CCPL adds Rosetta Stone lan­guage pro­gram to its of­fer­ings for pa­trons

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JESSICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— When Diana Klusak at­tends fam­ily gath­er­ings, she can’t help but feel left out when her fam­ily mem­bers start speak­ing their na­tive lan­guage of Gu­jarati, which is spo­ken in In­dia.

But thanks to the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s re­cent ad­di­tion of the Rosetta Stone lan­guage learn­ing pro­gram to its of­fer­ings, Klusak has started learn­ing Hindi, In­dia’s na­tional lan­guage, and with some prac­tice, hopes to soon start hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with her rel­a­tives in Hindi.

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“It’s sort of a fun project,” she said. “If I can man­age even just to speak a wel­come that would be great.”

CCPL was able to start of­fer­ing the re­source ear­lier this fall when the Mary­land State Li­brary Re­source Cen­ter pur­chased it and added it to “Sailor,” an ex­ist­ing col­lec­tion of data­base re­sources avail­able to all pub­lic li­braries in the state.

Since its launch in Ce­cil County, Latin Amer­i­can Span­ish is the most pop­u­lar lan­guage be­ing stud­ied with about a third of all par­tic­i­pants choos­ing that lan­guage. The next most pop­u­lar lan­guages are French, Ger­man and Korean, said Fra­zier Walker, CCPL com­mu­nity re­la­tions spe­cial­ist.

“Rosetta Stone is another learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for our pa­trons,” she added. “It’s re­ally a great jump­ing off point for those look­ing to learn a new lan­guage.”

Rosetta Stone is an elec­tronic re­source that al­lows users to learn lan­guages in a per­son­al­ized man­ner and at their own pace. For many peo­ple in­ter­ested in learn­ing a new lan­guage this way though, the cost of the pro­gram can be dis­cour­ag­ing, Walker said. (On Ama­zon, prices for Rosetta Stone start at around $74.)

Since the li­brary of­fers it free to pa­trons, users can feel free to try it out and not worry about wast­ing money if they don’t like it or can’t keep up with it, Walker noted.

For Klusak, the price tag was cer­tainly a turnoff for her when­ever she’d con­sid- ered buy­ing the soft­ware in the past. So when she learned the li­brary was now of­fer­ing it for free dur­ing a meet­ing at Ce­cil County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, where she works, she was ea­ger to try it out.

Though she isn’t able to use Rosetta Stone as of­ten as she’d like, Klusak tries to do a lit­tle bit ev­ery night when she gets home and hopes to soon be con­ser­va­tional in Hindi.

“It’s more of just a per­sonal en­deavor,” she said. “Even at my age, I am learn­ing that you re­ally can teach an old dog, new tricks.”

To ac­cess Rosetta Stone, pa­trons can go to the CCPL web­site at ce­cil.ebranch. info and look for Rosetta Stone un­der the “Dig­i­tal Li­brary” tab on the home page or visit ce­cil.ebranch. info/dig­i­tal-li­brar y/ rosetta-stone/.

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