It’s Friday!!! Time to mess about with Ubuntu!
So – As a fan of all Scandinavian and Germanic languages I thought I would try Rosetta Stone a few years back and found it to be a pretty sweet language learning tool. I wouldn’t advise using the program alone as it is a poor substitute for an academic grammar guide, but it certainly plays to its strengths. Learning commonly used words and phrases by sight and having your pronunciation compared to that of a native speaker is worth its weight in ice cream (‘Phish Food’ anyone??).
Now that I will be moving to the West Coast, I aim to get a jump on my college classes by learning Spanish as a complete beginner. However, for the purposes of this tutorial I will be showing you how I installed my first language (Swedish/Svenska) on my Ubuntu 12.10 system. For those of you not installing Rosetta Stone and looking to learn how to create .iso images and mount them, scroll right down past stages 1 and 2.
For the purpose of any forums out there – This is not torrent software (although these steps would work the same way). To prove I’m not chatting complete and utter bollocks, please refer to the image below (It’s not explicit proof, but it’s good enough).
Now, many people who would like to install Rosetta Stone usually succeed in installing and loading the language program itself, but find that they run into trouble when the time comes to install language levels. For those who are starting from scratch – read ahead, however, for those of you who already have Rosetta Stone up and running – skip to stage 2. Again, if you’re only interested in learning how to make images and mount them, skip stages 1 and 2.
1. Load Ubuntu Software Center >> Install Wine (Windows Program Loader).
2. Insert the disc containing Rosetta Stone’s application software (or package…naughty 😛 ) and right-click “run with wine”. The application software should install itself without kicking up too much of a fuss and may offer you the option to download and install critical updates. Sorted.
Stage 2 – Creating and Mounting ISO Images (2 Parts – From CD/Package)
CD Installation (skip if you require instructions for mounting/creating ISO Images from packages).
1. Search the Ubuntu Software Center for Gmount-Iso (shown below) and install.
2. Your system should now recognise the language discs if it didn’t earlier. To open the previously installed application program, simply search the dash for “Browse C:Drive” and follow the path >> Program Files >> Rosetta Stone >> RosettaStone.exe (Right-click and select “open with wine” to run the application).
3. Select “Add language level”:
4. Voila! Continue with your installation and enjoy your language software.
Creating/Mounting ISO Images from Package Files
For ‘whatever reason’, you may need to mount an ISO image to install either this program or another program on your system (*cough*). I will copy the files from the ‘Swedish Level 2’ disc as an example into a file in my documents and repeat the above process, using packaged files instead.
1. Make sure you have Gmount-Iso installed (instructions above) and that you have your language folder or folder you wish to mount ready (for demonstration purposes, I have copied all of the files from the Swedish_2 language level into an identically named folder in ‘My Documents’.
2. Launch “Brasero” from the Dash (Should be installed as default). Select the option “Data Project”. Click the Green cross to add files for the creating of an ISO image…For example: The files that I selected are contained within the ‘Swedish_2’ folder in my documents (that I copied over from the Swedish 2 language level CD). Select your files and click “add”.
3. Name your ISO file aka: ‘Swedish.iso’ and click “burn”. Save your image to an appropriate location and wait whilst Brasero creates your Image. (Make sure that you only select the folders INSIDE the folder you created…recreate the ISO just like you would the disc itself – Also make sure it has the .iso extension…it will not work otherwise).
4. Navigate to where you saved your newly created .iso file. Right-click the file and select the option “Open with Disk Image Mounter” – Mount the disc.
5. Return to the Rosetta Stone application program (If you have closed the window: search the dash for “Browse C:Drive” and follow the path >> Program Files >> Rosetta Stone >> RosettaStone.exe). Right-click and select “open with wine” to run the application.
6. Select the option “Add new language level” and there you have it:
I hope that’s been pretty painless for you!
– Have a nice weekend 🙂