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Rosetta Stone German Level 1

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 8
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  • Learn to read, write, and speak in German with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key German 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 German 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 German language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
  • Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Learn basic German conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more. Learn German today with Rosetta Stone.
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Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older. Product only compatible with Windows 7, 8 and above, or Mac 10.7 and above.

System Requirements

Edition: German
  • Platform:    Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

Edition: German
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 7.3 x 19.4 cm ; 476 g
  • ASIN: 1617160040
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Edition:German Product Description

Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping, and much more.

From the Manufacturer

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fonthillguy on July 24 2011
Edition: German
For years I've seen Rosetta Stone language software mentioned in travel and trade magazines and I've always been curious about it. Because I've been working closely with a team in Germany and have visited them a few times, I finally took the plunge and bought the first level of Rosetta Stone for German so that the next time I visit I can be more self-sufficient at restaurants, stores, and hotels. Now that I have pretty much finished the entire level, I must say that I'm very impressed with both the software and the learning system. Both are very slick and smooth and make the whole learning process fun and efficient. The online games and activities work very well, and I have really enjoyed the live studio sessions with a native German speaker and one or two other learners like me.

I've just bought the entire Rosetta Stone 5 level German package, and my only regret is that I didn't do that from the beginning. (Just being overly cautious, I guess, in case I didn't like it.) If I ever find myself wanted to learning another language, you can bet buying the entire 5 level set is what I'm going to do from the start.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
I love it, but it has its frustrations. July 5 2011
By Cassius Clay Rae - Published on
Edition: German
I am a native English speaker and I bought the Rosetta Stone German Level 1-5. I am currently learning Level 1 so I see it only fair to review this. The sequential software will come when I have completed each one of them.

The hardware was fine and the headset isn't flimsy. It's much better than any headphone or headset I bought for myself, but that doesn't mean it can't break or get glitches. My only (tiny) hardware irk is that all the Audio companions is on a DVD data disc so I had to burn CDs in order to listen to this in my car. (My iPod is barely used and stays at home.)

I had no problems installing the software or getting my computer to recognize the headset.
To quote myself in another comment:
"I own a 64-bit Windows Vista and I have separate speakers and headset apart from the headset. The only issue that I ran into is that when I installed the the Rosetta Stone software, it automatically defaults ALL sounds through the headset. I didn't realize this until I started playing my music and trying to video chat. This can be adjusted through Control Panel > Hardware & Sounds > Sound (Right-click this icon and create a shortcut onto your desktop!). In the sound control panel, there will be a "Playback" tab and a "Recording" tab. (Sorry XP, Win7, Snow Leopard, and all Mac users. Hopefully you get the gist.)"

Rosetta Stone works; but I am the type of learner where complete immersion, repetition, and activities work. If you have access to Rosetta Online, I recommend the Bingo game and going through the stories. When using Stories, first listen to it and try to visualize every said detail, then read it. Doing this paired with the Audio has helped me tremendously.

I do find problems with pronunciation. Some of my pronunciation errors are right, but there are a few (e.g. alt, Jahre, Bruder, Englisch) that I have to over-exaggerate certain (wrong sounding) noises to get it to accept. That is REALLY frustrating because I don't hear what I'm incorrectly saying. What's also frustrating is that it'll accept many other words that I'm nowhere near to pronouncing correctly. "Uuuuuuh..." is sometimes accepted! The pronunciation quirks pester me the most when using this program, but I can't say I run into them too much where it deters me from wanting to continue through the lessons.

The Milestones at the end the four units are a bit intimidating especially if you don't use the online resources. I am usually at a lost for what to say. It's not obvious all the time. In this situation, just remain silent. The program will think there's an error with the microphone. When you have formed the sentence in your mind, continue with the activity.

I never use this program without Google Translate opened next to it. I don't use it to decipher whole sentences or phrases, just a couple words here and there.
I don't lean too hard on Google for interpretation because after a while, a learner will see that German words do not correlate to just one meaning. "Sie" can mean she, you, they, it and so on. The meaning depends on the overall sentence. So it's important to try to think German and try not to interpret every word directly to English. Rosetta Stone does a good job of giving visuals to let you think in German, but it does not explain any of the Grammar or word rules. This is why I'm shopping for a German grammar book on Amazon.

EXAMPLE: The more I research, the more I see how important it is to when to use "sie" and "du". Both mean "you," but one is formal and good for strangers and the other is used among friends and family. And my understanding is that depending on what "you" we use makes a difference on the spelling of other words in the same sentence.

