Rosetta Stone V2: Swahili Level 1
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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
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- Platform: Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Amazon.ca 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.