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Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1-3 Set

by Rosetta Stone
Windows 7 / 8 / XP, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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  • From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions in Arabic. Develop the Arabic language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share your ideas and opinions. Learn Arabic today with Rosetta Stone.
  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Arabic with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key Arabic vocabulary, words, and phrases.
  • Rosetta Stone moves forward when you are ready. You drive the pace. You set the schedule.
  • Practice live online with a native Arabic speaking tutor, and have access to the Rosetta Stone online learning community.
  • Take the Rosetta Stone experience with you while on-the-go, free 3 month trial included. Build your Arabic language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / 8 / XP, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Frequently Bought Together

Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1-3 Set + Rosetta Stone French Level 1-5 Set
Price For Both: CDN$ 449.49

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Communicate and connect around the world. Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Develop the language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share ideas and opinions in your new language.

What Will I Learn

 
This level will help you:
  • Build your vocabulary and language abilities
  • Spell and write accurately
  • Speak without a script
  • Retain what you've learned
  • Read and understand your new language
  • Share ideas and opinions, express feelings and talk about everyday life
Sample topics include:
  • The basics, such as age and family relations
  • Questions, greetings, introductions
  • Times of day, calendar terms, the weather
  • Directions, locations, telling time
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Apologies and polite requests
  • How to order at a restaurant and give and receive directions
  • Emotions, opinions and ideas
  • Political, media, business and religious terms

What Do I Get?

Interactive Software

Our award-wining version, complete with proprietary speech recognition technology.

Audio Companion

For your CD or MP3 player so you can review while on the go.

Headset with Microphone

For use with our state-of- the-art speech-recognition software.

Live Online Lessons NEW

Practice sessions led by native speaking tutors.

Games & Community NEW

Language-enhancing games move you towards real-world proficiency.

Mobile Companion NEW

Learning application for your iPhone or iPod Touch device.

Our Method

Our Method

Recreate the natural way you learned your first language and reveal skills that you already have using Dynamic Immersion. This award-winning method has been adopted by countless organizations, schools and millions of users around the world.

Learn Naturally: Discover how to speak, read, write, and understand--all without translating or memorizing. Our award-winning solution recreates how you learned your first language, unlocking your natural abilities.

Speak Confidently: Perfect your pronunciation with speech-recognition technology. Gain the confidence in your new voice as you practice with other learners in our exclusive online community and participate in online sessions coached by native tutors.

Immerse Yourself: Be surrounded by your new language. From core lessons to online sessions, Rosetta Stone gets you engaged and interacting with others.

Stay Motivated: Experience accomplishment with each moment of achievement; with dedicated success agents you will never lose sight of your language-learning goals.

Your Natural Ability. Awakened.

Natural Discovery

Learning your first language is as natural as smiling. Effortless. Rewarding. Every step in Rosetta Stone feels like that. Clear, compelling images appear precisely, in juxtaposition, conveying meaning. Intuitively, you just know what it means.

  • Our puzzle-like environments--a systematic presentation of sounds, images, and text--help learners absorb meaning intuitively.
Natural Discovery
Rosetta Stone's award-winning software, where you will interact by speaking, clicking, selecting phrases and writing.
Speech Activation
Speech Activation
Rosetta Stone's proprietary speech-recognition technology provides immediate and ongoing feedback.

Build your confidence and polish your pronunciation skills with state-of-the-art speech-recognition technologies and success-filled dialogues.

  • Our software provides immediate and ongoing assessments of your speech through Actionable Feedback, which helps you pronounce syllables, words and sentences correctly and easily.
  • Based on a collection of literally millions of speech samples, our proprietary speech-recognition algorithms and speech models were engineered with a singular purpose--to help you communicate with accuracy, confidence and ease.
Native Socialization
Native Socialization
Language-learning games will keep you motivated along the way.

Practice with native speakers in our live interactive sessions and our online community. Every conversation gives you the confidence to communicate in your new language.

  • For many, traditional language-learning fails because it lacks real conversation. With Rosetta Stone you'll play games and chat with native speakers and other learners in our online language community.
  • Hundreds of native-speaking tutors trained in the Rosetta Stone method are ready to help reinforce the language you're learning through live, online conversations. From Day One you'll be speaking your new language with confidence and ease.

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Connect with the world. Learn language fundamentals from greetings and introductions to simple questions and answers. Give and get directions, tell time, and dine out. Share your opinions, and talk about everyday life: your interests, your work, current events, and more.

