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Rosetta Stone French Level 1, 2 & 3 set with Audio Companion

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X

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  • Rosetta Stone teaches you a new language naturally, by getting you to think, live and breathe the language
  • Innovative solutions get you speaking new words, right from the start
  • Rosetta Stone moves forward only when you're ready--you drive the pace, you set the schedule
  • With Rosetta Stone, you'll discover a foundation of key vocabulary that you'll use to build into a whole new language
  • Audio Companion lets you take the Rosetta Stone experience anywhere: in the car, at the gym, or on-the-go
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  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001AFD20E
  • Release Date: June 16 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #621 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Joyce on Nov. 7 2009
I have this in the French version and the Spanish version (both are the newest editions). The software is good to review my French as I used to be fairly fluent as a child but have forgotten most of it. It supplements my French university classes well and I use it like a home language lab. Some of the language learning can be intuitive (based on immersion style learning like how a child would pick up a language) but it is NOT great for someone starting from scratch as it doesn't translate anything into English, it uses generic lessons and pictures (the same are used for every language, they just obviously change the words into that language) so it doesn't provide enough context, culturally or otherwise. The audio companion is BEYOND USELESS in my opinion, other than for working on your pronunciation and accent. Since there is no English translation even in the audio companion, you end up repeating words (such as in the vocabulary section) without any way to actually learn what it means. At least the software gives you pictures and other visual queues, but the audio companion has absolutely no context in which to teach you what those words and phrases mean in English.

My other major problem with this (and the Spanish version as well) is that there is no explicit grammar instruction (at least I haven't seen any). You may pick up some basic grammar implicitly but there is no explanation of grammar or word order or anything like that, you just copy the dialogue and hopefully after awhile you will learn some basic grammar without really knowing what it is or why it is used that way.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R. Ocampo on Dec 23 2008
THE CONCEPT:

The concept of Rosetta Stone is simple - learn a language the same way our parents thought us through picture books. We are shown a photo and told what it is. We then say the word over and over until it is second-nature in our brain. When the photo comes up, we can easily identify it.

Unlike other programs, there is no need to memorize a ridiculously long phrase or sentence that doesn't mean anything to us at the moment. In Rosetta Stone, we start with simple objects and words. Then we build to phrases and sentences using those same objects that we learned about.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

There is an included USB headset with mic so you can speak, analyze and compare your pronunciation with the voices on the program.

The interface is simple and easy. There is nothing to learn. You install the program, activate the levels depending on what you purchased and then create a user so that you can save and go back to where you left off.

Which means you work at your own pace.

The latest addition to Rosetta Stone learning software is the so-called Audio Companion. Unlike other learning software that simply comes in an audio CD that you pop into your vehicle to listen and hopefully learn, this Rosetta Stone Audio Companion is a supplementary to the program. Do not attempt to learn by simply listening to the CDs. These were created to assist your learning experience for words that have already been imprinted into your brain by way of visual association.

CONS:

Like all other programs, this also has it's short-comings.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Martel on Aug. 21 2009
Before I purchased the Rosetta Stone package I did a lot of reading and read a lot of comments. I've had it for one month and I find it absolutely amazing. It is unlike any other system because as goofy as this sounds, its fun. I find myself wanting to do more exercises because of the way it is set up. It uses pictures and mixes up pronunciation, recognition, grammer, and all of that. It does take a while to go onto each step but really it should. It keeps bringing back stuff that you learned in previous exercises - thats how you remember it.

Some of the negative comments have been saying that they can't learn the immersion approach and I really call out their mind set. I've tried using the "lets break a sentence down approach first" or match the French (or whatever language) with what the English meaning is but when you do that you aren't really learning the language you want. All you are doing is converting it. Ok you've converted it or broke down the sentence. This isn't a puzzle, you want to build words and learn the language. Thats what this approach does, starts small and builds on what you have already learned. You don't realize that when you use the method they instill on you that you are learning without saying what is the English version. If you claim this is the wrong approach then I can guarantee you are not going to learn a new language anytime soon. The methods they use are not frustrating or in my opinion hard, its step by step.

This system does take a while but I don't mind because it makes me more confident that I have a better grasp of things, you can't just learn a language in a month. I feel at this pace I will be comfortable in about 3-4 months in a basic grasp of a new language.
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