Senior caregivers may encounter senior clients or relatives of their senior clients whose first language is not English or who solely speak another language. The Spanish speaking population in America in particular continues to grow. To effectively communicate with senior clients or families of their senior clients, caregivers can use the Rosetta Stone app to learn the basics of one of 24 languages presented in the app.
Learning another language consists of several different types of skills, so the Rosetta Stone app presents sample courses for free to introduce users to the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, if your device supports a keyboard. Each language also offers a core lesson, which ties the basics of the language together.
Taking the lessons in a quiet and calm surrounding environment helps users focus solely on the app and particularly for the pronunciation section, be able to repeat the words and phrases through the phone microphone without interference. The free first level previews allow users to try out a language for free before they decide to purchase courses and more levels through Rosetta Stone. The lower level gives users an idea of how well they enjoy taking the language, how easily it comes to them and how long it would take them to go through the courses before they will be able to converse in that language.
The course design also gives caregivers the ability to pick and choose which aspects of the language that they work on the most. Caregivers only looking to communicate with family members of a senior client verbally might focus more heavily on pronunciation and vocabulary, while those who may need to e-mail with family members can narrow in on improving written and reading comprehension skills.
The Rosetta Stone app is available for Apple and Android platforms.
Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.