German Mum learns French with Rosetta Stone


Meet Jacqueline Oberhauser, working mum, blogger and language learner! Jacqueline lives with her family in Saarbrücken, a small German city right on the border with France. The video might be in German, but their enthusiasm for learning with Rosetta Stone needs no translation.

From 4:30 in the video above you can see how Jacqueline and her daughter use Rosetta Stone; learning as a team and making the most of the one-on-one time they have together.

Living on a language boarder

There is a lot of French spoken in Saarbrücken and the family often go across the border for days out. The children also attend a multi-lingual nursery. This leaves David and Jacqueline feeling a bit embarrassed that their own French remains quite basic. That’s one reason that they were so enthusiastic about trying out Rosetta Stone and getting to grips with our French learning programme.

Finding the time

Life as a young mum can feel like a constant struggle and Jacqueline is popular amongst her fans for inspiring them to stay strong and active, making sure that she fits in all the parts of life that are important to her, including language learning. We discover that, even in a busy work day, she finds the time to learn French with Rosetta Stone. Sometimes with her young daughter and sometimes with her partner.

How Rosetta Stone helps

In this video Jacqueline and David talk about all the aspects of Rosetta Stone that they like including:

  1. Immersive: How the app immerses you in the language from the very first moment: They liked the fact that Rosetta Stone didn’t make them do a lot of exercises or burden them with lots of explanations. Instead, they could go straight into learning the language and enjoying it. “I would say it is demanding but it is feasable. I like the way the exercises alternate so that your mind is kept busy all the time. That is how you take in the language very fast.”
  2. Bite-sized: They appreciated that the lessons were ten or fifteen minutes long, so they could fit them into small gaps in their day, “We can do one or two lessons either in the afternoon or before watching TV”
  3. Learning together: “I really like the fact, that we both can use Rosetta Stone at the same time. We share the speaking part but in the end we both learn.”
  4. Relevant content: “There are different exercises around several topics like travelling, food, friends or shopping. That is great as you can pick the topic you actually need! If you visit France you probably need travelling or shopping.”

If you want to learn a language bur are struggling to find the time.

If you are fed up with traditional forms of language tuition and want a fresh approach.

If you want to learn a language in a more natural way, with content relevant to travelling or working in the country.

…. then why not try Rosetta Stone for yourself. Jacki and daughter scored 91% in the French lesson they practised together. Find out how high you can score?

Try it for yourself


About the Author Simon Goodall

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

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