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Rosetta Stone French Level 1-3 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.
  • From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions in French. Develop the French language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share your ideas and opinions. Learn French today with Rosetta Stone.
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Edition: French
  • Platform:    Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Edition: French
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 7.3 x 19.4 cm ; 680 g
  • ASIN: 160829997X
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Edition:French Product Description

Connect with the world. Learn language fundamentals from greetings and introductions to simple questions and answers. Give and get directions, tell time, and dine out. Share your opinions, and talk about everyday life: your interests, your work, current events, and more.

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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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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful By ABOTA on Dec 13 2011
Edition: French
My first experience with Rosetta Stone should have been a tip-off.

After numerous ads in Scientific American imprinted the Rosetta Stone name into my noggin over the years, I finally purchased Levels 1, 2 and 3 - the Homeschool Edition, for my kids to study Hebrew. The motivator was an ad I received by email offering free shipping.

So, I went online and attempted to purchase. I kept getting an error message which didn't mean anything to me, so I called Rosetta Stone for help. In the course of the conversation, it became clear that the free shipping offer was for U.S. addresses only. I objected that they had sent me an email that offered free shipping with no such qualifier.

After going around the mulberry bush a few times on that subject, I realized that the operator was not going to break forth from her programmed algorithm. If I wanted the product, I'd have to pay the shipping.

When the product arrived, we installed it and began to run it.

The kids seem to enjoy the sessions and do well at them, although the voice recognition seemed to have trouble with the kids' voices. My daughter has a better accent than I do, but the software seemed to understand me better than it did her.

My impression is that you can learn a language from the software, but it does have a cookie-cutter approach. As you may have heard, language is culture. People in France talke about different things in different ways than people in Saudi Arabia. You can't have this diversity in a one-size-fits-all approach like Rosetta Stone.

Then, one day, for no apparent reason, the software stopped working. I called tech support and spoke with a friendly enough agent whom I'll call "Suraj.
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By Trevor Smith on Dec 31 2012
Edition: French Verified Purchase
This is a marvellous system for language learning, well-structured, fun to do and remarkably effective in basic functional language development. The few, incomplete printed installation instructions can cause problems (eg in installing two language programs on the same computer), but online support is good.
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By Candubrain on March 2 2014
Edition: French Verified Purchase
Expensive but a good product, I find it hard to pronounce the words, but thats probably me. Not as simple to understand as what they lead you to believe
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I bought this for my daughter and she is really enjoying it.
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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
*** Some things they don't tell you *** (multiple users, access from other computers, etc.) Sept. 23 2010
By Noname - Published on
Edition: French Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I am thoroughly enjoying my Rosetta Stone TOTALe (pronounced toe-TAH-lee) French software. I did once use a two week trial of Rosetta Stone Spanish (not TOTALe), and although I enjoyed it, the TOTALe course is many times better.

The TOTALe course has four parts: Rosetta Stone Course, Rosetta Stone World, Studio and Audio CD's. The Studio and World are what sets this apart from the regular Rosetta Stone course. They are absolutely phenomenal. More on that later.


Before I delve into the actual course, here are some interesting facts you might like to know.


This software can only be installed on one computer. However, I was able to add my two children to the software course. According to the Rosetta Stone customer service department, I can add up to five users to the Rosetta Stone course, as long as they use the same computer.

My children cannot access the Rosetta World, because they are under 13. I changed my son's age to show him older than 13 and found that he could not access Rosetta World because only one user is allowed to use Rosetta World. However, I was given the option to purchase Rosetta World access for him at a *very* reasonable price.


Although I could only access the Rosetta Stone Course from the one computer it's installed on, I can access Rosetta Stone World from any computer with an internet connection by simply signing in on their website.

Personally, I like Rosetta Stone World interface when accessing it directly from the software on my computer rather than through my Internet Explorer. Signing in is much quicker. When I do it through a web browser, I have to suffer through signing in with my password and waiting for it to check my system.


Rosetta Stone offers users the option to add levels 4 and 5. Online service can also be extended for a reasonable price.


1) Quick start pamphlet.

2) Installation CD's for levels 1-3.

