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Rosetta Stone German Level 1-2 Set

by Rosetta Stone
Windows 7 / 8 / XP, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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Technical Details

  • 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.

System Requirements

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

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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 such as giving and getting directions, telling time, dining out, shopping, and enjoying basic social interactions.

What Will I Learn

 
This level will help you:
  • Learn the basics
  • Build intermediate-level conversational skills
  • Spell and write accurately
  • Speak without a script
  • Retain what you've learned
  • Read and understand your new language
Sample topics include:
  • Age, family relations, household items
  • Questions, greetings, introductions
  • Times of day, calendar terms, the weather
  • Directions, locations, telling time
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Apologies and polite requests
  • How to order at a restaurant and give and receive directions
  • Emotions, opinions, and ideas

What Do I Get?

Interactive Software

Our award-wining version, complete with proprietary speech recognition technology.

Audio Companion

For your CD or MP3 player so you can review while on the go.

Headset with Microphone

For use with our state-of- the-art speech-recognition software.

Live Online Lessons NEW

Practice sessions led by native speaking tutors.

Games & Community NEW

Language-enhancing games move you towards real-world proficiency.

Mobile Companion NEW

Learning application for your iPhone or iPod Touch device.

Our Method

Our Method

Recreate the natural way you learned your first language and reveal skills that you already have using Dynamic Immersion. This award-winning method has been adopted by countless organizations, schools and millions of users around the world.

Learn Naturally: Discover how to speak, read, write, and understand--all without translating or memorizing. Our award-winning solution recreates how you learned your first language, unlocking your natural abilities.

Speak Confidently: Perfect your pronunciation with speech-recognition technology. Gain the confidence in your new voice as you practice with other learners in our exclusive online community and participate in online sessions coached by native tutors.

Immerse Yourself: Be surrounded by your new language. From core lessons to online sessions, Rosetta Stone gets you engaged and interacting with others.

Stay Motivated: Experience accomplishment with each moment of achievement; with dedicated success agents you will never lose sight of your language-learning goals.

Your Natural Ability. Awakened.

Natural Discovery

Learning your first language is as natural as smiling. Effortless. Rewarding. Every step in Rosetta Stone feels like that. Clear, compelling images appear precisely, in juxtaposition, conveying meaning. Intuitively, you just know what it means.

  • Our puzzle-like environments--a systematic presentation of sounds, images, and text--help learners absorb meaning intuitively.
Natural Discovery
Rosetta Stone's award-winning software, where you will interact by speaking, clicking, selecting phrases and writing.
Speech Activation
Speech Activation
Rosetta Stone's proprietary speech-recognition technology provides immediate and ongoing feedback.

Build your confidence and polish your pronunciation skills with state-of-the-art speech-recognition technologies and success-filled dialogues.

  • Our software provides immediate and ongoing assessments of your speech through Actionable Feedback, which helps you pronounce syllables, words and sentences correctly and easily.
  • Based on a collection of literally millions of speech samples, our proprietary speech-recognition algorithms and speech models were engineered with a singular purpose--to help you communicate with accuracy, confidence and ease.
Native Socialization
Native Socialization
Language-learning games will keep you motivated along the way.

Practice with native speakers in our live interactive sessions and our online community. Every conversation gives you the confidence to communicate in your new language.

  • For many, traditional language-learning fails because it lacks real conversation. With Rosetta Stone you'll play games and chat with native speakers and other learners in our online language community.
  • Hundreds of native-speaking tutors trained in the Rosetta Stone method are ready to help reinforce the language you're learning through live, online conversations. From Day One you'll be speaking your new language with confidence and ease.

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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.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Comments: Encouragement for those on the fence. Feb. 4 2012
By sh00bie - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I'm not going to go into a lengthy breakdown of the Rosetta-Stone software at this point in time, but I do wish to make a few comments, especially geared towards those thinking about buying.

To start, I bought the RS-German 1-2 set. I know I probably should have bought 1-5 for the cost savings, but having tried many language tools before, I didn't want to fork out the money for something, only to find it didn't work or I got bored of it and put it down. I figured sets 1 and 2 would be enough to get me started and help me find out whether or not I liked it, without going broke.

In short...that plan has worked. I do actually enjoy the software, it's easy to use, works great on my computers, and can be addictive.

It is NOT a cakewalk, though (and I don't think RS would disagree with me on that). It's not something you can just stare at for a few hours and then bing, you know German. You do have to engage your brain, focus, and study. That said, however, it is very easy.

Tip #1
The headset/microphone...

Okay, I've read a lot of reviews where people state that RS's speech recognition is whack. From what I can tell, the vast majority of these complaints are from users who don't have things setup correctly.

While most of the RS application is ready out-of-the-box, the microphone adds a bit of complexity.

For starters, the microphone is just like any other microphone...all kinds of things can cause your voice to sound wrong. Background noise, mic positioning, not making an effort to talk clearly or having food in your mouth, etc.

