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Rosetta Stone English (American) Level 1-5 Set

Platform : Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Windows 8, Windows XP

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  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Develop your command of the language--read, write, speak, and understand
  • Build vocabulary; negotiate complex situations; share ideas and opinions
  • Audio Companion for CD or MP3 player; learning application for iPhone or iPod Touch device
  • Language-enhancing games; live online lessons; includes headset with microphone
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  • ASIN: 1608299775
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tim Parker TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 19 2014
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I bought this for my wife, who is Chinese, and who has struggled with some aspects of English for the last five years. Her vocabulary is good, but her writing and reading were weak. We've tried other computer-based courses, to mixed results, while classroom courses tend to be most effective. So, when this was on sale, it was time to try it out on her.

The results were good. Although she had most of the vocabulary, knowing that probably helped her with the lessons about reading and writing more. She's worked her way through most of the 5 levels, and her English has gotten better. It hasn't been smooth sailing: she had some trouble picking up the software process from the start, and got frustrated when it would loop back to lessons she'd tried and did OK on (but not great) in the past. She didn't realize that the repetition was of those modules she didn't do well in, thinking instead the flow was more random (leading to some annoyances). It's hard to argue with the results, though. Her English writing and reading is considerably improved, while her spoken English is better. I don't think she would have made the same progress without a background of classroom lessons in English, but as a supplement RS was a good buy. It does take dedication and perseverance to get through all the levels, but there's no easy solution to learning a language. (As someone trying to learn Mandarin from scratch using RS, with no background vocabulary, I can attest that the learning curve can be immense for a total neophyte, and that's despite knowledge of six languages already.)

I am not sure I would have bought this at full price, but when on sale, I am glad I made the purchase. And my wife's improved English shows that this did help her, in the end. Whether she would have done as well just using RS alone, I can't say for sure, but I doubt it. As a supplement to other methods, though, this is worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Thorbjornsen on Jan. 11 2013
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Bought this tool to enhance the English as a Second Language Education program and it is amazing how fast the studnets are learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Moreault on Sept. 6 2013
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If you want to learn step-by-step a language, do not look any further. That's what you are looking for. Easy to follow instructions, well explained, etc.
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By Don on April 12 2014
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I would have like to pass an evaluation exam first before bying it. I'm very far from : Kick the ball Sandy. Yes Tom. But overall, for a beginner, need to have a certain vocabulary first...
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful
A great program for enhancing English fluency. But it still helps to crack a book, conjugate a few verbs, and study... March 18 2011
By APC Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Writing a review of Rosetta Stone English is problematic because, of course, the review is being written in English for an English language web site, for a product intended for persons who do not, as of yet, speak fluent English. That said, and assuming that a English speaking friend or Google Translate is helping someone read this, one might ask: Will using Rosetta Stone English allow you to say "I am amazed that I am able to speak fluent American accented English after using this program for only a few weeks! I will now go to America and speak with the Americans there as though I was born in California"?

Probably not. It is, however, a very useful and well thought out program.

The Rosetta Stone line of language products all share the same basic design and interface. The key to the Rosetta Stone system is the presentation of word and action associations, influenced by context. This simulates the sort of cues that one would parse and process in speaking any language, even your own native language. Normally, you don't think about this as you speak your own language. But it's one of the hardest things to simulate outside of dealing with a second language in its own country and having the chance to deal with real life situations involving speakers of the second language.

Each screen is accompanied by a phrase, spoken out loud by a native speaker in the program, and four slightly different picture scenes that require you to pick the one that the sentence is referring to. Beginning at a very basic level -- such as "the boy is under the tree" (in whatever language) with four pictures of a boy next to, under, in the limbs of and cutting down the tree -- your proficiency improves as you move through these basic cues to more advanced and complex speaking and contexts. By the end of the program you are dealing with fairly complex situations, sentences and associations.

The program also allows you to repeat the phrase and, using the supplied microphone, match and score your own pronunciation against the supplied sample. You can also test your ability to properly write out a second language by spelling out and typing the phrase, although the work arounds for using a US English QWERTY keyboard with the special characters and distinct keyboard layouts used by different languages can be awkward. There are several variations on all the visual, verbal and textual tests.

The most important question one must answer when considering this product is: will it, as the advertising suggests, be a magic gateway to language learning that is all you need? The answers is: sort of.

First, this is an expensive product. Make no mistake, when you pay for a heavily advertised product like this that you are, in part, paying the cost of the extensive advertising that brought it to your attention and put you in a mind to buy it.

Second, although Rosetta Stone is an extremely well thought out and useful system for review, practice, improving reaction times to prompts in other languages, and gaining fluency through exposure to variable contexts, it is not a complete language course.