3) Activation card for 9 months of online access.

4) Audio CD's for Level 1, units 1-4.

5) Stickers for the keyboard to customize it for special French accent marks (so the user knows where to find the keys).

6) Headset.


The software installed on my Vista system without a hitch. I'm not sure how well it works on other systems.

The sound and voice recognition with the headset is wonderful.


So here I go dissecting the course itself.


Each student may customize his course by choosing one of four options:

1) reading, writing, speaking, listening (recommended)
2) reading, writing, speaking and listening -- extended (more repetition)
3) speaking and listening
4) reading and writing

In providing this review, I have chosen option 1.


These are to be used in conjunction with the course. I suppose they could be used to supplement some other language course, but one could not learn the language from the audio CD's alone. They are completely in French, with the exception of an English speaking man telling the listener to listen, or listen and repeat. No translations are given. The phrases come from the flash cards we see during the lessons, so they trigger associations.


Rosetta Stone is total immersion. I've found it is the most wonderful way to learn.

One example of a typical lesson: The student is shown a series of flashcards along with very short sentences. Maybe it's four different people with a ball: a man, a woman, a girl, a boy. The speaker says, "The man has a ball." "The woman has a ball." "The girl has a ball." "The boy has a ball." So the student knows the one common word is "ball," which must be the round thing. The word that changes, that must describe the man, woman, girl and boy.

Sometimes, I'd know a word, could match it up, but didn't know what it meant. I had a strong desire to look it up, but I trusted Rosetta Stone would one day make it clear. Well, after seeing the word (in my particular case, it was "to have") numerous times, it finally dawned on me what it meant. I don't even know when it happened, it just became clear. And so it goes with other words.

Total immersion can be very challenging to people used to traditional teaching methods. The need to know and translate every word can be strong, but I can attest that context will eventually make it clear.

This course is broken up into levels. French has levels going all the way up to 5. I was told by the Rosetta Stone customer service rep that I should be conversational by level 3. Levels 4 and 5 delve deeper into the culture.

The structure of the courses is as follows: There are five levels. Each level has four units. Each unit has four core lessons followed by varying numbers of sub-lessons. So, level>unit>core lesson>sub-lesson.

The core lessons take about half an hour each and it gives the overall gist of what is to be worked on during the sub-lessons. The sub-lessons are only 5 to 10 minutes long and deal individually with different facets of the core lesson, like vocabulary, grammar, spelling, etc. By taking one to two sub-lessons per day and about one core lesson per week, I can finish one unit per month.


The studio sessions can be scheduled for any time slot available. From my experience, it is best to finish a unit before taking the studio lesson for that unit. The session may be repeated as necessary.

The studio session is like a live, online classroom with a native speaking teacher. Students log in at the appointed time. We can see the teacher, but the teacher can only hear us. She shows us many of the cards we see during our course lessons and individually asks us questions about them. She also asks us to speak to each other in a very controlled way. I intend to take a session every week in order to have a live teacher correct my speech and to gain more experience speaking and listening. This in and of itself is worth the price of the TOTALe.

So far, my studio sessions have had between two and four students (including me). They last 50 minutes each.


Another way TOTALe shines. In my box was a card with an activation code good for nine months of Rosetta World service, which I could pay to extend (and I might very well do just that).

1) Listen, read, or listen and read stories. The stories are unlocked as we progress through each level so that the vocabulary isn't too challenging.

2) Play solo games. Three games are available. In one game, we much listen to the speaker describe a card and we must find that card. Another game is a memory card game where we match the picture to a written description of the picture. The third game is a bingo type game where we listen to a story and must choose words that come up in the story on the bingo card until we get a bingo.

3) Duo and Simbio. These modes contain all the Solo games plus five more games to play against another player. In Duo mode, we play against a French learner. In Simbio mode, we are matched up with a native French speaker who is learning our native language so we can help each other.

Both Duo and Simbio modes can be played via keyboard or microphone. I am finding most people prefer keyboard.

The World hours are from 10 AM to 10 PM Pacific Time, although I've been able to play outside that time slot. There aren't many players most days, just a few, but enough to be able to interact. The Duo rooms are more active than the Simbio room, where I'm only finding one player if I'm lucky.