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
271 of 281 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just had to respond May 17 2011
By Benjamin R. Greene - Published on Amazon.com
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I almost didn't buy this product due to the highly negative review on this site that I read that discusses the issue of it teaching a very "formal" version of the language and said it was totally worthless. However, after trying some other approaches, I purchased it anyway and gave it a shot. I am so happy I did. It is by far the most effective Arabic teaching tool I have discovered. It has been a joy to learn from Rosetta Stone Arabic.

Let me just begin by saying that George's very negative review makes some valid observations. I think a little explanation of the Arabic language is in order. The Arabic spoken in the street, unlike in English, is very different than the Arabic spoken in formal situations like religious sermons or on television by news reporters. Formal Arabic, known as "fusaha", and also commonly called Modern Standard Arabic, is similar to the classical Arabic used in the Quran and is very different than the type of Arabic used by everyday people in comon situations. Morever, the street dialects of Arabic vary from region to region and are mutually unintelligible. A Lebanese and a Yemeni will not be able to talk together unless they use the formal Arabic, and neither will a Moroccan and a Syrian. But if both are educated, they can use Modern Standard Arabic to communicate.

The questions are really two-fold: One, for what purpose are you learning the language and two, what are the resources at your disposal? If I knew I wanted to learn a specific dialect, say, the type used in Beirut, and that dialect only, perhaps for family reasons, and I had the money to move there and take classes in that dialect, I would absolutely go there and do so. But it is unfair to denigrate Rosetta Stone for not offering such specific courses. Rosetta Stone will never be able to teach all the different dialects in the Arab world. There just simply isn't the demand to make it worthwhile for them. If your purpose is that specific, George is absolutely correct: Save the money you would have spent on Rosetta Stone and just fly there and take classes.

I am studying Arabic to speak to people from different regions, to watch the news, and to read books. For that pupose, the Arabic taught by Rosetta Stone is perfect. And the method they use is incredibly effective. I am learning lots of Arabic every day. And I simply do not have the time, money, or even the interest to spend the next two years overseas learning to speak Arabic like a local. True, I will never fool the next guy over at the cafe in Cairo into asking where in Egypt I grew up. But that isn't my goal.

And believe me, you could do a lot worse. I first tried learning Arabic on my own. Impossible. The grammar is so complex you will absolutely never figure it out on your own. Books can't explain it. And then I invested in an extremely expensive online course taught by an "expert" which cost approximately double Rosetta Stone. Worthless. It was so complex it made Arabic sound like nuclear physics. And the instructor teaches using Arabic words and terms much of the time, so unless you know already lots of complex Arabic grammatical terms, forget it. I will not dignify that program by mentioning the name here so as to deprive it of undeserved publicity.

I swear on my sacred honor I am not affiliated with Rosetta Stone. I don't have any investment in their company, I don't work for them, I just bought their product and am using it. My only purpose in writing this review is to guide other people interested in learning Arabic to a really effective and fun product and away from other paths that are much less useful.
266 of 290 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars World's most interesting flash cards, but that's all. Feb. 20 2011
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, I do actually own this product, and I have also been a student of Arabic for some years now. I really would not recommend Rosetta Stone products for non-European languages for several reasons, but I focus on the Arabic here (and I assume the learner is a native English speaker):

-The type of Arabic this teaches you is called Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or Fusha. This is the "higher register" of Arabic which is used in formal settings by the educated class: the news, academics, some clerics, most literature. Generally, Arabic speakers use a local dialect of Arabic, which is very, very different from this version of the language. For instance: imagine reading a work of Medieval "Middle" English. The language would be mostly quasi-familiar English words, but most of the usage, pronunciation, and grammar would seem tricky, overly complex, or old-fashioned. You would be able to understand some of it, but would miss a bit, too. "The sky is blue" would be like "de heofon ist hewn bleu." MSA is like that to 90% of Arabic speakers: not totally gibberish, but not approachable either. Don't misunderstand me though, all Arabic learners should learn MSA, but know that you won't be speaking it much.

-The reverse is also a problem. You can speak all the MSA you want (from Rosetta Stone or elsewhere) but almost no one will speak it back to you, and some people will literally laugh in your face for speaking that way. None of the living dialects of Arabic are that close to MSA, so even if you memorized every word of Rosetta Stone Arabic, you would not be able to understand almost anyone who didn't go to university.

