CCPL adds Rosetta Stone language program to its offerings for patrons
— 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.
“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/.