+ easy to learn
+ voice recognition software
+ live teacher
+ interact with other learners
+ interact with native speakers
+ may add up to five learners to the Course on one computer
+ may access World from any internet connected computer
+ may pay to extend course and online access
+ IPad and IPhone aps available

- difficult for learners who insist on translation
- can only be installed on one computer
- additional learners do not have access to World (but one may pay to add access)
- children under thirteen not permitted in World


I love, love, love Rosetta Stone TOTALe. It has enabled me to speak French without being self-conscious. I can access live instructors, repeat any lesson I don't understand. My children can be added. I can enter the World from anywhere. Oh yeah, there are iPod and iPad apps (which I can't review but they sound great). What's not to love?


UPDATE: The World hours are now 9 AM to 9 PM Pacific Time, but I have been there outside those hours. As long as someone is there, we can play a multiplayer (2-player) game. Otherwise, solo mode is available anytime.

Studio sessions are very flexible. They must have gotten more coaches or else the coaches are working more hours, but I can schedule a session for any time from morning to evening, 7 days a week. This is not true for all TOTALe languages, so it's a nice feature.



I did not have Adaptive Recall in my initial review, because I did not know it existed. It has been about 3 1/2 months since I started my lessons and 2 1/2 months since my original review. Now that I have entered Level 2, I've had the chance to experience Adaptive Recall and have found another reason to love TOTALe.

Adaptive Recall takes me through little review lessons from the past so that I don't forget what I've learned. Apparently, depending on how well I do, the review lessons will repeat more or less frequently. I have the option of skipping the Adaptive Recall Lessons, if I desire. I didn't skip them. I found them very helpful.


UPDATE #3: It's been about six months since I started Rosetta Stone. Something amazing happened today. I was taking a studio session and as the coach asked me questions or asked me to interact with another learner, I was able to respond without fishing for the words, mentally doing translation gymnastics from English to French. I opened my mouth the the words spilled out. It was far from proficient, but I was able to express myself more fluently than ever before. I surprised myself by not thinking in English. Wow.


UPDATE #4: It's now April, 2011. I've been at it for awhile and still enjoy my lessons. There has been a recent bug in the Rosetta Stone World. When I'm there, if I ever hit the backspace button (which happens a lot, because I frequently mistype, especially in French), it kicks me out of the game. This was not previously an issue. I hope they fix it.

UPDATE #5: The problem with the backspace button was caused by the Adobe Air update. Per technical support, I uninstalled version 2.6 and installed version 2.5 and my problem is no more.


UPDATE #6: I was kicked out of a studio session today for using a wireless headset. Too much echo, they said. Only wired headsets allowed, folks. (They did send me a wired one free of charge when I complained that the one I got with the Rosetta Stone had broken.)


UPDATE #7: I've been at this for about a year. My French cousins just came over for a visit and I think I understood a lot of what they were saying to each other. Can't hold an intelligent conversation yet, but I can probably get around in Paris and the basics are okay. That's not bad. I'm midway through level 2. The games section seemed to have died down. Not many people there, but I don't spend much time there anymore, so maybe they are there when I'm not looking. The studio courses have opened a lot of slots, so I can take classes just about whenever I want. They even email reminders now, which is helpful.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Is Rosetta Stone right for *you*? Sept. 14 2010
By Peachbulb - Published on
Edition: French Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I highly recommend an honest self-assessment before beginner level self-taught language products such as Rosetta Stone.

* Foremost, do you have the self-motivation? You're paying for Levels 1, 2, and 3. Will you be motivated enough to make it to the end of Level 3, or will your enthusiasm plummet after the first few lessons? If you're in the first group, then you can get so much out of Rosetta Stone. If you're in the second group, you may want to look at your local community college's courses. It might cover less material while costing as much, but if you aren't confident you have the self-motivation, then it might be better than Rosetta Stone.

* Second, is the "immersion" model of language learning right for you? Children are sponges for languages. Children who move to a foreign country soon become more fluent than their parents. They learn just by being immersed among people speaking that language.