-To make matters even weirder, Rosetta Stone Arabic included the highly complicated case endings (called Iraab) on all the words. That is to say, there are certain changes to the last vowels of most words in the most formal of formal Arabic literature, like the Qur'an, the Bible, and poetry. These case endings mark what part of speech is being used, so for example "kitaab" is "book," "kitaabun" is "book" if it is the subject of the sentence, "kitaabi" is "book" if it is direct object, "kitaaba" is "book" if it is in a prepositional phrase, etc. It is very complex and NO ONE EVER, EVER SPEAKS THAT WAY, even in MSA. Iraab use is technically correct, but even native speakers get confused by it (and rightly so). Not only does it not reflect any normal Arabic speech, because Rosetta Stone does not explain any grammar directly, I seriously doubt anyone would be able to sort out the meanings of the case endings just from context. This one was a major blunder that is mind-boggling for such an expensive product.

-More on the grammar bit: it is great that Rosetta Stone wants to avoid speaking English, but Arabic grammar is not intuitive for English speakers. Therefore, unless you already have a fair bit of Arabic grammar, you will be completely confused. For example, in Arabic there is a system of root letters that make up most words. The pattern of these roots changes depending on meaning, so if a book is "green" it is "akhdar," but if a car is "green" it is "khadr'." Unless you already know that Arabic has a masculine/feminine gender system, and a root for greeness based on the letters kh-d-r, you would not be able to deduce what was happening (I really, really doubt it anyway.) Arabic has lots of grammar that throws English speakers for a loop and needs to be explained directly and in detail: there are tons of ways to pluralize, a "dual" case between singular and plural, a very different sentence structure, and on and on.

-There is no cultural context provided, which is really strange. Why would I need to know the word for "sandwich" in the formal register of Arabic? Why does it teach how to say someone is "Russian" or "Japanese" and not how to say they are "Jordanian," "Saudi Arabian," or "Moroccan"?

I could only imagine two reasons someone would find Rosetta Stone Arabic useful:
1. If they already spoke some Arabic and wanted a refresher course in the more formal parts of the language, which I guess could happen.
2. They wanted to focus specifically on Arabic literature of some sort and already had some familiarity with Arabic grammar and syntax.

Do not buy this product if:
1. You want to learn Arabic from scratch on your own. You will learn nothing at all, I swear.
2. You are traveling to the Arab world and want some basic speaking skills.
3. You want to learn about Arab culture or the language's use and history.

I didn't intend to rant but this is a very expensive product and it really is not worth the cd its copied on. If you want to learn MSA or one of the many dialects (or better yet, both), get a dictionary, a class, and a plane ticket.
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please, please know what you're buying Feb. 17 2013
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Please read this before investing in this product.

I've studied Arabic for 3 years. I started my Arabic studies with a brief stint using Rosetta Stone, and I'm afraid that the glowing reviews on Amazon are clearly written by people who haven't spent any time in an Arabic-speaking country. The Arabic taught in Rosetta Stone is Al-FusHa, which roughly means "Elegant Arabic". That may sound like a pleasant way to start your studies, but if you wish to actually speak with Arabs, I strongly recommend that you refrain from investing in this product. Let's say you manage to finish the full three-level course. If you were to try and engage someone in conversation on the streets of Cairo or Dubai, you would sound something like this:

O Sir! Hast thou the hour?
(Translation: What time is it?)

Here's the kicker: they will barely, if at all, understand you. If they do understand, they giggle hysterically.

Here's the double kicker: You won't understand anyone. At all.

The problem is that learning a language requires active use of acquired knowledge by speaking, and the Arabic taught in Rosetta Stone is not spoken ANYWHERE in the Arab world except in prepared news reports by Al-Jazeera. It is a contrived spoken form that is based on the writing system. Rosetta Stone incorporates all the "case endings" which essentially are vowels at the end of each word that denote whether it is the subject, indirect object, direct object, adverb, etc. Case endings are archaic and very rarely spoken. You will spend months un-learning the case endings. Even the vocabulary is outdated. If you want to read the Qur'an, then by all means go for it. However, if communicating with Arabs, rather than translating old texts, is your goal, you should go down the other routes available:

1.) When starting from scratch, you can't do better than the book w/ DVD's Alif-Baa, which teaches the alphabet, basic vocabulary, and verbs.

2.) Pimsleur has good audio courses for Egyptian and Eastern Arabic. Michel Thomas Method Arabic is absolutely excellent but focuses exclusively on Egyptian Arabic (which is the most widely understood dialect), and doesn't teach the writing system.

3.) Google "GLOSS" by the Defense Language Institute. It's totally free and has more Arabic material by dialect than any resource I've found yet. However, it assumes that the learner is at a lower-intermediate level of study.

4.) Sign up for a free account at [...] (by Rosetta Stone) or [...], where you can find Arabs who will be happy to help you if you just help them with their English a little (75% of the users will speak English almost fluently). Plus, they can help answer some of the pesky questions you will come across. Talking via skype is one of the best ways to learn the language without a visa, and it's free.

