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Rosetta Stone French Level 1

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

Price: CDN$ 179.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure
  • Master basic conversational skills; receive immediate and ongoing speech assessments
  • 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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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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  • ASIN: 1608299953
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett H #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on May 2 2014
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I was looking forward to trying the Rosetta Stone course. It is certainly not the cheapest on the market, but many state schools rate it sufficiently highly that they are prepared to allocate part of their budgets to purchasing expensive software licences. Many professionals rate this as the best course around.

I found the software very easy to install and I was soon ready to get started. It did not take long to appreciate why this course is rated so highly. The combination of French words and pictures to accompany them means that one is thinking in French fairly much from the word go. Pronunciation, reading, writing and vocabulary are all covered and I quickly found myself picking up from the basis of schoolboy French, learned many years ago and discovered that I had been making certain basic mistakes in pronunciation which were corrected in the course of the first lesson or two. I found I was adding to my vocabulary almost from the word go.

One element which is certainly here is that the Rosetta Stone course really makes it fun to learn. I started off intending to take the first lesson and soon found myself well into the second. At the end of each segment you are given a percentage result, and this is a real incentive. I was quite pleased when I hit my first 100%!

There are some aspects that would be purchasers should be aware of however. This course comes with a 3 month access to the online aspects which include live tutorials with French native speakers, and various community activities with games etc to improve your skills. You have to commence your inclusive three months within six months of purchase. Should you wish to extend this beyond the inclusive three months, it will an adidtional fee per three month additional segment according to RS customer services.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By person on July 5 2013
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... but don't expect to learn to converse with french people with it. To do that, you first have to mess up many times and learn by error!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amir on Sept. 10 2012
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I started French level one almost a mount ago. So far I can say some stuff. Also, the program is so motivating therefore I like to come back for studying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aabryono on Jan. 30 2013
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bought for junior daughter bought level one she also loved it..
in fact with a groupon certificate i bought her the full level 1to5 french..took back your level 1 and gave to another relative
trying to get on in french.
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201 of 205 people found the following review helpful
4 stars BUT beware... Dec 4 2011
By Cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
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The product itself is five stars, however the description is faulty. I researched this product a great deal before purchasing and even got the free demo CD first. I really do like the learning process, it feels intuitive. The problem is, sitting at my desktop computer is inconvenient and I do not have a laptop. So when I learned that there is an "App for that", I was thrilled. I own both an iPhone and an iPad so with the Rosetta Stone apps that link directly to my account I could learn and practice wherever I needed to. For three months I made great progress whether at home, in the backyard or at work on my lunch hour. On day 91 I suddenly could not connect, my apps kept saying "no course found for this account". The product still works on my desktop but it turns out the apps portion of the product was just a free trial. If I want to continue learning this way I need to purchase a very expensive subscription. No where on this product page does it say that the companion apps are a trial version. I am very disappointed with Rosetta Stone and Amazon. I did call Amazon but the rep I spoke to did not know whether the product info was written by Rosetta Stone or Amazon, I am sure it was the former. Amazon did try to assist me by offering a partial refund but that was not really what I wanted. I want to continue to learn on my iPad! My disappointed with Amazon is because that call I made to them took place about two months ago and I see the product info page has not changed, I do not see anything about the iPhone apps being a 90 day trial.

UPDATE: AUGUST 23, 2013
I see that Amazon has updated the description slightly with this sentence, "Enhance your learning on-the-go with Rosetta Stone mobile apps for the Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone. Three month access included with purchase." I personally think it is still obscure since the part about the mobile companion is much farther down in the description but at least it is something.
118 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Buyer beware! April 2 2012
By Fiscally Frustrated - Published on Amazon.com
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Understand that if you purchase this product, your ability to use all the features has a 6 month time limit. If you install and do not use the product promptly you will be told that half of the product will not work unless you pay $100+ for a subscription. It does not matter if you have not used the online services at all, the money is gone, the service is gone, and you must pay more to use all of your product. Customer service on this regard is not helpful at all. Complete waste of money.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Great way to obtain functional conversation in a new language Oct. 19 2010
By Jason Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: CD-ROM Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I've never had french, learned french, or know anything about French. Now, however, I feel like I could do OK with a quick trip and to get around conversationally. Rosetta Stone is no substitute for deep immersion learning, but it's pretty useful as a tool to learn the basics.

Pros:
- Builds a LOT of vocabulary quickly
- Helps understand what words mean by associating them with a concept, rather than translating
- Internet community is pretty cool.

Cons:
- Doesn't focus on grammar at all
- Level 1 doesn't contain a whole lot
- It's obviously pretty expensive. I guess if you're *really* interested, it's worth it.

For it's purpose, it is almost perfect software. You will feel confident with the basics after this.
189 of 221 people found the following review helpful
Children learn this way, not adults Aug. 30 2010
By Maek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: CD-ROM Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I have heard many great things about Rosetta Stone, but always from the perspective of a TV ad with the usual, glowing testimonials of 30 and 40-somethings who just rave about the product.

