Fancy learning Spanish? Well, if you’ve got an Xbox One then you’re in luck, because Rosetta Stone is offering to teach you the lingo – and indeed English – with its new Discover Languages Xbox app.
You may be familiar with Rosetta Stone from the company’s software courses on the PC (and Mac), which are quite expensive packages – and while the console app is likely to be more limited than these £150 offerings, it does have one major bonus. Seemingly, it’s free (at least initially, anyway).
The Xbox One app will teach via “immersive simulation”, with a Discovery Zone, where you can travel to different locations and have conversations with a variety of characters, imparting knowledge such as object names, grammar and so forth. Basically, you’ll interact with a number of virtual environments and situations, with such immersion having been proved the best way to take a new language in.
The software also has a Training Zone to brush up on what you learn – it contains phrase books, cultural tips, games and recommendations for study. The program also keeps a record of your various achievements, and of course high scores.
As the company puts it: “With Rosetta Stone’s proven technology-based immersion method in a video-game interface, who knew language learning could be so fun?”