I just completed my first lesson in Japanese via Rosetta Stone. I love it! It's tricky though! Japanese, that is, not necessarily Rosetta Stone. I like the idea of Dynamic Immersion. It's kind of like a puzzle, and I like puzzles.
I got 88% for my first "grade". I think I would've done better had I figured out earlier how to have the English transliteration above the pictures instead of the Japanese characters. I know--without a doubt--that I'm a visual learner. There are sections of the lesson where you need to repeat the sentence back after the native speaker says it. That's really hard for me to do when I'm only seeing unfamiliar squiggles and specks. Someday, I'd like to learn all of the characters (and I'm SO glad they're in the program, because the kids are excited about that too!), but for now I'd just like to pronounce things correctly. Really, who knows what I said tonight?!
A pleasant surprise was waiting in the Rosetta Stone box--a 36-week lesson plan! I was wondering how on earth I was supposed to divvy up these lessons for the kids. It's all laid out for me. Nice. (I have Version 3, Homeschool edition, BTW.) It looks like I'm responsible for providing some kind of "Cultural Activity" (read: field trip) for weeks 9, 18, 27, and 36. We don't live in a highly Japanese-populated area. I'll have to do some digging on the internet. Should be fun though! Now I'm sort of wishing we were doing Sonlight's Core on the Eastern Hemisphere. Oh well. Maybe I can throw a couple of those read-alouds in as part of our Cultural Activity. I'm really looking forward to this. = )
P.S. FYI, so far, "domo arigato Mister Roboto" has not come up. I'll let you know.
P.P.S. Can you believe I posted two nights in a row?! (Don't get used to it.)