Rosetta Stone tries to replicate that language acquisition in adults. Their philosophy is, if we talk to you only in that language, you will learn it. The thing is, adults aren't just large children, though they may act that way :) Around puberty, the brain's language learning centers undergo a major change that makes it much harder to learn a new language, especially through immersion. For some people, that change is greater than for others. Some people can still pick up a good chunk through immersion, while others require language classes that incorporate both languages.

Which group are you in---the group that can still pick up a good chunk through pure exposure, or the group that learns better from classes that incorporate both languages? A good test is to spend some time watching a foreign language channel. Can you pick up a little just by watching and listening?

* Third, are you a visual learner? If you see a picture of a boy with the caption "garçon", will you remember that "garçon" means boy? Or would it be more helpful to hear someone say, "The word for boy is garçon"? You get a lot more out of Rosetta Stone if you're a visual learner.

Some other points:

*A flaw with Rosetta Stone, in my opinion, is the lack of an accompanying textbook. I guess that's the point--using technology to learn. But an accompanying textbook would have helped a lot.

*Rosetta Stone uses voice detection technology that tells you how close you are to the sound. This is a cool concept with tremendous potential, but it's not quite there yet. Many languages--French is no exception--require more nuanced pronunciation than one can learn purely from the voice recognition feedback. I tried saying the words a few different ways, and it passed me when I pronounced it just borderline okay and even below that. The feedback I got for pronouncing it so-so was the same as for pronouncing it very well (according to a friend from Quebec, I have a very good French accent when I try), so you don't know just how close you are to pronouncing it perfectly. Without fine-tuned correction and feedback, you can end up never really learning how to pronounce things and always have a very heavy accent.

This is inevitable when learning a language on your own, though, and Rosetta Stone should be commended for advancing this technology. I look forward to seeing it develop.

*Make sure your computer exceeds the minimum system requirements by a lot. My computer isn't that new but well exceeds the minimum system requirements, and it still stressed the computer and crashed if I had several other windows open.

*As a previous reviewer mentioned, they only let you activate it on one computer at a time, so if you use more than one computer, you have to choose which one to activate it on. You can, however, contact them to have the license moved from one computer to another.

Other possibly relevant information: Like a previous reviewer, I have taken several years of French, so grammatical things that made sense to me as I was going through the program may not make sense to someone with no previous knowledge of French.

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of the product but was not otherwise compensated for this review.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Save your money. Nov. 11 2011
By GVL - Published on
Edition: French Verified Purchase
Over all the idea isn't bad (although the interface interaction and voice recognition need work), but for the price I paid (and asked for a refund) I think the over all amount of content is extremely slim. For $400.00 USD and levels 1-3 (out of 5) I expect to have 3/5ths of the French language at my finger tips and instead I got the first few weeks of French 101 and the same basic stuff over and over again (and most of that wasn't of much use).

Do yourself a favor and go online instead - plenty of good videos and games to help you learn French.

163 of 191 people found the following review helpful
Unacceptable copy protection Sept. 1 2010
By judolphin - Published on
Edition: French Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Let's say you have a laptop, your wife has a laptop, and your children use a family computer. You, as a family are going to learn French and decide to spend $600 on Rosetta Stone ($800 if you decide to include Levels 4-5 in your purchase).

You will not be able to use this product on all three computers. End of story. This is unacceptable. I will not say one positive thing about a company that denies Right of First Sale to its users, and who actively does not allow installation of its software on (a reasonable number of) multiple computers.

If you can look past being treated like a criminal instead of a customer after paying the better part of $1000 for a piece of software, then go for it. The software will get you started towards learning French. But God forbid you want to install it on a couple of computers, or if you buy a new computer and have to reinstall. You'll spend a couple of hours of your life playing customer service roulette, begging an offshore call center to allow you to install a third copy of the software.

Even Microsoft is more lenient than this. Stay away.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Why do nouns have to have a gender? Stumbling and Learning French With A Great Program March 12 2011
By SkipFL - Published on
Edition: French Verified Purchase
Some reviewers profess to have a talent for learning a language quickly and easily. I am not one of those people.