I have purchased a load of different language courses for languages that I have wanted to study on my own, and I can say, at least for me, that using at least two or more different packages that compliment, reinforce and overlap with each other is always better than trying to learn everything with only the logic and pattern of one single course. Besides, you really do need to learn grammar and other parts of the subject that cannot really be covered by, or communicated well by, a single program, even one as well thought out as Rosetta Stone.

At some point you really do have to crack a book and do some regular studying and learning, even though Rosetta Stone strongly implies that you can be speaking away in a second language with nothing more than some time in front of your laptop.

Conclusion: whatever language you are wanting to study, seriously consider Rosetta Stone. But also seriously consider buying a Pimsleur and a Living Language course to go along with it, and seriously contemplate the very un-Rosetta Stone-ish subject of studying verb conjugation rules, grammar, usage and verb tables.

All together you will stand a much better chance of gaining real fluency, and not just the ability to distinguish if the boy is in, under or besides he tree, or if all of the people, two of the people, the two men or the three women in the picture are eating steak or drinking wine. It's all good, but no one product or course can do it all.
61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
A report from a Korean non-English speaker March 23 2011
By P. Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this to a friend. He is American and speaks English fluently. He also speaks Chinese and Korean. His wife, however, speaks only Korean. So this product was to help her learn English. What follows is the review of my friend after they had used this for about three weeks.

There a number of different products available in the market to teach foreign languages to the casual learner (i.e., someone who wants to learn a new language at his or her own pace in the comfort of his or her house as opposed to someone who takes a course for academic credits at an educational institution or online). Some of these products come in a single format (e.g., a book, a set of audio tapes or CDs, a podcast); other products combine two or more formats (e.g., a book and a set of CDs).

Rosetta Stone TOTALe language learning application attempts to go several steps further by utilizing the awesome capabilities of a computer with Internet access to present an integrated platform of learning formats that engages all of the primary cognitive skills and senses of the language learner, including sight, hearing, speech, visual and word recognition, writing/typing, and simulated and live conversation.

Rosetta Stone's TOTALe English (American) program has five levels, each of which contain different lessons covering a range of topics. You can purchase Level 1 as a stand alone unit (perhaps on a try-out basis if you are unsure if you want to plop down the money for the complete set that contains Levels 1 through 5), Level 1 & 2 as a set, Levels 1 through 3 as a set, or Levels 1 through 5 as a complete set.

Having tested out the trial version of one of Rosetta Stone's products previously, I decide to get the complete set of Rosetta Stone TOTALe (Version 4) English (American) (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Set) for my wife who is an English language learner.

Contents
Because the Rosetta Stone TOTALe language learning program is not inexpensive, I want to describe exactly what you will find in the box:
(1) One set of CD-ROMs containing five compact discs (one for each of the five Levels)
(2) Five sets of audio CDs (each set contains four CDs, one CD for each lesson unit contained in each Level)
(3) Headset and microphone
(4) Activation card for access to online tutorial and language learning games
(5) Quick Start booklet

Initial Set up
The process of installing the software is fairly easy. After choosing the native language for the installation instructions, you can install all five CD-ROMs sequentially when you first start the program or each CD-ROM as you progress through the program. After the software installation process, the user creates a user account.

CD-ROMs & Headset
The complete set contains five Levels presented in the form of a CD-ROM for each Level. Each Level contains four units, each filled with a series of topics and exercises that engages the learner to learn the English language through developing pronunciation and vocabulary skills, learning phrases and sentences, and engaging in speech and conversation. Most of the topics are those that you would expect to find in a language learning program: basics words and phrases, such as age and family relations; questions, greetings, introductions; telling time, calendar terms, the weather; directions, locations, dining out; emotions, opinions, ideas; political, media, business terms; arranging home repairs; planning to move abroad; discussing the arts and tourism; careers and conducting interviews; and problem-solving and commercial transactions.

Many of the exercises require the learner to recognize and analyze relationships between the words displayed and spoken, on one hand, and the pictures displayed on the screen, on the other hand. Other exercises require the learner to repeat words, phrases, and sentences using the headset and microphone that is provided by Rosetta Stone and utilizing Rosetta Stone's speech recognition technology, which I found to be fairly accurate. Lastly, there are other exercises that require the learner to type the words, phrases, and sentences that the learner is learning using a computer keyboard or the virtual keyboard on the screen.

Because the learner's responses are tracked by the software, the learner can view his or her progress through each of these exercise. Furthermore, the learner can also go back to any exercise in any lesson at any time to review and redo that exercise, which should greatly aid the learner in the overall learning experience.

