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Rosetta Stone Polish Level 1-3 Set

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

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  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Develop language skills to enjoy social interactions; share ideas and opinions
  • Build vocabulary; 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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Communicate and connect around the world. Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Develop the language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share ideas and opinions in your new language.

What Will I Learn

 
This level will help you:
  • Build your vocabulary and language abilities
  • Spell and write accurately
  • Speak without a script
  • Retain what you've learned
  • Read and understand your new language
  • Share ideas and opinions, express feelings and talk about everyday life
Sample topics include:
  • The basics, such as age and family relations
  • 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
  • Political, media, business and religious terms

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.

Amazon.ca Product Description

Connect with the world. Learn language fundamentals from greetings and introductions to simple questions and answers. Give and get directions, tell time, and dine out. Share your opinions, and talk about everyday life: your interests, your work, current events, and more.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tool to learn but not on its own Jan. 20 2011
By ranrod - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked the Rosetta Stone system, but there are a couple of issues you should have in mind if you are going to use this product:

1) There are no translations of the words you are learning. Most of the time this is not an issue. For example, you'll see a picture of a dog with a Polish word written underneath ("pies"). But some of the time I look at the picture and the word underneath and I have a hard time figuring out what they're trying to teach me. Sometimes I made the wrong assumption. I went to Poland and had several misunderstandings because I thought a word meant one things, when it really meant another. For example, I looked at an image in Rosetta Stone with some people having a party at the beach, playing the guitar, dancing, and talking at night. Couldn't make out at all that the word I was supposed to learn was 'bonfire' (there was a small bonfire on the far lower right of the image). To avoid further misunderstandings, I started looking up every new word I saw in a Polish-English online dictionary (I recommend the University of Pittsburgh online Polish dictionary, though google translate was also handy). In addition, there are a ton of words in a language that are hard to represent with an image; especially abstract concepts. Once I had my dictionary handy, I didn't have more misunderstandings though.

2) The Polish language is rich with not only conjugation of verbs, but declinations of nouns (nouns also change based on their function in the sentence). The declination of nouns is extremely difficult to grasp in a flash-card system such as this. I was totally lost until I decided to study declinations properly. For example, the Polish word for 'window' can be 'okno', 'okna', 'oknu', 'oknem', 'oknie', 'okien', etc, based on the word's role in the sentence, whether it's singular or plural, or whether we're talking about 1, 2-4, or 5+ of them (gets complicated, doesn't it?). Looking at random phrases, it's impossible to figure out why nouns keep changing. Look at the word for 'car', which is 'Samochod': "She drives a car" is "Ona prowadzi samochod", but "She doesn't drive a car" is "Ona nie prowadzi samochodu". 1 bowl is "1 miska", 2 bowls is "2 miski", and 6 bowls is "6 misek". If you don't know the rules, it'll just look like the nouns are changing randomly throughout. Not knowing this, I reached an impasse with the lessons, so took about a month to learn about noun declinations and basic rules of gender and number before continuing my with Rosetta Stone. Once I these, the rest of the Rosetta Stone lessons made sense.

3) There's a concept in Polish that is still hard to grasp for me, but used fairly often: The use of the word "sie". I think it's a reflexive adverb, but where it's added in a sentence is tricky. I think you're supposed to put it after the object the verb is affecting, but not always. Knowing Spanish, I think it's similar to the word "te". It only appears in conjunction with certain verbs. The point is, Rosetta Stone doesn't shed any light into the intricacies of a language; such as this one. Not knowing why things are the way they are leads to parroting phrases. Makes it harder to construct sentences of your own.

However, let me say that those 3 issues are problems no matter what method you're using to learn Polish. Polish is one of the most challenging (messed up?) languages you can learn. There really isn't an easy way. I thought going to Poland and immersing myself would make it easier, but it really didn't. It's a very complicated language. I was told that no one, not even in Poland, really understands the language. Funny anecdote: While in Poland, I heard a complete sentence, of about 8 words, without a single vowel in it! I know Spanish, English, Mandarin, and a little Japanese and I can tell you Polish is the most challenging I've seen. Another example of the difficulty: the word "from" in English has 14 different Polish counterparts according to context (you have to know which one to use in which context).

