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180 Days

We challenged Nuno to a seemingly impossible task: Learn Swedish in just 180 days using Rosetta Stone software, then give a presentation on the experience entirely in his newfound Swedish language skills.
Watch the video to learn all about Nuno’s incredible journey – and take a look at our advice to find out how you could pick up a new language in your own 180 day challenge.

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One Hundred and Eighty Days Can you do it?

With Rosetta Stone, you could be ready to have a conversation in your chosen language in just six months. Thanks to Nuno, we have proven that all you need to complete a course in 180 days is a little spare time, our interactive software and some willpower of your own.

That'll be enough to get you to converse confidently – so this time next year, you could be chatting away in a language of your choice! Take a look at our breakdown to see what you’ll be doing each month.

Month 1 Fundamentals

We all have to start somewhere, and the first month will be focused on building your confidence with some conversation starters.

By the end of the month you’ll be a whiz at greetings and introductions, and you’ll also have the simple question-answer structure of that language under your belt, allowing you to go shopping and place orders.

Month 2 Get Connected

In month two, we'll build on those foundations and get you stuck into the traveller’s necessities – you’ll learn how to ask for (and give) directions, how to book a table or make an appointment, how to navigate public transport systems and how to make a phone call.

You’ll soon be adding new phrases and sentences to your lexicon!

Month 3 Express Yourself

By month three we’re already looking at the conversational side of communication with others. You’ll learn to talk about how you’re feeling and discuss everyday topics, such as your interests, profession, current events and social occasions.

At this point you’ll also learn how to express weights and measurements, giving you an extra boost in conversation.

Month 4 Big Ideas

You're now halfway through your course, and we're moving onto more advanced conversational techniques, filling in the gaps and giving you the power to talk about ideas, concepts and interests with more clarity.

You'll learn to interact in various situations, such as in restaurants, service industries and at the doctor’s surgery.

Month 5 Opening Up

In month five you’ll continue to learn how to communicate feelings, ideas and needs, and your tone will take on a much more conversational style as you start to string thoughts and concepts together. You’ll start to learn how to discuss work and culture in more detail.

Month 6 Conversation

By month six you’ll be able to talk about a range of conversational topics, including culture, work and your studies. By now, you would have made the most of Rosetta Stone’s exclusive features, including the option to learn with native-speaking tutors who will prompt light-hearted conversations in your target language.

You'll be a part of a supportive setting for relaxed, guided conversation--immersing even further into your new language! With six months of study behind you and all the exercises and practice under your belt, you’ll be able to recall your target language with ease, giving you the power to strike up a conversation in a wide range of everyday situations.

Now pick your Rosetta Stone language course and follow in Nuno’s footsteps!

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To effectively learn a language, it helps to understand just what's happening in our brain when we acquire new words and new syllables. That's what gives you the power to speak like a native, making it much easier to chat and socialise.

Here's an insight into how humans learn language, and why Rosetta Stone employs the immersion technique for fast, easy learning.

How children
learn language

The most effective system for learning language is of course a child's brain – that’s why we're able to pick up our native language at such a young age.

Scientists agree that there is a window of time during a child's formative years during which the language acquisition areas of the brain are more active , with faster creation of new neural pathways to aid the speedy acquisition of words, speech patterns and rules of conversation. The ability to learn and form new sounds with the mouth is also increased at this time, allowing children to learn the language in the local accent.

Studies have found that children who learn two or more languages have significant structural changes in the front cortex of the brain – the area responsible for language, memory and conscious thought. This goes some way to explaining why many people find it harder to learn a second language later in life, as this part of the brain has not developed to hold multiple language systems.

According to Allen Stoltzfus, the inventor of Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion™ method, the best way to learn a language is to mimic the way we learn languages as children: connecting words with images and real-life situations which enables us to unlock the meaning intuitively. Children dive into language, without translation. This process is called immersion.


Immersion learning has been found to change the way the brain processes language; a study published in the New York Times in 2012 showed that, when comparing immersion to formal classroom lessons, those who had learned by immersion were displaying the full brain patterns of a native language learner

The results showed that practice is more important in language learning than simple rote memorisation, and that the pressure of having to recall information quickly and in context made the language centre of the brain work much more naturally, moving information to your long-term memory

We take advantage of this in our own language courses using Adaptive Recall™, which encourages you to review a previous activity at different stages of your study, depending on your performance. This gives your brain a chance to process the information again, making you far more likely to remember it next time you’re asked to recall it.

Researcher Dr Ullman said that not only did the immersion study reveal information relevant to those learning a second language, but also supported the idea that learning a second language can delay the onset of several forms of dementia.

How learning
a language is
good for
the brain

Learning a new language is a full brain workout – so much so that it's been recommended as a way to keep the brain active and ward off dementia.

Essentially, you need four parts of the brain to use a language: the auditory cortex, where neural impulses from the ears are relayed to the different areas of the brain; Wernicke's area, which interprets neural impulses into recognisable words and phrases; Broca's area, which is responsible for motor planning (allowing you to formulate a response); and the motor cortex, responsible for executing voluntary movements such as speaking aloud . That's a long process to go through just to say "Hello"!

When you learn a language, this process is spread across even more of the brain; you're exercising your memory function, your recall ability, your reasoning and your decision-making skills to accurately interpret and respond in a second language. What better motivation is there to learn a new language?

Rosetta Stone's six-month courses start from just £150. This works out at £25 a month, or £0.83 a day – that’s the same as...

  • Two cappuccinos a week

  • A pizza and a drink for two, once a month

  • One takeaway lunch a week

Studying for an hour and a half a day for 180 days will get you 250 hours in your target language. That's the same as...

About ten seasons of an hour-long TV show.

The average amount of time an 18-25 year old spends on Facebook.

Watching one football match every day.

The average commute to work.

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