Naturally, I've always been curious, but have usually been put off by the near $200 price-tag that usually accompanies it. So, when Amazon Vine had it on offer, I decided to give it a try.

Here's what I have to say about it after a week's exposure to my wife (aged 40+) and my daughter (age 7).

Generally speaking, Rosetta Stone does a great job in exposing kids to vocabulary. Nouns are attributed to actual pictorial representations instead of the "x = y" approach. This generally works well, as we do a better job with image recognition than we do with word matching.

However, that being said, this kind of representation works well when you're in the early years of school where such learning applies. As adults, however, we have already a well-established mind set where learning doesn't equate well to a kindergarten-level. That's typically why we, as adults, sometimes have a hard time relating simple concepts to younger children simply because we tend to use constructs that are far more complex.

In other words, while pictorial representations (i.e. "immersion") works well to introduce new and unfamiliar words to kids, this doesn't work well when it comes to grammar. Sentence construction is best introduced in the traditional way of learning how to conjugate "-er" verbs in French by establishing simple rules (which account for 65% of the verbs in the French language). Once those rules are learned, then it's quite easy to follow.

Rosetta doesn't take this approach, which is why it hurts both kids and adults for altogether different reasons. For kids, the immersion approach doesn't work simply because the rules need to be learned by memorization which is an adult concept. Why do kids say things like, "I fell down and it hurtED"...? Because they take a simple rule, apply it, and they don't realize why it doesn't work; i.e., the "immersion" aspect doesn't prepare them for exceptions to rules, rather than the rules themselves. For the same reason, adults learn better from learning verb conjugation through rules, not immersion; immersion doesn't cover how to conjugate verbs through conditional tense, past imperfect, etc. and French actually has a number of rules that are easier to follow through rote memorization instead of "here you go...now speak!"

That said, this is only Level 1. However, I would say that it's a great vocabulary primer...I just wouldn't use it to teach grammar.

Maybe it works well for others, which is why I give it the benefit of 3 stars. Children may benefit from it more because of the general learning construct, but I would have to say that it fails to convey grammar effectively. The company has been around for awhile. But from someone who speaks both French and English and has actually seen the difference in learning between various ages, I am somewhat dubious about their claims. Buyers should exercise caution.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Nice to use for a refresher course! March 15 2011
By Ulalume Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: CD-ROM Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I took one semester of French in college so I could read French poetry and literature for my BA and MFA classes. I learned enough to figure out words in reading, but didn't excel much at the oral part. I tried this item out for that. The other one I had for review was the Spanish one. I gave it one star less than this, though it is pretty much the same program. I learned more with this kit than the Spanish one, since I took four years of Spanish in high school and retain a lot of it still. I am still not sure about how to find how much the online lessons are once my trial period of three months that you get free with the kit is over. It is hard to find on the website. I like the games and layout of the Rosetta Stone program and I am a visual learner and this helps me with the oral part as well. I like to see as I speak, which is hard to do with audio programs. This has audio CDs for the car, video games for my computer and online help once I get my French up to speed. My only complaint about this program is that you can only install in on one computer, so I have one of these on my laptop and the Spanish one on my home computer, since it takes up a good chunk of memory. I would like the option to put these on any new computers I buy years from now, but RS has a very limited use. It's like buying a course. If you have a computer you will use for 5-6 years, it is really worth it. If you work at home in a field where you need to upgrade your computer more often, you might be disappointed that you can't put it on your new computer. I wish RS would allow at least this to be installed on two computer, in case the computer you are using fails.

This is like taking one semester of French, beginner level, in high school or college. I learned about the same thing I did in the French course in college and it is less money to do it this way.

I think if you are a visual learner, you will like this product. There is a lot of debate that kids learn better this way, but I think adults can too. Mind you, that this teaches you very basic French and not beyond present tense really. Just like a college course. I like that I can see the words and tend to repeat them better when I see a picture at the same time. Or maybe I am just a child at heart!

Note: I have been using this and another Rosetta Stone for several weeks now and the headset that comes with it has a microphone that isn't so good. Or maybe with use had become not so good. Both my boyfriend and I have trouble getting the microphone to register words we say, even if we say it correctly. For example, even simple Spanish words like Si and Hola get a negative signal even though I am saying it perfectly. I continue at the same volume about 5 times and then, it finally takes it. I wonder if it will become frustrating on high levels where you have to repeat back longer sentences. My Mac doesn't have an external mic, so I have no option but to use the headset and take it off to speak as loud as I can into the microphone. It doesn't seem to matter if I do their "1,2,3,4,5" test at regular voice, louder or softer. After having to repeat one word twenty times before they accept it, even though I know I am doing it right, tires me out!

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