Rosetta Stone French Level 1-2 Set
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- Learn to read, write, and speak in French with Rosetta Stone.
- Build upon a foundation of key French 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 French 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 French language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
- Learn fundamental French vocabulary and essential language structure from greetings and introductions to simple questions and their answers. Gain the confidence to talk about your environment such as giving and getting directions, telling time, dining out, shopping, and enjoying basic social interactions. Learn French today with Rosetta Stone.
- Platform: Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Build a foundation and navigate your surroundings. Learn fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure from greetings and introductions to simple questions and their answers. Gain the confidence to talk about your environment and enjoy basic social interactions – giving and getting directions, telling time, shopping, dining out, and 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)
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The brilliance of the Rosetta Stone approach is that it skips right to the idea of watch and listen. The program starts by showing photographs, showing you the word, and letting you hear the word. You're then shown, for example, a picture of a boy, a girl, a cat, a dog, and you see and hear "une fille". You then click on the picture of the girl, and it takes you to the next set of images. (If you get wrong answers, it will repeat them later.) Later you'll see a picture of a girl running, one jumping, etc., and you'll learn to construct sentences in the same way.
The cleverest part of this program is the way it teaches you new words, since everything is in French (or whatever language you're studying). Suddenly you'll get the pictures of a boy, a girl, a cat, and a car. You then see and hear "une voiture", a word you've not heard before. Since "car" is the only image you haven't seen before either, you now know that car is "voiture". So, you are learning vocabulary by reasoning, rather than memorizing.
Retaining vocabulary when I was first learning German was the most difficult part for me. Since doing the Rosetta Stone French program, I have remembered every new word I've learned, even weeks after having last seen it. I'm sure this "reasoning" approach is why.
It's worth the money, if you're serious about learning a foreign language. It is true, if you need to learn correct speaking and writing for business or other professional endeavors, that you'll eventually need supplemental grammar and vocabulary training, but after finishing these courses you'll be able to do that on your own, and probably even entirely in French, if you wish.
One negative thing about the system, was that it took an extremely long time to download the 1st disc but once I finally got passed that everything else has been great.
I've tried Rosetta Stone (the lower priced French Explorer edition, now discontinued, with the first 22 lessons of Level 1 plus the first few lessons of 50 other languages as a teaser, $29) and found it educational but boring. I took a glance at some of the other language lessons in the 50-languages samples and discovered that they were all clones of each other, with the same lessons and pictures only with a different language spoken over them and printed over the picture. I didn't like it so I tried Fluenz.
I had the exact OPPOSITE customer service experience with Fluenz. I bought my copy Fluenz French 1+ 2 "used" on Amazon for a significant discount. It was not a pirated copy but the original disks. However, because it was a used copy: the seller had lost the tiny "phrase book" (a very minor issue); it was not the latest version; I did not get the registration key (not needed to use the product, but needed to use the web site for extra materials, including downloadable audio lessons and needed to download updates). The version I had purchased was version 1.1. At the time, the latest version was 2.1 (it's now 2.5).
I called customer service and asked how to get my user registration key and how to upgraded to version 2.1. They explained that they only provide that on purchases made directly from them -- HOWEVER, "since you like our product so much and made an honest mistake", they created a new registration code for me AND they shipped me a new "red box" (basically the entire kit) including CD with version 2.1 for the cost of shipping. My new user registration ID allowed me to go to a "customer only" web page where I could order the latest version for $10 to cover shipping and materials costs. I've since been able to upgrade, again, to 2.5. In addition, as a "past customer" I was able to take an addition $100 of, their already reduced-for-cyber-Monday-2011, price for Fluenz French 3+4+5 (usually, $519; Cyber Monday sale price, $398; $398 - $100 = $298).
So, although, like the other reviewer, I bought my language tools from an "Amazon vendor", I had to problem with customer service or with getting Fluenz to accept me as one of their own customers. What's more, I can install the software on as many PCs or Macs as I like and I get the upgrades and any new materials, such as, downloadable to CD audio lessons and podcasts for life. Rosetta only allows one install on one PC or Mac and no transferring or removing from one and installing on another. The one you install it on is the one for life. Buy a new PC or Mac and want to move the software there? It seems the only choice is to buy another copy of the product.
Just a final note. While the customer service from Fluenz is the exact opposite of Rosetta Stone, none of that would matter if the product was poor. I have to say that the Fluenz product is very good. I find Fluenz engaging and fun. I feel like I'm personally in the room with Sonia Gil and her French speaking friend getting a private lesson. She even makes eye contact with you during the lesson which, I believe, helps get her message across better.
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