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Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 8

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Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 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.
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Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older. Product only compatible with Windows 7, 8 and above, or Mac 10.7 and above.

System Requirements

Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Platform:    Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 7.3 x 19.4 cm ; 544 g
  • ASIN: 1608299627
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Edition:Chinese (Mandarin) 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.

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0f26384) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
163 of 166 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1652adc) out of 5 stars Content Protection Nov. 18 2011
By S. Brown - Published on
Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
The program itself is great. The immersion works well, and it is entertaining to puzzle through new words via their scenarios. Voice recognition is top notch as well. It's a great learning tool.

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.
129 of 131 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1004c00) out of 5 stars Understand How This Works May 8 2011
By D. Rech - Published on
Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
Many people complain about no English translations on the screen when you hear new words and phrases.

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.
63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa106e5b8) out of 5 stars Totale Companion charge unjustified Jan. 11 2012
By P. L. Garrett - Published on
Edition: Chinese (Mandarin) Verified Purchase
I have purchased the Mandarin Level 1 to evaluate Rosetta Stone, and although I find the system excellent, I was shocked to see that i cannot use the Totale Companion feature on my iPad and iPhone without a monthly charge after a three month trial. As I travel a great deal, one of the reasons I went for Rosetta Stone was to have many of its features as well on a mobile device. At $179 for the software for you to charge a monthly fee for the app is wholly unjustified. As a result I shall not purchase advanced lessons from Rosetta Stone. Instead I shall search for a competitive product that offers a mobile app with unlimited use and that I, and other disatisfied users, will eventually find. Competition will out you and In the end you will be the losers.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63d8828) out of 5 stars Learning methods not based on language aquisition research July 23 2013
By Stan - Published on
Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
I enthusiastically tried to use this product when learning Chinese in China while working as an English teacher. Day after day I sat down with this product, and went through the level one modules. The problem with learning language becomes immediately apparent when you realize you can say things like "these are two boys" or "the table has five plates" but cannot say tho most basic survival phrases such as "Hello my name is_______". Also I encountered a phenomenon where I could remember the words when using Rosetta stone, but not in real life on the streets and in the classroom. I thought I was a terrible language learner.

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.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0dc3894) out of 5 stars it expires in two years July 15 2013
By david18920 - Published on
Edition: Chinese (Mandarin)
After I brought this program, I did not use it until two years later, to my horror it said the program needs to be renew, it expired! I need to buy another new program. I call customer support, and they want me to buy another same program. I would never buy rossetta stone again.