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Rosetta Stone Italian Personal Edition Level 1

Title: Rosetta Stone Italian Personal Edition Level 1

Author: Fairfield
Format: Software
List Price: $219.00
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Amazon USA Price: $197.10

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Rosetta Stone Italian Personal Edition Level 1

Recommended: Auralog TeLL me More Language Software, a superb and effective system for learning a foreign language. Proven method and highly praised system.

Where To Buy This Item

Platform: Mac OS, Windows
Media: CD-ROM

System requirements


  • Windows 95/98/Me/XP or NT 4.0/2000
  • Pentium 166 MHz or faster processor
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 35 MB hard disk space
  • 4x CD-ROM drive
  • 16-bit color display
  • 16-bit Windows compatible sound card
  • Speech Recognition feature requires microphone


  • OS 8.1 or higher
  • PowerPC 120 Mhz processor
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 35 MB hard disk space
  • 4x CD-ROM drive
  • 16-bit color display
  • Speech Recognition feature requires PlainTalk compatible microphone


  • Award-winning program selected by the U.S. State Department, the Peace Corps and NASA
  • Over 3500 real-life color pictures and phrases spoken by native speakers
  • Curriculum with 12 activities in each of 92 lessons (ages 6 and older)
  • Develops all key language skills: Listening Comprehension, Reading, Speaking and Writing
  • Previews, tests and automated tutorials that "learn" where you need extra help

Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
ASIN: B0000639OA
Item model number: 030-00
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars Based on 6 reviews.

Product Description
Amazon.com Product Description
Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older)

All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars Sometimes you get what you pay for..., March 11, 2004

Reviewer:   DCS (Bellevue, WA United States)

After trying two language programs before this and being highly disappointed in their performance I finally put out the money for this program. It is comprehensive and I have found it very valuable in it's method of teaching the Italian language. I highly recommend it.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Userful for Learning Italian, October 29, 2004

Reviewer:   Laura De Giorgio "www.deeptrancenow.com" (Canada) 

This will not work for you as the first or only program for learning Italian. It is great as a supplement to other methods of learning Italian. The method is entirely intuitive - there is no English anywhere, so you may also want to have a dictionary and a grammar book.

I have found Rosetta Stone language programs most useful for reviewing the information I have learned elsewhere, for brushing up on languages I haven't used for a while, and for expanding vocabulary.

It may not be the best choice for total beginners, but you can learn a lot by associating words and expressions with the images and occasional mini videos. I do consider it definitely a worthwhile purchase.

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

1 out of 5 stars Save your money -- avoid this product, July 29, 2004

Reviewer:   careful consumer  

I strongly discourage purchasing this product because (1) the software is poorly and simplistically designed and (2) the content is a lazy assembly of stuff that does not promote learning. I ran the software on a 1.6 Ghz machine with 60 GB harddrive, so the performance issue clearly was not on my side. As far as the simplistic design, in the multiple choice select-a-picture section, for example, the answer would be in the same quadrant for a series of questions. This issue persisted throughout, leading to a lazy learning/teaching experience. Continuing with the shortcuts taken by this manufacturer, the photos designed to promote Italian language learning were not of Italian subjects. What a crime to charge $165 for this software!

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Love Rosetta stone Italian software, September 13, 2002

Reviewer:   A software user (hamden, ct)

I have had some knowledge of the Italian language so I am not a total beginner, but pretty close to it. The reason I purchased this software is that I found myself loosing the little knowledge I had. How this program works is through picture recognition along with coinciding speech. For an example they will show you a picture of a bird in different sequences such as: flying, swimming, and the color of the bird etc... They also show people doing similar actions. By picture recognition, repetitive patterns, and hearing the words, you do learn the language. The pictures do build in a methodical way and eventually you do learn to form the words, and then into sentences. But, there is no explanation in the how and why the grammar works. The word "the" is different in Italian with respect to masculine, feminine, plural, and the program does not explain this aspect of the language. You learn merely by rote imitation. This indeed is how a child learns to speak a language. A nice feature to this software is that the native speaker does speak in a slow pronunciation, in some parts of the program you can really slow the speakers voice down and hear every syllable. The program allows you to record your voice so you can hear your progress. Learning in this way is fun and I do not find my mind wandering.

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