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:
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Sometimes you get what you pay for..., March 11, 2004
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:
Userful for Learning Italian, October 29, 2004
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:
Save your money -- avoid this product, July 29, 2004
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:
Love Rosetta stone Italian software, September 13, 2002
||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.