Second, RS knows that not everyone is going to be able to speak perfectly from day one. To accommodate this, they have an adjustment in the speech-recognition settings to set the level of sensitivity. Basically this tells the software how strict to be about what you say. Set low, you could probably say anything and it'll accept it. Set high, and you'd probably have to be a German linguistic PhD with crystal-clear voice to pass. So, naturally, the adjustment out-of-the-box is set around in the middle.

The word "sind" which is pronounced like "zint" is an example. For me, I find I don't always get my "d" to sound like a "t", and sometimes I still pronounce "sint" when I should say "zint". Fortunately the setting I have allows me to be a little loose in my pronunciation, and if I get the overall phrase right, it's like a live person saying "good enough." RS takes what you've said overall and figures things out. It doesn't always stress over the tiny bits.

If you find RS is really giving you a hard time on the speaking bits, try adjusting things down a slight bit. On the other hand, if you're getting away with really screwing up the phrases and passing, do yourself a favor and raise the difficulty up. You're trying to learn to speak properly after all...don't let the software let you cheat.

Tip #2
Use the tool how it is supposed to be used.

RS is a language-immersion tool. The best way to use this program is to put yourself in the mindset of kindergarten student. (Trust me, I know that sounds odd, but it does help.) You have to have a little less care for immediate definition, and a little more faith that it will make sense eventually. Don't expect anything or try to make sense of everything. Just relax, sit back, and experience things. There's a method to the madness, as they say.

Remember, the RS software isn't trying to just make you memorize words...it's trying to train your brain. To do this, the software introduces tiny bits of language into small pieces of phrases and pictorial descriptions, repeatedly, in different ways. Eventually your brain figures it out for you.

Think of it this way...Rather than just show you a deck of flash cards that say "Red = Rot" and "Blue = Blau", you are given a large number of real-world instances with colors. Believe it or not, your brain works better in the real-world than it does with strict translation of disassociated words.

The trick is knowing that you may not always get the definition of a word from the first use of it. That's okay, and leads me into my next tip:

Tip #3
Don't reach for the dictionary...

It is so tempting to sit there with a German/English dictionary while you use RS, but it'll hurt you more than you think. When working on my grammar I really got frustrated at times when a particular part of a phrase just didn't make sense to me, and I was getting wrongs left and right. Then I realized that's actually how we learn. You kinda have to get lost first, before things start to make sense. It may sound backwards to anyone used to seeing language tools that focus on memorization...but it does work. Your brain starts to pick up on the little things that clue it into what's going on, and pretty soon you'll be wondering why you had difficulty with it at all.

If you simply pick up a dictionary and read what the word means, your brain will fixate on that. Chances are you won't be as flexible with the meaning, and you'll probably lose the real meaning in the process. The brain isn't a spreadsheet of vocabulary words.

Use the software with the knowledge that you don't always have to get it right. It'll make sense eventually, and sometimes you just have to go back and do it again. Use the pictures, look at everything in the lesson page, look for the hints. Is it feminine or masculine? Is it singular or plural? Possessive? Young or old?

Tip #4
They're not dumb...

Believe it or not, but the makers of RS probably aren't idiots.

I read a lot of reviews where people talk about how a lesson might have you pick which image matches a phrase, and it's easy to guess the picture because of one part of the phrase. For example, if you don't understand the entire phrase, but you recognize the word for green, and only one of the picture choices has something green in it, you aren't having to learn the phrase to get the right answer.

This actually happens about half the time in the program, and it might seem dumb at first. You may think that RS has screwed up, making it possible for you to "win" without learning. However, the trick is on you. It's just another method of repetition. Don't focus on what you're NOT getting...focus on what you ARE getting.

First off, you recognized the word for green. That's good. Second, you're starting to get little snippets of the meaning of the phrase you don't recognize...even though you may not know it consciously.

The objective is placing something familiar (the word for green) in with something unfamiliar. Little by little, and after a few more lesson pages and alternate uses, it's going to click. In a way, it's kinda like trying to figure out what someone has written when the writing is a bit messed up. You might be able to pick out a couple words you recognize, and from those and the context of the writing, figure out the rest. You may not translate the whole thing, but you get the jist of it, and that's enough. That's all you're expected to do. Don't get hung-up, just keep your mind open, enjoy your little freebie victory, and keep rolling along.

Tip #5
Use the companions...

RS comes with an audio companion, which is basically the same phrases from the program, without any interaction. It's almost exactly like those language learning tools that are just audio and you listen to people speaking words over and over...except with RS there is only the language words, and no translation.

Use the audio companion not so much to learn words, but learn pronunciation. Hear it, speak it. Get your mouth used to making the sounds and stringing the words together.

I HIGHLY recommend getting one of the companion apps, too. I have the RS app for my iPod-Touch and my iPad-2, and they're awesome! You can take them with you, and whenever you have some time you can go through things, helping to ingrain things into your brain.

Tip #6
Don't be afraid to go back...

Even though the lessons are sequential, there's nothing at all wrong with going back and repeating a page, a section, or a whole lesson. In fact, it's a good idea!