As someone has mentioned, there's no glossary of words in Rosetta Stone. So when I want to double-check my spelling or the words I'm using, I have to use Google Translate.
****CORRECTION UPDATE**** There is a document of words and phrases learned. It's located on the CD under "Documentation". ****July 12****

Overall, I am very pleased with this program and the progress that I am making. The price is fair to me because it cost less than taking a semester course at my local college and I can access this as many times as I want... whenever I want. Rosetta Stone isn't totally complete with everything you need; and that's why I pair it with Google and other books and tools. However, that doesn't mean that this doesn't work or isn't worth your investment. If you understand that learning a language takes constant work and you are determined to teach yourself, buy this. This software is like a teacher. And since I'm a student, it is up to me to do my homework.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Using Rosetta Stone to learn German Feb. 7 2011
By Susan L. Stamberger - Published on
Edition: German Verified Purchase
I am very pleased with Rosetta Stone V4 TOTAle German Level One, and the approach that is taken to teaching a foreign language. There is no English used in any of the lessons; it is only the German language associated with pictures, and the reinforcement of my pronunciation through the voice recognition software. It is a non-stressful way to learn a language -- and it's fun!..
36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Love Rosetta Stone Nov. 18 2010
By Aurealia Durrance - Published on
Edition: German Verified Purchase
I don't know how or why Rosetta Stone works as well as it does, but it is magic. After years of struggling through conventional language programs my son is flying through German and his best friend is zooming through Spanish and both boys are showing real facility with the process and the verbal responses. I have never seen students expressing themselves so quickly or more confidently in a foreign language. Hats off!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a good way for me to build new vocabulary Dec 29 2011
By Desert Gypsy - Published on
Edition: German
Every winter I tend to hibernate for a couple of months and when I do I always seem to pick up some obscure new interest; for a while there it was the idea that I'd learn to speak German. I'd seen the Rosetta Stone program demonstrated at a kiosk in Grand Central Terminal in NYC and it seemed to be a reasonable investment in getting to know how the program works for me while building some basic vocabulary. I like that it appeals to both my visual learning style and that you can increase the difficulty of pronunciation fluency.

Level One covers some pretty basic stuff - things like "newspaper", "egg" and very easy/common words that you would likely learn early on if immersed in the culture you are studying, which is where I agree with the product description. The headset works with decent reliability but sometimes does not want to let me "pass" on a certain word no matter how many times I've said it or how accurate I think I am. I like that the program is based around pictures and spoken word. Since this is just level one I am not sure if this is the best way to learn to speak a new language entirely; for me, this "flash card effect" is a good way to learn and reinforce new vocabulary though.

If you are planning on ordering more levels it might be advisable to check what deals are offered directly by the company, as they have offered some satisfaction guarantee or money back with certain packages. Either way you should have at least 30 days through Rosetta Stone or Amazon to see if this might be a good fit with no risk if it does not suit your learning style. I happen to think this program is worth a try.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars really. Can be frustrating. Jan. 24 2012
By A. Eisenberg - Published on
Edition: German
I have mixed feelings about RS. These reviews should be about the learning aspect of RS, not technical difficulties. I have had a couple of minor glitches, but RS customer service was responsive.
I understand the methodology. In a nutshell, I feel that even minimal information on verb tenses or sentence structure or article usage would be incredibly helpful. Fortunately, my Austrian friends are there to help me (although they seem to think I'm silly to try to learn German when they are happy to speak English to me when I visit!). One friend sent me to this [...] to help me understand. It was very early on in Level 1 that I was confused by all the endings added on without explanation. Yes, you may pick up the patterns at some point, but a bit of explanation would be easier.

That said, there is so much repetition, you need not fear the next lesson. And it is pretty enjoyable on the whole. I grew up hearing a little bit of German/Yiddish, so the pronunciation has been easy for me. I am a bit fanatical about accents, so I want to get it right. I am bugged that occasionally the voices will differ during the lesson. Ex.: the pronunciation lessons for 'und' and 'fahrrad' make clear that you hit the D pretty much like a T; but when the female voice says 'fahrrad,' she says it like a D. Same with 'und'--the male voice says it as a D in one phrase.

It's hard to imagine becoming anywhere near fluent without the rules and such, but I'm reviewing Level 1, so that's not for me to say.
The headset is very nice and solid. So why does each new level come with one?? What a waste! Offer the option of buying the software and using the headset we have.