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Rosetta Stone Korean Level 1

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 8
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  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Korean with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key Korean 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 Korean 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 Korean language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
  • Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Learn basic Korean conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more. Learn Korean 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: Korean
  • Platform:    Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

Edition: Korean
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 16.5 x 19.7 cm ; 290 g
  • ASIN: 1617160520
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #999 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Edition:Korean 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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Edition: Korean Verified Purchase
This purchase really disappointed me.
Having worked on Rosetta Stone, German Level 1 - 5,(which is wonderful) I expected similar easy vocab at the beginning of Korean. Also I thought I would be given some indication on how to pronounce symbols considering that this is totally different for European languages.
I think that it was made for someone who has some knowledge of this language. At least with German I could visually connect what was being said with the words on the screen, although I did not know them. With Korean, there was no way I could do this as the text was totally incomprehensible. So instead of using this Rosetta Stone - Korean, I have packed it away & decided to take a night school course. From past experience, I will then get some grounding in the language basics.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Rosetta Stone Korean Level 1 May 6 2012
By Oneota - Published on
Edition: Korean
I bought this product or an earlier version of it some time ago. It was sold with a guarantee, but when I wrote to get my money back, I never got an answer.

Why did I want my money back? Well, I was not learning Korean with it despite hundreds of hours with it [I only stuck with it because I had spent so much money and knew of no available alternative at that time]. The pictures were ambiguous and in a few classes unclear [I am not used to seeing a horse's head up so close that I can't recognize it. There is a picture showing a leg and a foot -- which one is meant? What is being said with the guy falling off in the rodeo or the guy on the skateboard?]. It took me a long time to figure out the prepositions of place without any explanation.

The program also doesn't allow for the fact that there are not one-to-one mappings from "observation" to a target language for all prepositions of place [think of the diverse uses of the English preposition of place "on"]. In Korean, the words for red and blue have a contrasting initial consonant, that I cannot hear in the program, but the second consonant, though written the same, sounds distinctly different to me. Maybe these are allophones, maybe not: But RS is no help here.

I worked HARD on this program. It was one of the most frustrating experiences in my life. In fact, I got to the point where I knew all the answers but still had no idea what I was saying in 10~20% of them. The review system seemed faulty: I would be tested again and again on words and phrases I already knew and got correct -- and not get out of the loop. This is NOT how I learned my first language. [Besides that, as an adult, I don't expect, and research does not indicate, that I will learn L1 and L2.] Here are two places where some guidance would have been helpful:
1] Korean has two systems for counting, pure Korean and Sino-Korean. There are specific applications for each, e.g., for how much something costs versus how things are being bought. RS teaches one set of numbers, but then times are taught, with-out any explanation that the numbers just learned are simply a different system than what applies to the hours of the day. 2] Korean only uses plural markers and subjects when they are not clear from the context. But RS seems to be ignorant of this, very early on make a big to-do [as I would if I were teaching English, German or Spanish, for example] of the difference between 'banana' and 'bananas.' This certainly did not help me when I got to Korea and tried to buy things!

The speakers speak rapidly. This is a natural speed for Seoul natives. But some allowance should be made for 1] learners and 2] the reality that people in some parts of Korea speak much more slowly.

Even more of the content is questionable: A Korean friend said that the sentences were unrealistic.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Overpriced, but not useless July 6 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Edition: Korean
After completing the first CD, I have to say I'm a little disappointed. If 1 CD is meant to roughly equal a semester, then it probably falls a little short, and is priced about the same. In sheer vocabulary, it's definitely good, but the phrases it teaches are a little nonsensical - why must I know how to say a table is made of metal, before I learn how I learn how to say "I don't understand," or "what?" (neither phrase taught on this CD). Good at what it does, but it's more of a supplement than anything else.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Waste of time and money May 28 2011
By Michael - Published on
Edition: Korean
This program is a waste of time and money. After paying for this overpriced software package, a few months later they hit you with more charges to maintain your account. The program does nothing more than show you pictures and then says the words in Korean. They never bother to teach anything or give you a way to learn what they are saying except by the picture. Most of the time the picture is confusing and doesn't help explain what your supposed to be learning. I regret making this purchase, wish I could get a refund.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Program! Feb. 1 2012
By Lindsey M - Published on
Edition: Korean Verified Purchase
I chose to buy this product since I will be studying abroad in South Korea. I'm half way through the course, but I can already say that I feel a lot more confident now than I was before. This program is different in that at first, you honestly have no idea what you are doing, but as the course progresses, you repeat, and therefore learn, not just memorize, the language! You will only find this beneficial if you are dedicated about learning and take it as a new language instead of trying to make sense of syntax, diction, etc. i also transferred my program from one mac to another and it runs smoothly. CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT BEFORE YOU DO THIS!

**Couldn't be happier!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It is a good tool Feb. 6 2013
By Kelsey Evans - Published on
Edition: Korean Verified Purchase
Rosetta stone is a good tool for learning Korean, but I have to supplement it with grammar materials. I think that for the price, I should not be required to buy anything else to effectively learn the language. Considering there are so few resources for English speakers learning Korean, this is among the best. I really appreciate the speaking and listening. The grammar is not very helpful as I was unsure what most of the rules were that I was supposed to employ. The writing was way too hard. It went from copy small syllables to writing sentences perfectly with no forgiveness for even teh slightest error, even if it was just spacing.