Here's the sneaky little evil-kinda thing about the way RS works: you're learning, even when you don't think you are. You may not know it at the time, but your brain is picking things up. It may not be a whole picture yet, but like pieces of a puzzle, eventually everything starts to look less like a scatter of bits and more like something you recognize. The more times you go through a section, the more chances your brain has to pick up some more bits and try to arrange them. Have faith that this is happening, and you'll be surprised. You'll catch yourself suddenly following along, or speaking, and not even realize that your brain is translating.

It's kinda creepy actually...but...in a good way.

Tip #7
RS's online stuff, is there for a reason...

Okay, when you buy RS you get like 3-months of free online access, and then you pay (at this review point in time) $20 a month. Seems steep, but for what you get, it's actually amazingly cheap.

The games are fun and help cement your knowledge, but what's better is the online sessions with native speakers, and of course being able to reach out to RS for help.

You shouldn't be afraid to interact...the very fact that you're using this software means you don't know the language, so relax.

Tip #8
It's not a race, and it's not magic...

It doesn't say anywhere (and RS doesn't state it either) that if you do lesson 1, then lesson 2, and so on, until you've done them all, that you will suddenly know German. It's not supposed to work that way.

Yes, okay, if it's not then why are things in a sequence, right? Well that's simply because each bit builds on the next. Once you've mastered one section, proceed to the next for the "next bit" or something new.

Think of it this way. If you're that kid in kindergarten, does the teacher walk in, go through a deck of flash-cards with the A-B-C's once, and then suddenly every child knows the ABC's? No, of course not. You go through again and again, and you look for A's in words and explore and try not just flash-cards but books and pictures and other things, and eventually you get it.

RS is not a deck of flash-cards.

There's a reason why people say that the best way to learn a language is to make friends with someone who speaks that language. You get immersed in the language, you use it in real-world ways and engage in it in a way that your brain understands.

It used to be that RS's learning system was the next best thing to having a native-speaking friend...but with version 4, now you have both. The software will teach you, and that real native speaker is just an online session away.

I guess that's all I have to say right now. Basically, recognize that it IS software and you might need to play with the settings a little. Also, put down your expectations, clear your mind, be open-minded, and let your brain explore. If you're expecting to suddenly or magically know German after one pass through a single section, it's not going to happen (and frankly, it shouldn't).
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Nov. 21 2011
By P. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this product. It really gets you speaking the language quickly. I started this a few weeks before moving to Germany and, after I arrived, I received several compliments on how good my German was for being in the country for a couple of weeks. If I had to do it all over again, I would just purchase Level 1. The reason I say this is that German grammar is pretty difficult and at Level 2 you'll find yourself frustrated trying to figure out why sometimes the book is "auf den tisch" as opposed to "auf dem tisch". Or I'm going "zur Bank" or to "die Bank". Only after a couple of face to face classes I was able to really give something out of Level 2.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure this is a great way to learn German Aug. 12 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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I took a couple semesters of German in college but that was 20 years ago. I'm planning a trip to Germany and purchased Rosetta Stone to relearn some basics.

My biggest issue is that I'm not sure the Rosetta Stone method is a good way to learn a language like German, which has very complicated grammar. If I wasn't already aware of the concepts of gender and inflection in German, I would be COMPLETELY lost. As it is, I am getting very frustrated because without any explanation, the language often seems to make no sense whatsoever. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for an English speaker who doesn't already know that German has 3 genders and that words in German change depending on their part of speech.

My other complaint is that RS doesn't teach you very many common or useful phrases, at least not right away. I hope that will change, as I'm still only in Level 1.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Aug. 16 2013
By MichMom - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I was skeptical of learning another language without using any English. But to my surprise, I have been retaining and understanding more than I expected. It's fun so you don't realize how long you have been on the computer! The online sessions with a native speaker are awesome. I was very nervous that I wouldn't understand what was going on, but it was very fun and I look forward to these sessions now. I highly recommend this software if you want to learn another language.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great language immersion software May 31 2013
By Greg Root - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I'm not going to go into depth here, The top review is quite thorough and accurate; this isn't magic, instantaneous or miraculous. We aren't in the Matrix and you won't know German immediately, just as nobody was born knowing whatever their native language is. This software however does allow you to learn as a child would, with context and visualization. I started the level 1 course when it was free for the military, but it disappeared from the course catalogs, so after a year or 2 I just picked up the level 1 & 2 package for a lot cheaper than normal when it showed up on Amazon Local. I remember some of the beginning lessons, which is helping speed up the learning process, but even in the less familiar sections it is still intuitive enough that I can continue at a good clip. This software is definitely worthwhile, as I've tried a few other types of "learning" software out there, and the only thing I learned from them was pferd (horse in Deutsch), everything else I had already picked up with RS prior, or with my attempts to learn some German using Rammstein lyrics, a German/English dictionary and a lot of time translating (learning some colors and how to count in the process). Since I seem to be babbling a little, I'll just suggest getting RS, it's definitely worth it, and I'll be picking up another language after I've finished German (including levels 3-5). A+ Rosetta Stone!!

Cliff Notes:
Rosetta Stone is great software, and immerses the user in languages better than any of the other programs I've tried. Worth what I paid with a coupon type deal, and definitely worth the normal price.

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