Rosetta Stone Polish Level 1-3 Set
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- Learn to read, write, and speak in Polish with Rosetta Stone.
- Build upon a foundation of key Polish 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 Polish 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 Polish language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
- From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions in Polish. Develop the Polish language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share your ideas and opinions. Learn Polish today with Rosetta Stone.
- Platform: Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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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.
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)
From the Manufacturer
Discover the new Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Set experience
Millions of people around the world have already learned a new language with our award-winning approach. It's no coincidence that Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language. Our method is effective because it's more than the newest app—it's the result of decades of research into the way people learn best.
With the Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 set you will 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.
Rosetta Stone Levels 1-3 Set
Live Conversation Sessions
What will you learn?
Level 1: 0-50 Hours
Gain confidence by mastering basic conversational skills. This includes greetings, introductions, simple Q&A's, and much more.
Level 2: 51-100 Hours
Learn to navigate your environment and handle basic interactions. This includes giving (and getting) directions, using transportation, telling time, eating out, and more.
Level 3: 101 - 150 Hours
Learn to share ideas and opinions, express feelings, and talk everyday life. This includes your interests, profession, current events, and more.
You’ll learn through immersion—which means you’ll only hear and speak your new language. Without offering your native language for translation, our interactive immersion encourages you to learn more actively than other methods, which means you’ll be more successful.
Our advanced system presents material at the right intervals to optimize your individual learning. The curriculum is sequenced to introduce new skills in a way that stimulates your brain’s natural language learning ability.
Advanced speech recognition technology analyzes every syllable, whenever you speak.
Does the Rosetta Stone solution work?
- Millions of learners around the world have discovered a language with the Rosetta Stone solution—from individuals to corporate clients such as NASA, the US State Department, and more than 10,000 schools.
Rosetta Stone Advanced Features
Rosetta Studio introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. Supercharge your learning and experience everything communicating live has to offer.
Rosetta World is a lively online community where ramping up your language skills looks a lot like playing games. Reinforce what you've learned by having a live online chat, or facing off against new friends around the world. Chances are, you'll be having so much fun, you won't realize how much you're improving.
Rosetta Stone on the Go!
Learn and practice on the go-or sync and track your progress across multiple devices. Our available mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and smartphones make it easy.
Ready To Dive In?
If you want to learn to swim, you need to get in the water.
It's the same with learning to speak another language. Without your native language for help, you'll learn actively—which makes you more successful.
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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).
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.
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