagesInstant ImmersionLearn to SpeakMichel Thomas
Basic
Fluent
Advance

Price Compared

Your decision to purchase a language program should not only be based on the price. This decision should also take into account the amount of content and overall quality of the product. Each offer (price) is compared to the overall quality of learning (methodology + format).

Language Software with the Best Price:  Rosetta Stone PricePimsleur PriceMuzzy BBC Price
Rosetta StonePimsleurRocket LanguagesFluenzTell Me MoreTransparent LanguageSpeed Learning LanguagesInstant ImmersionLearn to SpeakMichel Thomas
Learning Package 1$179 for level 1 and $299 for the complete set (level 1 to 5) Learn Italian CourseRocket Italian Premium $299.95 (Lifetime Online access $69.95) Level 1 - Beginner to IntermediateItalianOnline lessons - $42/ month$179.95Level 1 and 2: $197Family Edition - Levels 1,2,3 Phrase book, 7 languages $49.95All learning courses are priced at $49.95Start $14.95 One hour of audio on CD - learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player
Learning Package 2TOTALe Online 36 month subscription ($499), 12 month subscription ($299), 6 month subscription ($239)MP3 $450 (Phases 1 to 4 - 120 thirty-minute lessons with reading 64 hrs)Rocket Italian Premium Plus $299.95 (Lifetime Online access $149.95) Level 2 - Intermediate to AdvancedFluenz (Italian) 1+2+3+4+5 $358French lessons and exercises on software CD/ DVD - $229 (Beginner to Advanced)Level 3+4 and Practice $197 Download Edition - software plus bonus audio -Levels 1,2,3 - 120 languages $44.95Total $120 - $135 Up to 12 hours of audio on CD, Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac, Over 2 hours of vocab help
Learning Package 3CD $970 (Phases 1 to 4 - 120 thirty-minute lessons with reading 64 hrs)Rocket Italian Platinum $299.95 (Lifetime Online access $149.95) Level 3 to AdvancedFluenz (Italian) 1+2 $278Private French tutor (Webcam) - $142/ monthLevel 1+2+3+4 and Practice $197Online Edition - Levels 1,2,3 Perfect $120 - $135 Up to 9 hours of audio on CD, Visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac, Over 3 hours of vocab help
Learning Package 4Software $350 (90 daily 30-min audio lessons, 900 flash cards, 90 Speak Easy conversations, and 900 quick matches.) Fluenz (Italian) 3+4+5 $310Homeschool French Online curriculum - from $74.25 / high school yearInstant Immersion Levels 1,2,3 Masterclass $75 2 hours of audio on CD - learn at home, in the car or on the move with your mp3 player (only available for French, Italian, German, Spanish)

Languages Compared

This is another case of quality versus quantity. The number of languages available under the language course is weighed against its ability to teach the language effectively (methodology). 

Language Software with the Best Languages:  Pimsleur LanguagesRosetta Stone LanguagesBabbel Languages
Rosetta StonePimsleurRocket LanguagesFluenzTell Me MoreTransparent LanguageSpeed Learning LanguagesInstant ImmersionLearn to SpeakMichel Thomas
French
Spanish
Italian
German
Chinese (Mandarin)
Japanese
Other Languages Available

Full Language Software Comparison

Teaching MethodLearning FormatLevels of LearningPriceLanguages
Rosetta Stone Language Software10.09.810.09.810.0
Pimsleur Language Software9.010.010.09.010.0
Rocket Languages Language Software9.010.010.08.09.0
Muzzy BBC8.010.010.09.09.0
Babbel Language Software8.010.010.08.010.0
Fluenz Language Software8.010.010.08.09.5
Tell Me More Language Software8.010.09.09.08.0
Transparent Language Language Software8.010.010.03.04.0
Speed Learning Languages Language Software8.010.010.03.03.0
Instant Immersion Language Software7.010.010.04.03.0
Learn to Speak Language Software8.010.09.03.03.0
Michel Thomas Language Software8.010.010.02.02.0
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FAQ

When do people use language software?

People use language software for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):

- Traveling or moving to a foreign country
- Opening communications with a family member or friend
- Taking up a new hobby
- Learning for business purposes
- Supporting curriculum for school courses
- Expanding on existing knowledge
- and much more….

What kind of Language software program should I look for?

The answer to this question really depends on what you are trying to do and how you learn best.

If you are an auditory learner, for instance, you absorb information better if you hear it, therefore you will probably want to pick a program that has a lot of audio clips. On the other hand, if you are a visual learner, audio clips may help, but you will probably want to find a program that relies on text based. Or if you are a kinesthetic learner, who learns through experience, you may want to find interactive programs that will test you on your learning or will engage you in the lessons in other ways.

Additionally, you should decide what your goals are for learning a language. Are you looking to speak a language conversationally, or are you trying to read and write the language as well? If you are going on a trip and just need to have some words and phrases in your word bank to help you get around, you may be looking for a far less intensive program than if you are taking a job that requires you to speak, read and write a foreign language proficiently.

What languages can I learn with Language software programs?

This depends on the language software company you select. Most all companies offer Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, and Arabic. However, many companies have programs for many more languages, including Greek, Korean, Portuguese and Polish to name a few. However it’s worth noting, that if the language you are trying to learn is commonly spoken, chances are there is a language software program that can help you accomplish this goal.

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