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Rosetta Stone V2: Swahili Level 1

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X
3 customer reviews

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  • Rosetta Stone helps you understand everyday language through our proficiency-based listening and reading activities
  • You will pronounce words correctly after practicing with our proprietary speech comparison tool
  • Find the words you need when you need them Connecting new language directly to real-life images means the words spring to mind when you're in everyday contexts
  • Rosetta Stone teaches you to spell and write accurately Language-specfic keyboards and drag and drop tiles perfect your writing skills
  • Learn to communicate by quickly combining words and phrases into complete sentences and dialogues

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000TFBZ7S
  • Release Date: Aug. 28 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,774 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description Product Description

Swahili Level 1 starts at the very beginning. You progress from words and phrases to complete sentences. Basic content and structures help you engage the world around you, culminating in practical language for getting around town. At any time you can p

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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I hammered away at the lessons for quite some time, but made little progress. Part of the problem is that it is often not very clear what message the pictures are trying to convey. While individual nouns like "bird," "car," "woman", "man," "boy," or "girl" are obvious, once there are complete sentences it's not so obvious what the pictures are trying to say. At least provide some English translations somewhere to solve this dilemma. I started manually transferring the Swahili sentences to Google Translate to figure out what they meant because the photos were so unhelpful, but in the end found the hassle wasn't worth the effort and ditched it. I've since completed 2 separate language programs with Duolingo and find their process much more fun and efficient (and free) for learning languages so I'll wait for Duolingo to offer Swahili. Considering the price and claims that Rosetta makes, I find their program quite disappointing. In fairness, I haven't tried any of Rosetta's other languages so perhaps they may be better, but considering my experience with their Swahili program, I won't be risking my money on them.
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I was extremely hesitant to try Rosetta Stone as I had heard very conflicting reviews online and the price can be a bit intimidating. Finally though, I decided to go for it and purchased the Swahili V 2.0 and I love it! It's amazing how much you retain even after only one day, I was completely shocked. On top of that, they make a language that I would have expected to be very difficult quite simple and fun.
My only complaint is that I'm on the second of eight lessons it comes with and so far I've learned a bit about sentence structure and how to alter verbs according to who you're talking about, but absolutely nothing about greetings or seemingly basic interactions. I occasionally use an online translation tool to figure out exactly what some of Rosetta's pictures are referring to, but I feel that with Rosetta, a Swahili-English dictionary, and maybe a cheap book about Swahili grammer I would be perfectly well-rounded in all of my learning! Despite the occasional shortcoming (no language class, book or software is perfect, after all) I 100% recommend this software for any language!
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I first learned about Rosetta Stone through a friend who was using it to learn Mandarin. He raved about it and recommended I get a copy for French (which I needed for work at the time). I did, and loved it. I've also used Rosetta Stone for learning German and am now about to start the Swahili edition.

The program uses no English at all, so you are completely immersed in the new language. This is by far the best way to learn a new language. It might sound like that would make it quite difficult to use, but actually it is a lot easier than it seems. The photos are beautiful and bright and the mic feature is really helpful with your pronunciation. It really is quite a fun and addictive program!

I'm taking Swahili classes and am excited to start the new program as a side to my lessons. I really recommend using the program.

My only complaint about the program is the price. It would be a lot more accessible to people if it was half or even 1/3 the price. But aside from the price, this is honestly the best program out there so I just couldn't give it only 4 stars! It's definitely worth the price if you can afford it.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Helpful but over-rated Feb. 6 2010
By J. Magee - Published on
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Unfortunately, Rosetta Stone has not updated its Kiswahili program in the way that it has done with more popular languages such as Spanish. As a result, this is a fairly short program that teaches a limited subset of the language. Also, this sort of point-and-click language learning cannot begin to address some of the harder aspects of Kiswahili grammar.

However, it is good practice and a good introduction to the spoken language before diving into a more thorough text-based resource such as Teach Yourself Swahili, or Swahili: a Foundation for Speaking, Reading and Writing.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Quality and Function Not Worth the Price Oct. 10 2010
By Etre Simyre - Published on
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I could only progress so far with this program before I felt frustrated and had to purchase some Kiswahili grammar and conversational text guides to keep learning. Also, they don't offer much native visual or cultural context to the areas you might actually use this language in, which is something even my college-level Spanish and German courses stressed (for example, Workbook in Spanish First Year).

Rosetta Stone also hasn't released an update or improved this product in any way (they've been on Version 2 for a few years now), yet they have raised the price by at least 5% since I purchased it in spring of 2008. I get the feeling that Rosetta Stone is lazily and haughtily leaning on its reputation and market share in the absence of other strong competitors. I would give this product 3 stars if it weren't for the increasing price on an aging product.

I also should note that the DVD surfaces are coated with a heavy yellow paint which can cause an unbalanced disc and catching in some DVD drives. My disc gets caught every time I eject (on two different DVD drives now, one a Sony, the other a LITE-ON) and it scratched the foil clear through, affecting DVD performance. I contacted Rosetta Stone's customer service for a replacement disc, and they were quite rude and abrupt and told me they will not issue you a replacement disc unless you can prove you originally purchased it NEW (so don't count on any replacement of used versions purchased from used book stores or eBay). Thankfully, Amazon keeps records of your purchases online on your account, because I long since discarded the receipt that came with the box.

Also note: Not surprisingly, you CANNOT purchase any 'used' versions on Amazon from other sellers...they're not made available on Amazon.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Rosetta Stone is a very good tutor Dec 1 2007
By W. Marsh - Published on
I have been using this a short time but Rosetta Stone is a full feature tutoring system for learning Swahili. I have friends that speak Swahili and am able to understand the words I have learned, and they are surprised how well I pronounce them. The feedback using the microphone for me and the recorded native speaker for comparison allows me to get the pronunciation correct.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Wouldn't touch this one again! Dec 21 2010
By livinginKenya - Published on
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I can't really tell you how it works...because....IT NEVER DID!!!! I bought this program a few months before I left to live in Kenya permanently. Because Rosetta Stone has such a respected name, I sprang for it - an expense I would normally never even consider. In hindsight, I shouldn't have! I had to send for replacement cds 3 times, because they didn't work on my brand-new MacBook. Because I was in Kenya when I found that my second set of replacement discs didn't work either, I was stuck with useless cds until I returned this Christmas. Now back in the States, I've spent several hours on the phone with technical services and after uninstalling and reinstalling several times, making the issue even worse, they shifted the blame onto Mac and said I had programs missing! Even their top level techs couldn't resolve the issue - they just sent me an article on how to install some program. All-in-all, I'd never purchase another Rosetta Stone program - a private tutor is not expensive and works much better - I got a husband out of the deal :)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Immersion Language Program April 10 2010
By Fairbanks Reader - Published on
Swahili is the national language of Tanzania. Having traveled there twice and planning to return as a healthcare volunteer, I decided that it was time I learned Swahili. I purchased the Rosetta Stone language learning program in part because there are not too many Swahili language programs out there. It is a full immersion program which is not my strongest suit. However, I have modified the program by adding my own written word supplements, vocabulary and grammar separate from the program. The program is good, I make no bones about that. It is just that I need more than immersion in order to learn a language so different from English as is Swahili.

My plan is to work in a hospital in Tanzania for one month per year and I think that this program will give me the basic Swahili that I need. The visuals are fun, colorful and effective. The program requires dedication and work, up to two hours per day. I love doing the work but feel that I am just not getting it all. I am looking for another program to supplement this one. I have just ordered the Pimsleur program and will try to do that one along with the Rosetta.