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If Your New Year’s Resolution Is To Learn a New Language, This Is The Gift You Should Get Yourself

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* Make your New Year’s Resolution something practical and achievable
* Learn a new language to land a new job or to prep for travel
* Try your first lesson free with Rosetta Stone

It’s that time of year again. With 2018 (almost) behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the new year, and about what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months.

While many people set physical or personal goals for themselves, we think it’s time to set some educational goals as well. After all, expanding your skill-set and acquiring new talents can be just as good for your mind and body as getting that workout in.

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This year, we’re tackling a new language with Rosetta Stone. With more than 25 years of experience, we’ve found Rosetta Stone to be the best language learning platform in the market, thanks to its easy-to-follow instruction, practical know-how, and convenient learning formats.

While many people think of Rosetta Stone when they’re about to travel to a new country, we think it’s also an essential career development tool. By learning a new language, you can add a new feature to your CV, to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for a new job, or asking for that promotion. It also opens you up to new job opportunities, where companies are looking for bilingual candidates. (Do you speak Portuguese? “Sim!”)

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If fixing your personal life is one of your resolutions this year, consider using Rosetta Stone as a way to improve communication with your partner’s family (if they speak a different language). It’s also a great way to impress a potential mate on your dating profile (“Loves dogs, loves movies and speaks five languages!”)

Here’s how it works: select the language you’d like to learn (or improve) and Rosetta Stone will send you a set of easy-to-follow lessons that you can take at your own pace and from the convenience of home. The app also has an audio companion that lets you take a break from the screen by listening to your lesson. We’ve found the audio option to be great for commuting and plane rides too.

It’s not just about words either. With Rosetta Stone, you’re actually learning practical phrases to use in everyday conversations. By reading, writing, hearing and speaking the sentences, you’re 100% immersed in the new language so you’re prepared to use it in a real-world setting, no matter what the situation or context. Reading a menu? Check! Asking for directions? Check! Listening to a song? Check!

Rosetta Stone lets you download the lessons so you can take them with you even if you don’t have a WiFi connection. And many of the packages include sessions with a native-speaking tutor, so you can practice your new vocabulary with actual people.

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The best way to appreciate it is to try it yourself, and right now, Rosetta Stone is offering the first lesson free on its website. Courses start at just $5/month afterwards. Find out more and browse the course offerings right now at RosettaStone.com. And start the new year off on the right foot, by setting yourself up for success.

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