I grew up near the Canadian border near Quebec. One of the two TV stations we received in a farm on top of a big hill was from Montreal. I enjoyed the cartoons in French. Even though I did not understand what Mickey and his friends were saying, it sounded good when they said it.

I studied French in high school. I got through it and went on to college with the intention of never learning any more French.

Last year, we took a trip to Provence and enjoyed it immensely. I still liked the sound of the language and learned a few words, mainly centered around food and wine. If I am going to pay the 22% VAT tacked on to a bottle wine and a meal cooked in the inimitable French style, I want to know what I am ordering and to be able to order exactly what I want.

So, for an assortment of specious reasons, I decided to learn French.

Level one of Rosetta Stone has been an experience. I learned more French in two weeks than in two years of studying in high school. I like to write (in English) and thought that would make it easier to write in French. I was wrong. I can read and understand many of the stories provided by the Rosetta Stone program. I can play the "bingo" game with the French words with some degree of success. I cannot yet speak the language at all.

Rosetta Stone is not like studying in school. It is more fun. It emphasizes practical situations a tourist is likely to encounter. I have learned quite a few words in a short time. I struggle during each lesson with the gender of nouns. The philosophy of the program is to show the student how words are used and, gradually, through repetition, sounds, and seeing the words in different contexts, teaching the student this beautiful language. In other words, I learned English this way--why not French?

Since I am no longer two, and probably have more trouble accepting how language is used in ways to which I am unaccustomed, I found using the internet made the process quicker. Some of the French words seemed the same. The computer program insisted they were not the same. In fact, the words may be the same but they are used in different situations. Sorting that out with a French dictionary or one of the useful French sites makes learning the language, in conjunction with Rosetta Stone, an easier task. The Rosetta Stone program does not care how long I take to look up a new French word I find to be confusing.

I did not realize when starting the program that an advantage of Rosetta Stone is using the internet to have a "studio session" with a native speaker. I became aware of this feature when the company offered a one-hour internet seminar. I immediately signed up for session two of level one with a French instructor.

My hesitation in trying an online session was that I would look and sound foolish. I was not disappointed.

I can read and understand some French phrases now. That is not the same as quickly matching gender with a noun and then knowing the correct verb to match. And, when hearing a native speaker ask a question, a long suppressed memory of being in a high school class when I did not know the answer immediately took center stage in my mind.

Being an adult with a much different motivation than I had in high school (no cute, 16 year old girl in a short skirt and long hair sitting beside me creating a hormonal overload while purring something, almost anything in French, that interfered with learning the language) I have lumbered on alone with my computer. The instructor, a native French speaker, was very helpful and very patient.

I found myself, having lived in Germany for two years (courtesy of the U.S. Army) and having studied Spanish for four years in college, occasionally using words that I knew were not English but, alas, not French either. When asked to give the French name for a country to which the instructor was pointing, I quickly pronounced "Deutschland" perfectly. (A correct name but definitely not French.) The instructor may have thought he was working with an American who spoke German and Spanish and English and trying to learn a fourth language. He would have been wrong but the exercise was probably amusing to the other participants who, fortunately, did not know my identity.

I learned more with my mistakes in the studio session than I learned by speaking into a microphone on the computer.

The upshot: This is a very good program. The studio sessions are critical. The program is practical easy to use. I can learn at my own pace and repeat sessions where I experience problems or just to refresh my memory before starting a new level.

My purpose is to learn how to speak French. Reading and understanding is a good start but not the same as stringing together the correct words in a sentence in real time with a native speaker. If you decide to buy the product, take advantage of the studio sessions as quickly as you can if you want to learn the language.

Another observation: The company seemed to genuinely be interested in my progress. I have asked questions of their customer service department. I have been treated in a courteous manner, by friendly people who speak English well and they answered my questions promptly and accurately. I have received follow-up emails thanking me for participating in the webinar, noting the scheduled times for my studio sessions, and helping in real time with technical difficulties in setting up my Mac to work with the instructor.

I was so pleased with level one, I have already purchased levels two and three--just to provide extra incentive to move on and into the next level. One hint: Buy levels 1-3 at the same time if you think you will be using the program to actually learn the language enough so you can use it in a French speaking country. It is cheaper that way.