In terms of having a tool to practice and progress through Polish, Rosetta Stone's strength is that it's fun and interesting. I look forward to running Rosetta Stone every single time. It makes me learn and practice Polish every day. At the end of the day, that's the most important thing, isn't it? To keep you trying. To keep you interested. I would've given up using books or audio tapes due to the difficulty of Polish (it also helped me that it is expensive and I want to get my money's worth). I rather do Rosetta Stone than read through books or just listen to audio tapes. For example, learning the phrase "that smells bad" and seeing a picture of a guy holding up a sock and having a nasty expression in his face was hilarious! The pictures do provide good context. Often I remember words and phrases, because I remember the image that came up with it.

Rosetta Stone comes with audio CDs. I use them while driving. They are invaluable in order to fully learn the vocabulary and phrases of the language, but more importantly, so your brain learns to make out Polish when you hear it. At the beginning all the words in a sentence seem to mesh together. You can't tell where one word ends and another begins, but the audio CDs really, really help with that. This is particularly important in Polish as there are words that are hardly audible (such as "w" and "z" - yes, those are words, and each has multiple meanings based on context).
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grammar Problem Sept. 17 2011
By Daniel Chojnowski - Published on Amazon.com
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The biggest problem I have found with using Rosetta Stone is that it does not explain key grammar rules in the Polish language. Rosetta Stone uses a type of immersion technique where you associate the sound of the word or phrase with a picture. It doesn't tell the learner "when" to use certain personal pronouns in certain situations. The polish language has masculine and feminine forms for nouns and objects. The endings of the nouns depends on the gender, kind of noun, situation and tense. It is quite difficult for first time learners and Rosetta Stone does not clarify these important grammatical distinctions. One has to try to guess how or why a particular noun or adjective is used according to what they see happening in the picture. I believe a good grammar book explaining the ins-and-outs of Polish grammar should be used with the program because one could have a very difficult time distinguishing the correct grammar through picture association alone. Nouns in the Polish language could have up to seven different kinds of endings. I believe Rosetta Stone is a good companion along with a proper Polish course in a classroom with a Polish language instructor. However, if you learn best visually and auditory you might really like the Rosetta teaching style, but I still feel there is nothing better than a proper class/course with a live teacher.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but need other Polish language learning tools first Aug. 4 2013
By Steven "dyadictensor" - Published on Amazon.com
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Just as many others have said very eloquently, words keep changing in Polish due to the nature of the language. The rules for this can not be intuited from the immersion technique in Rosetta Stone. Even if you can recognize "psa" and "pies" as both "dog", and even if you can recognize "dwa", "dwie", "dwoje", "dwoch", etc. as all being the number two (and this alone is a challenge), there is simply no way to be able to predict which of these you are supposed to use and when. That said, Rosetta Stone Polish IS fun. Just learn some Polish through other means first, and then come back here after you've gotten past an introductory level elsewhere.

If you are looking for a FUN computer program that teaches you Polish and teaches you the grammar rules of Polish along the way, I recommend Polski Bez Problemu +, Levels 1-3, instead. If you go this route, make sure you get the + version, as the one without is just a textbook and some MP3s. But it is the software that makes this purchase valuable, as it has interactive exercises that adapt to your mistakes. Do a web search on Supermemo World EU, because it is made by a company based in Poland and is therefore often out of stock on Amazon. See Polski Bez problemu!+ Elementary Level A1-A2 (Book & CD-ROM) for my review of Level 1.

If you are an absolute beginner in Polish, I would actually recommend that you first get an audio-only course, such as Pimsleur Polish 1 Comprehensive or Michel Thomas Method--Total and Perfect Polish. (See Polish, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs and Total Polish with the Michel Thomas Method (Michel Thomas Series)), and then later move on to things like Polski Bez Problemu + and/or Rosetta Stone. I go into more details about all this in my Pimsleur Polish 1 Comprehensive review.
5.0 out of 5 stars You will learn if you are serious about it March 24 2014
By Kem Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been trying for 2 years to teach myself Polish, with no success. I've used books, movies, music, and Youtube and still struggled to learn the language. Using Rosetta I've learned more in a month than what I did in the previous 2 years. The difference for me is that it is well organized and more fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but worth it Jan. 17 2014
By Benjamin Miner - Published on Amazon.com
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The price is a little off-putting but if you are serious about learning a new language and you want some supplemental lessons then I would highly recommend this one. Rosetta stone and Pimsleur are probably the best you will find. My wife is Polish and having never learned (never even heard if before meeting her!) the language I was totally new to the idioms and idiosyncrasies of this language. Polish is not too easy (easier than English) but Rosetta stone did a great job at helping me learn the language and learn it quickly (I have been to Poland several times now). Highly recommend for new and novice learners.
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