5.) Al-kitaab fii ta'allum al-'Arabiyya is the best series for learning enough Arabic so that you can effectively communicate with most Arab people. They focus on Formal Spoken Arabic and they have plenty of good information on how the spoken dialects (especially Egyptians) differ from what they're teaching you. It's a classroom textbook, so you MUST buy the Answer Key that is also available on Amazon. Otherwise, you won't know if you're right or wrong about anything.

6.) Buy the Hans Wehr Arabic-English dictionary. There is no getting around this.

7.) Check out the free podcasts on iTunes for Arabic Students. They're pretty good, especially for learning how to phrase thing more naturally and understanding flow-of-speech discourse.

And finally, the best advice ANYONE can give you about learning Arabic... drum-roll, please...

8.) If you are intent on learning Arabic, the best approach is some combination of the above recommendations that suits your specific goals. Arabic has a vast vocabulary and has some grammatical conventions according to region, so think about how you want to use it. Any combination of the resources listed above will get you further along than RS Arabic at about half the cost or less. In my experience, the reward of learning a new language is the ability to communicate with new people, which no amount of RS Arabic will enable you to do.

Lastly, don't shell out about a thousand dollars based on the review of a 19 year old kid who is getting a minor in Arabic. He's going to realize sooner or later that when it comes to communication, the Arabic taught in Rosetta Stone is to Spoken Arabic as a Shakespearean Comedy is to 30 Rock: One is something that is taught in classrooms as funny, whereas the other is something that actually is.

Good Luck!
54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely works as advertised. Oct. 1 2010
By G. Feldman - Published on Amazon.com
I completed all three levels of this course. Then Rosetta Stone upgraded to V4 TOTALe which is even better. I learned French in College and this is 10x better, easier and more fun. The immersion approach, not getting any translations, is hard to adjust to but I recomend simply "let the tool do the work" and you will start to "get it". As it all starts to sink in, you will find that it "sticks". If you just cannot stand not knowing, I recommend the "Visual Arabic English Dictonary" as a supplement. Also, if you look around at Rosetta Stone, they have the curricula in PDF form for all their languages including English. So that course is very similar to the Arabic and you can use the two PDF documents as a "Cheat sheet" but try not to.

I would say that each of the levels takes about 40-50 hours to complete. You should then expect to review these levels periodically, using the review feature, every few weeks for a few hours. To be really effective, I think you should be ready to spend at least 5-6 hours, preferably 7+ per week. If life intervenes, at least use the review feature to keep your mind on what you learned. Stick with it and you will be rewarded. I suggest getting all three levels. If you enjoy it, you will want all levels. If you don't, Rosetta Stone has a no questions asked return policy in the first six months.

For soldiers preparing for overseas duty, know that you are more likely to encounter Pashto and Urdu in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Arabic is spoken in Iraq and essentially all Muslim countries west of there except Turkey. This course is useful none-the-less as it is he core language of this culture. You will, for example, be able to understand Arabic news and web sites.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's what works for me... April 12 2011
By Bob Tobias - Published on Amazon.com
First a little bit about me... I am BAD at languages. I've taken classes in French, Spanish, and Hebrew; in each case passing was a struggle. The singular exception well in 2nd year high school (honors) Spanish but that has more to do with the teacher being the shot-put and discus coach and me being able to toss a lump of lead a reasonable distance. But, I digress.

For the past few years I've been struggling to learn Arabic. Just my luck, to be one of the world's worst language students trying to learn one of the hardest "popular" languages. In that time I've accumulated just about every audio and computer-based Arabic instructional program. Among those was this Rosetta Stone program which I found not very effective, and Arabic (Egyptian), Q&S: Learn to Speak and Understand Egyptian Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs which after listening to it a lot, wasn't all that bad.

Then I took a class in "Conversational Arabic" that drilled the alphabet and basic reading skills. (Go figure) The result was to come away with rudimentary reading skills.

The reason I explained all that was because now I'm going through this program again and find it quite effective. Rosetta Stone does teach reading and writing as part of the program but in a way that just didn't resonate with me. However, entering the lessons knowing a little bit about how words are formed and pronounced makes the entire process more effective.

Their claim is that they present a foreign language in the same way the children learn it. However, most people using the system are not children, or at least not very young children, and may find dealing with a very confusing written alphabet (for most people who are not familiar with it and even a few who are) along with strange vocabulary and confounding grammar to be overwhelming.

One final note, this program is offered with a six month return policy from Rosetta Stone and I'm not sure it that applies to Amazon purchases.

Bottom line: Some may find this a more effective way to learn Arabic if you spend the time to learn basic reading and writing first.

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