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Rosetta Stone French Level 1-2 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
  • Learn fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure; navigate your surroundings
  • Build intermediate-level conversational skills; spell and write accurately; speak without a script
  • 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
Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older.

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

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Learning like a child Aug. 15 2011
By Jeffery Cotton - Published on Amazon.com
I already speak pretty fluent German, which I learned in the traditional ways: I took classes, I studied the grammar, I did vocabulary flash cards. I then moved to Germany for two years of study. It wasn't until I arrived that I discovered I had the vocabulary of a 5 year old, and that my pronunciation was pretty awful. It was very frustrating, until I allowed myself to simply watch, listen and learn. Just like a 5 year old does.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
So far, so good! March 8 2011
By Leslie P - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this to prepare for an upcoming trip to Paris to make sure that I knew at least the very basics to help me navigate my way around when I arrive. The lessons so far have been very easy to follow & I'm extremely impressed with the amount of French that I've learned already in just a few short weeks.

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.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Very Limited Product. Poor Customer Service. Fluenz is 100% better. Dec 2 2011
By J Bucknoff, PMP - Published on Amazon.com
A reviewer for the Rosetta 1+2+3+4+5 product wrote: "They told me that because I bought it through an amazon vendor, it's a pirated copy."

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
you rent it Feb. 5 2013
By Ann White - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had Swahili, Spanish and French Rosetta Stone. originally I found it helpful but now I think its good for a true beginner, example, to see a ball is a balle, a pomme is an apple and so forth, but the lessons quickly gets cumbersome. I needed explanations for things, eg:reflexive verbs rather than simply keep on with trial and error until I figured out what they meant. Rosetta Stone does immersion teaching and it takes too long to go through lessons, too hard to find what I need. The voice recognition doesn't pick up my voice well enough, so when I read a story lesson it tells me I'm making mistakes because it isn't hearing me. You can NOT sell your program, and must you pay extra for speaking interaction with a teacher. Radio Lingua.com works much better for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It works if you stick to it! Nov. 26 2011
By Robin M Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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You must be consistent and use it or it will not work. If you want to learn a language this is probably the best way to go. Very clear and concise.