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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Rosetta Stone, Then and Now

The Rosetta Stone gave the world the key to the long-forgotten language of ancient Egypt. A French officer of Napoleon's engineering corps discovered it in 1799.He found the stone half buried in the mud near Rosetta, a city near Alexandria, Egypt.The stone was later taken to England, where it is still preserved in the British Museum. Today, the name also stands for the fully-interactive, step-by-step language-learning software. It includes thirty languages, and its applications are far-reaching. Rosetta Stone is recognized by thousands of schools and universities as an ideal English as a Second Language(ESL) solution, giving millions of English learners the confidence to communicate. The Worcester Public Library Foundation received a grant from the Verizon Foundation that will allow the Worcester Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester (LVGW) to add Rosetta Stone Online to the Library’s Internet-based database collection. Rosetta Stone is language-learning software that features an interactive dynamic immersion method. Library patrons can use it to learn English at their convenience from anywhere, through the Library's webpage link to "Online Databases". A Worcester Public Library card is required. LVGW will hold classes in the library’s computer lab for people who want personal instruction. Please contact LVGW directly at 508-754-8056.

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