Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1
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- Learn to read, write, and speak in Chinese (Mandarin) with Rosetta Stone.
- Build upon a foundation of key Chinese (Mandarin) 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 Chinese (Mandarin) 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 Chinese (Mandarin) language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
- Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Learn basic Chinese (Mandarin) conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more. Learn Chinese today with Rosetta Stone.
- Platform: Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
Amazon.ca Product Description
Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping, and much more.
From the Manufacturer
On Windows: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
On Mac: Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
1 GB of RAM or higher
3 GB free hard-drive space (per level)
1024 x 768 display resolution
Broadband Internet connection
Available port for headset with microphone (not included)
From the Manufacturer
Discover the new Rosetta Stone Level 1 experience
Millions of people around the world have already learned a new language with our award-winning approach. It's no coincidence that Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language. Our method is effective because it's more than the newest app—it's the result of decades of research into the way people learn best.
With Level 1 you build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Begin to learn and speak with confidence. Master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more.
Rosetta Stone Level 1
Live Conversation Sessions
What will you learn?
Gain confidence by mastering basic conversational skills. This includes greetings, introductions, simple Q&A's, and much more.
Hello, how are you?
What is your name?
Nice to meet you.
Where are you from?
My name is David Brown.
This is my friend Anna.
Excuse me, do you speak Chinese?
How much does the gray sweater cost?
I am buying the sweater because I'm visiting my grandmother this afternoon.
I want to pay with a credit card.
You’ll learn through immersion—which means you’ll only hear and speak your new language. Without offering your native language for translation, our interactive immersion encourages you to learn more actively than other methods, which means you’ll be more successful.
Our advanced system presents material at the right intervals to optimize your individual learning. The curriculum is sequenced to introduce new skills in a way that stimulates your brain’s natural language learning ability.
Advanced speech recognition technology analyzes every syllable, whenever you speak.
Does the Rosetta Stone solution work?
- Millions of learners around the world have discovered a language with the Rosetta Stone solution—from individuals to corporate clients such as NASA, the US State Department, and more than 10,000 schools.
Rosetta Stone's Advanced Features
Rosetta Studio introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. Supercharge your learning and experience everything communicating live has to offer.
Rosetta World is a lively online community where ramping up your language skills looks a lot like playing games. Reinforce what you've learned by having a live online chat, or facing off against new friends around the world. Chances are, you'll be having so much fun, you won't realize how much you're improving.
Rosetta Stone on the Go
Learn and practice on the go-or sync and track your progress across multiple devices. Our available mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and smartphones make it easy.
Ready to dive in?
If you want to learn to swim, you need to get in the water.
It's the same with learning to speak another language. Without your native language for help, you'll learn actively—which makes you more successful.
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Unfortunately.... it is saddled with the most onerous copy protection I have yet encountered. It is so dreadful that it drops my rec straight from 5 star to 2 star.
Basically you can only install it twice. Hard drive dies? That counts as one. Upgrade your OS? Counts as one. There is a "de-activate" function which supposedly returns one of the licenses, but you can only do that if you remember beforehand, or there is not a technical difficulty that prevents it. The one time I was in a position to try the "de-activate" feature it did not return the license.
After you run out of your two installs you then have to call their technical support for each and every install after. If you are a tech type who upgrades systems and OSes frequently this literally results in HOURS of extra overhead spent on the line with indian tech support to get your licenses reinstated. Hope you kept your proof of purchase all that time as well, without it you now have a $200 yellow coaster.
It's important to realize that when using Rosetta Stone, you are not supposed to completely understand the words/phrases when you hear them the first time, or even the second or third. You're not supposed to know the answers before the software asks you to interact. Rosetta Stone forces your mind to grasp at possible meanings until you puzzle it out, and when you do finally puzzle it out, a light bulb flashes on and true comprehension takes place.
Rosetta Stone integrates failure and 'learning by trial and error' directly into the program which, for me, makes the vocabulary and usage far more concrete in my head than being told what something means then picking it out of a list. What good does that do?
If you pay attention to the pictures and the context in which they are displayed, you really can intuit the meanings of the words and phrases. After you fail to choose the correct answers then finally get it right, this stuff will be burned into your memory because you've been actively engaged in the 'discovery of the language. Exactly like a kid does. Exactly what Rosetta Stone claims.
To summarize: you can't sit there and passively learn the language. Rosetta Stone won't download it into your brain. You have to actively interpret what you're seeing with what's being said in the new language. It's amazing how much language and nuance can be assimilated in this way.
Language acquisition research has shown motivation to be one of the highest factors of success in learning a language. Rosetta stone is extremely demotivating. It does not teach practical language. If they included basic survival conversations from the very beginning, this would be a much better product, however the developers have chosen instead to recreate an experience of using an extremely large and onerous set of flashcards.
I had used Rosetta stone for four months. I saw very little progress in my ability to actually use the language. Then in Shanghai I bought a simple textbook for about $5 that used dialogues with an audio CD included. I studied this for a week and my Chinese ability skyrocketed. This was because I was learning the simple survival language that humans use everyday and I desperately needed.
Don't believe the marketing hype. A child learns their first language over a period of about 7 years. A baby can learn a bunch of random vocabulary words and simple grammatical structures without needing to say things like where is the bathroom? The child just has to cry and someone figures out what is wrong. Most adults would like to avoid sitting in a restaurant and crying until someone figures out they need to use the bathroom. It is extremely demotivating to know how to say "He takes the red flowers" but not be able to say "I want a glass of water please". Buy a $20 textbook with an audio CD. Go through the lessons and listen to the conversations on the audio CD. Use the rest of your money to pay a tutor to speak chinese with you. You will learn Chinese and any other language much faster this way.
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