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.
This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery
instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking.
Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without
lists or drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson,
and there are automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech
recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with the native
speaker to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older)
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All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review:
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
Good program for memorizing and reviewing, May 28, 2004
Every program has some advantages and disadvantages, strengths and
weaknesses, so I have found this program most useful for associating words
with ideas - after all it does contain 8000 pictures. The complete
beginner in Chinese may initially make good progress, but then get stuck
because the program doesn't contain any grammatical explanations.
I have found Pimsleur Chinese better for developing conversational
proficiency. Ultimate Mandarin Chinese book and CDs would provide great
addition to new learning because that course fills in the gap which deals
with some essential grammar that takes out confusion. A little bit of
understanding can greatly accelerate one's progress with Chinese.
Rosetta Stone Chinese has only "pinyin", so if you wish to learn how to
read and write Chinese, you'll have to get some other book.
I do think that Rosetta Stone programs could be greatly improved with
at least some basic grammatical explanations. For Chinese, it would also
be nice, if the Chinese characters were provided. Nevertheless, in spite
of all the missing elements that would be very helpful, I have still found
this program very helpful for learning Chinese.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent approach, but needs adaptation for Chinese, June 7, 2003
I will say up front that I have not used this entire CD. I have only
done the first lesson from the program, which I downloaded for free from
the RosettaStone.com web site.
The learning style presented in the Rosetta Stone series really is as good
as they say it is. I like the direct presentation of the Chinese and the
concept, without English text explaining the grammar, usage, and so on. I
also like the amount of repetition that is built into the exercises.
Somehow that approach seems to place the language deeper into your brain,
if that makes sense. The "game" like style is also fun.
While I was working with it, my one year old son was learning English, and
it was quite clear to me that the Rosetta Stone style really is just like
a child's first language acquisition. In fact, I felt that working with
the program helped me to understand and help my child with his English
Although I like this learning style, I think it would be an improvement if
there were an accompanying guide showing the meanings in English, Chinese
characters, and pinyin. A guide would also come in handy if you wanted to
work separately with a tutor. Then you could show the tutor a list of
phrases and sentances you know so they could practice them with you. For
what you pay for this software, it would be nice.
I do have one major complaint about the program - it is not adapted to
Chinese. From looking at the free downloads of each language of Rosetta
Stone, it is clear that exactly the same concepts are taught in the same
order in each language. For example, The first four phrases you learn are
"a girl", "a boy", "a cat", and "a dog", whether you are learning English
or Swahili. The program is not adapted to the languages individually.
The concept behind the program is that only one new word or phrase is
introduced at a time, and the accompanying illustration makes the meaning
clear, so your mind can make the association. The problem is that in
Chinese the sentance structure can be very different than the Romance
languages. For example, in part six of lesson one, you see a picture of a
man on a horse accompanied by the sentance "yi ge qi zai ma shang de nan
ren". Up till that point the only relevent phrases you have learned are "A
Man," and "A Horse". In the English Rosetta Stone program, the phrase
accompanying this picture is "A man on a horse." So clearly, the intention
is that you learn the new word "on". But, in Chinese the sentance is,
literally translated, "A riding located horse top man." So the student is
presented with three new words, "riding", "located", and "top," with no
clues to figure out what they mean either individually or in that sentance.
I get the impression that they developed the template of this program to
work well for the romance languages, and then just decided to make extra
money by having translators translate the sentances into umpteen
languages, regardless of whether the template works in those other
I think it would be a mistake for a beginner to try to learn Chinese using
only this program - it would be very slow and frustrating. But the program
would be very helpful used in conjunction with a class or tutor. I have
not seen any similar programs out there that are better designed for
Chinese, so it could be that Rosetta Stone is still your best bet if you
like the interactive, total-immersion learning style.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Not helpful for me, November 6, 2004
Like another user before me, I checked out the free Mandarin demo on
the Rosetta website. It was quite a fiasco as I was completely lost after
two or three lessons. You learn to identify certain things by looking at
them, but I don't find this helpful at all, partly because of the
incompetence of the photographer. Very often the men and women looked like
each other and the boys and girls did as well, so if you ask me to click
on "the boy is riding a horse" and the picture is shot from about 20 feet
away, is it any surprise that I would be confused? And to worsen things as
the lessons went on, there was no English explanation of any parts of
speech. In lesson 1, you learn that "yi ge nan hai er" refers to a boy. I
would GUESS that the "nan" part refers to the boy, but is it "this is a
boy" or "that is a boy" or "it is a boy" that the rest of the sentence
means? For all I know, it could mean "the boy is standing" or "the boy is
smiling," how at all am I expected to decipher something like this??? I
don't recommend this unless you already know a bit of Chinese and you just
want to drill yourself or something. Otherwise give it a pass and try some
Pimsleur or something.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Great program AFTER you know some basic Chinese, October 27, 2004
I was initially using this program through Rosetta Stone's online
service (off and on for about a year). I went through the entire program
several times, but have decided that I like it enough and have finally
The program does not contain a single word in English and you'll get
nowhere fast relying only on the intuitive method. OK, the beginning
lessons that teach you just how to say simple words may be fine, but then
enter the "measure words" (if you don't know anything about measure words,
you'll feel lost because it will make no sense to you), and then enters a
word order which is simple, but somewhat different in Chinese.
You'll get out of all that confusion by using some basic grammar book and
a good pinyin dictionary. It will help you tremendously to move through
Rosetta Stone's program.
Now, that I've purchased this program, I was delighted that the two books
which are included contain pinyin as well as Chinese characters (both
simplified and long form). Even these characters will seem too much,
unless you have gone through some other books and programs learning how to
write them (I recommend Easy Chinese Tutor CD to begin with).
Now, that you're armed with all the additional tools, progressing through
this program will be a piece of cake. The first time I attempted to work
with Rosetta Stone, I got nowhere fast. So, I put it aside for a while and
went through the Pimsleur Program first - that helped tremendously.
That being said, this program is not geared toward absolute beginners -
you'll find it much more enjoyable after you have some basic Chinese under
The program will expand your vocabulary and help you to memorize lots of
words, after you already understand basic sentence structure and some
essential grammar in Chinese.
I have been using it in the same way I'd use watching movies in a foreign
language to enhance comprehension, learn more words and the use of those
words in different contexts. For beginner to intermediate student of
Chinese, working with Rosetta Stone program is simply much easier than the
comprehension you'll get from watching Chinese movies.