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FOOTBALL FANS URGED TO IMPROVE LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR THE WORLD CUP 2006

• 10% discount on German and English language learning courses from Rosetta Stone
• Competition to win official World Cup 2006 merchandise and language learning courses

Football fans can improve their language skills for the World Cup 2006 with Rosetta Stone’s promotional offer of a 10% discount on its German and English language learning programs until 9th July 2006.

Football fans who log onto www.rosettastonegames.co.uk can also enter a competition to win official World Cup 2006 merchandise, including the strip of their favourite team, a FIFA football, as well as a Rosetta Stone language learning program of their choice.

To win, entrants must correctly identify the football shirts of different teams, hidden amongst both fake and plain clothes. Five winners will be chosen and announced on the 10th July 2006.

German is the second most commonly spoken foreign language in the UK. A quarter of Brits claim they “sprechen Deutsche”. The main motivation for learning a language is overseas travel according to Rosetta Stone’s ‘Language Learning in the UK’ report. With 100,000 England fans expected to travel to Germany for the World Cup, surely there has never been a better incentive to learn!

James Pitman, managing director at Rosetta Stone, said: “We Brits are very patriotic and passionate football fans. In the past, we have received negative press and have even been branded as hooligans. We need to change that stereotype. Fans who can speak German will no doubt help to maintain the peace and ensure that the historic England/Germany rivalry remains firmly on the pitch.”

A free 30-day trial of Rosetta Stone’s German course is available for journalists.

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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is the leading provider of on-line and CD-Rom based language-learning courses. The courses are based on a dynamic immersion methodology which means that they are fully interactive and use thousands of real-life colour images to convey the meaning of each spoken and written phrase in the program. The program’s carefully sequenced structure, written texts and extensive use of native speakers helps the user to attain proficiency quickly, without memorization, translation or tedious grammar drills. Teaching 30 languages to millions of people in over 150 countries worldwide, Rosetta Stone is the key to language learning success.

For more information visit www.rosettastone.com

For further information contact:

Vicky Hayden
PR Manager
hbl media
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 1830
Email: vicky@hblmedia.com

James Pitman
UK Managing Director
Rosetta Stone
Tel: +44 (0)1753 834 520
Email: jpitman@rosettastone.com