How to choose from 24 languages

Rosetta Stone Unlimited gives access to 24 languages in just one account. Great news, but it has made the choice of deciding which language to learn next more challenging!

Here are some things to think about:

  1. Motivations. Think hard about why you want to learn a new language.
  2. Accessibility. How many native speakers and other resources do you have access to?
  3. Difficulty. Have you learnt any languages previously and are you up for a challenge?
  4. Try them out. With 24 languages at your fingertips you can check them all out.

1. Core motivation to learn

It’s an obvious but crucial place to start. Why do you want to learn? What are the real reasons? Here are some typical motivations:


Most probably your motivations are a combination of more than one of these or maybe revolve around your career or family situation. It is worth thinking about which motivation it is that is most important to you. Think hard enough about your core motivation and it should point towards a specific language.

2. Accessibility to your new language

Language at work
Which language will help your career?

Your ultimate goal is about communicating with people in the real world. Think about the level of exposure to the language you are likely to have. If you have family or friends that are regularly speaking a language, then this is a great resource for you. Likewise, if you are exposed to a foreign language at work, or if you are regularly visiting a different country.

The more you are surrounded with your new language, the more you are likely to want to take part and the more sustainable your motivations will be. So, when choosing which of the 24 languages to make your main learning language, look around you; see what opportunities there are within your existing networks or look for language-clubs in your area.

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3. How many other languages have you learnt previously?

One or more
If you have already learnt a foreign language to an intermediate level (outside of schooling), then you will be familiar with the process of adult language learning. You already know how to do it and how much time it takes. From this standpoint you can make an informed decision about approaching a fresh language.

Perhaps it’s time to step up to something more challenging and learn a very different type of language with unfamiliar sounds and scripts, or perhaps you know you need to stick to familiar territory and go for a language closer to your own (another romance language, for example).

None as an adult
If you are new to the game, you need to be very realistic in your goal setting and in your choice of languages. The obvious choice is to pick one of the major European languages, best of all one that you have some experience of learning at school. Spanish is a great choice for English speakers. It is a good introduction to a proper romance language, relatively grammar light and the world is full of Spanish speakers. Spanish is the most popular choice for Rosetta Stone learners in the UK.

Whatever your choice, don’t underestimate the difficulty of starting a new language. Just try and learn for 15 minutes a day. Time yourself, do it at a time that is fixed in your day and stick with it. As a total beginner to language learning you will also need some more personal support. Use the Rosetta Stone Tutors to help you in these early stages, or find a local class.

4. Trying out different languages

With free access to 24 languages, you can also try them out, before you commit a lot of time to learning. Why not play around and see how common words and phrases look and sound in different languages?

If you have access to the Phrasebook feature in a language, then this is a good place to start. With the Phrasebook feature in ‘extended learning’ you can quickly see and hear how a language works in common phrases and circumstances.

Find out more about different languages you can try with in our previous post ‘8 useful languages you can learn’

Why not challenge yourself to work through the first lesson in all 24 languages Rosetta Stone teaches? Not only will this be a fun challenge, it will surely give you some ideas for which languages you might like to pursue more.

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About the Author Simon Goodall

Language learner, teacher and contributing author to the Rosetta Stone magazine

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