There are three key aspects of the software program that I found lacking. First, the absence of any instructions (let alone instructions in the learners native language) about what the learner is supposed to do in each of the exercises (e.g., whether the learner is supposed to click on the picture that matches the phrase or repeat the phrase that the learner hears) can be frustrating, especially if the learner is not computer-savvy. But after going through the first unit in Level 1, the learner should be able to navigate through the rest of the software program with relative ease.

Second, the software program does not provide a dictionary (whether as feature integrated into the lessons or as a separate feature that the learner can consult to look up the definition of words that he or she is learning.) I suppose that somebody who is learning a new language will probably have a dictionary on his or her shelf, but having access to a dictionary in the Rosetta Stone software program could come in handy.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the absence of instructions on formal grammar rules may tend to hinder the process of learning a new language. The exercises contained in the software program require the learner to actively think and to a large extent figure out the grammatical relationship between the words in a sentence. Having had the experience of studying a foreign language to a level of basic proficiency myself, I believe that understanding the grammatical structure of sentence not only help the learner learn a new language better. I suggest that Rosetta Stone produce basic grammar lessons that purchasers of the software program can download as a document from the company's website as a way to improve what is already a pretty comprehensive platform for learning a new language.

Other Features: Online tutorial and Mobile Companion
At the end of each Level, the learner is prompted to access the online tutorial and engage in further learning with a live tutor. While I have not had the opportunity to test out this feature, I would agree that the ability to engage in live conversation with another person can only help you learn a new language better.

One last feature that is offered by Rosetta Stone is the Mobile Companion, which is a learning application that the learner can download to an iPhone or iPod Tough to continue the learning process. After installing and logging into the Mobile Companion application on my iPhone 3GS, I received a message stating the "[t]here are no Languages available." I will provide an update for this review after I have the opportunity to contact Rosetta Stone to figure out a solution to this problem.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great teaching methodology March 30 2011
By James Beswick - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this from Vine, but since I already speaking English as a first language, I gave to a friend of a friend who has practically no usable English. He's been using the product for about 4-6 weeks now and there's an appreciable improvement in both the sentence construction and accent. The course itself is massive, and there's enough to material to spend 3-6 months at an hour or so a day.

The Rosetta Stone method may not be for everyone, since there's a lack of formal grammar training and it makes no attempt to explain anything in the speaker's native language (it works by matching pictures with words and phrases). But from what I can see, if you practice regularly and follow the exercises, there's no doubt that you can significantly improve your conversational and basic writing abilities in the language very quickly.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
RIP OFF! July 9 2013
By spa - Published on Amazon.com
So, after I purchased the 5 level program for over $500, I was quite surprised to find out that if I wanted Rosetta Stone on my iphone or tablet that I would have to download the Totale application. Ok, No big deal right? WRONG! Rosetta Stone charges $25 per month to use it even though I paid full price for the 5 CD program. The rep over the phone tried to rebut my complaint by stating that it costs Rosetta Stone a lot of money to provide streaming material. Give me a break! I pay $7 per month for Netflix and can stream unlimited movies to my iphone, tablet, home computer or television at no extra charge. When you charge over $500 for a program, the app should be included free of charge. Get with the times Rosetta Stone! ...Feeling completely ripped off!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not your regular book learning March 22 2011
By wann - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Having been in a couple of language learning courses in the past, you're usually provided a statement in the language you're learning, and, if you're just beginning, often given the statement translated in your native language to look at in reference so you know what's being said. Rosetta Stone skips the option of giving you the translation in your native language, instead forcing you to only read and listen to the new language to figure out the meaning while you look at pictures to match up to the statements. This can be a bit frustrating if you're used to being able to reference the meaning in your native language as a fail-safe when you're unsure about the new language, but I've found the Rosetta Stone method really is more effective in FORCING you to take the new language in. This method really is the most effective when you're learning on your own without the help of teachers and/or assignments that usually do the forcing for you. I, personally, would still like to see an optional "hidden translation" button for those moments you just want to make sure what you think it means is what it really means (even if it seems obvious).

I used this English software to help my immigrant mother who has struggled with English all her life. Hearing the words spoken repeatedly really boosted her confidence in her own way of speaking and level of understanding. Learning from books, she never felt confident in practicing what she "learned" in public since she didn't have professional guidance going through it. This is the next best thing to an expensive, lengthy in-person course. The interactivity of the software also helped keep her interest in learning higher than just flipping through pages of a book one after another.

If you're learning languages on your own and want to be able to learn at your own pace, I would definitely recommend trying Rosetta Stone.

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