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Rosetta Stone French Personal Edition Level 1

Title: Rosetta Stone French 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 French Personal Edition Level 1

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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.
Item model number: 114-00
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars Based on 4 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars I like it, 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 French. It is great as a supplement to other methods of learning French. 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.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Their method works!, May 26, 2004

Reviewer:   William S. Cooper (Orinda, CA USA) 

The Rosetta Stone people believe in total immersion. Nothing is translated; all meanings are conveyed by a clever use of pictures. You see a french expression, hear it spoken, and see its meaning illustrated, all at the same time. The method works. It allows the English compartment of the mind to quiet down and the French to take over. I felt that I was absorbing french vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence patterns more efficiently with this program than by any other learning method I have tried.

For the most part the pictures make the meanings obvious, but when they don't you are on your own. I kept Google running in the background and used its translation facility to look up the occasional mysterious word. That usually worked, but the lack of English translations within the program is a design flaw in my opinion. Doubtless they would protest that including translations would go against the spirit of total immersion. Well, having to stop to look things up in a french-english dictionary is not total immersion either. But this flaw is not fatal. The program is so good otherwise that I was willing to put up with the inconvenience.

The method is not a complete approach in itself. No grammar is taught except for what you can figure out for yourself from the examples. French Now! by Transparent Language is another excellent program that complements it nicely. Rosetta Stone is expensive, but their "French Explorer" is modestly priced and provides a generous sampling of their fuller Level 1 and Level 2 programs. If you simply can't afford the fuller programs you might consider using French Explorer in conjunction with French Now!


7 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars only ok, June 19, 2003

Reviewer:   A software user (Washington DC)

All in all this program isn't bad but it doesn't seem to have anything on grammar. Without learning the grammar of a language it is almost pointless to learn it because you will sound like a fool to someone who knows the language. The only other program I have tried is French NOW by Transparent Language which is just as good as this program, has grammar turtorials, and is much more affordable.


35 of 37 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars You will be talking in no time., December 30, 2002

Reviewer:   "climbchick" (Folsom, CA USA) 

I have tried a variety of language software titles to learn to speak French and I was beginning to get rather frustrated. After several months, I was still unable to put together coherent sentences. That's pretty sad, considering I've taught English to a variety of ages for 4 years and have a strong grasp on sentence structure. However, there's good news! Within a few lessons, I was putting together ideas with Rosetta Stones' French tutorials. The program uses photographs to piecemeal together ideas. You feel much like a child exploring the world in a new language and you will find yourself thinking in French in no time! In addition, you don't have to sit through boring grammar lessons, it just comes naturally. I highly recommend this product, even though it is considerably more expensive than some of the others, it is well worth the price of admission.

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