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Rosetta Stone V2: Tagalog Level 1-2 Set [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X

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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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System Requirements

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

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000TFI08A
  • Release Date: Aug. 28 2007
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,273 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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With Tagalog Level 1&2 you engage the world around you, drawing on basic content and structures from level 1 and the blocks of everyday language from level 2. Learn to speak and write clearly and correctly, gaining the confidence to go where you want and


Why is Rosetta Stone the world's No. 1 language-learning software? Because it works.

Escape the endless tedium of translation, memorization, and grammar drills. Get the language you want, the skills you need, and the success you deserve by learning a new language naturally--the same way you learned your first language.


The complete immersion environment puts your native language-learning skills to work, eliminating your dependence on tedious translation and rote memorization.

  Images Intuition  

In Rosetta Stone you learn the meaning of new language from clear, real-life images.

In this activity you learn a few basic nouns.

You advance using language you've learned and clues from new images. That's your intuition at work.

Now that you know these nouns, you can easily grasp the meaning of the new verb...

  Interactivity Instruction  

Throughout Rosetta Stone, you constantly interact with the program to confirm your intuition.

...and then check what you've learned.

From beginning to end you build systematically toward your language-learning goals, for the most effective and enjoyable instruction anywhere.

Pattern your speech after a native speaker. Our speech comparison feature shows you exactly how you're doing.


You learned your first language without translation.
You learned your first language easily and naturally by connecting words to objects and events around you. With Rosetta Stone, learn a new language the same way: using native speakers and thousands of real-life images to help you think in the new language from the very beginning. Studies show that learning exclusively in the new language, without translation as a crutch, is crucial.

Rosetta Stone's exclusive Dynamic Immersion method reinforces your natural language-learning skills with award-winning instructional technology.

The timeless immersion method, along with research-based techniques and new technologies, make Rosetta Stone the clear solution to your language-learning needs.

What will you be able to do?

Understand everyday language.
Through Rosetta Stone's proficiency-based listening and reading activities, you'll soon be able to understand everyday language.

Pronounce words correctly.
After practicing with Rosetta Stone’s proprietary speech comparison tool, the correct pronunciation of words will come easily.

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.

Spell and write accurately.
Language-specific keyboards and drag-and-drop tiles perfect your writing skills.

Learn to communicate.
You'll quickly combine words and phrases into complete sentences and dialogues.

Retain what you learn.
Regular reinforcement of new words and phrases in new contexts ensures the language sticks with you in the real world.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd9d80) out of 5 stars Good Tool for Tagalog Dec 12 2007
By J. P. Crippen - Published on
So far I am very happy with this program. I have been using this program for a short time and can tell what I'm learning is sticking. One thing I like about this program is that unlike books and some other programs it doesnt get bogged down in explaining endings and cases, it teaches by using them in context. The one weakness is that like many language programs/books it doesn't always convey they way "it's really done". For example after learning the basic colors my wife (who is a native speaker) explained to me they use the english words for most colors. I think that anyone who sticks with this program will get a good grasp on the language. I would recommend once you have a good grasp watching some tagalog movies to hear what you've learned in a "realistic" setting.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec63b88) out of 5 stars Very Satisfied Feb. 8 2008
By Paul Gunderson - Published on
Having tried many different methods to try to learn Tagalog, this one is helping what I learn stick. Also, the price was well below the competitors. Great buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d01f9f0) out of 5 stars Do trials with other options like L-Lingo or Pimsleur before you buy Nov. 25 2012
By Brian Carter - Published on
There are many different ideas on the best way for adults to learn a foreign language. Much depends on the student, their goals, and their self-discipline. Dealing with a tonal language or a language with a different script, the student need make some big decisions about how they want to learn, and how much. Relatively speaking, Filipino/Pilipino/Tagalog is easy.

I learned Spanish as an adult. I am now fluent at a professional/business level. About 10-15% of Tagalog is Spanish, and the spelling of Tagalog words are all based on Spanish sounds.

I learned to read Thai. I can write some, but my vocabulary is very small. 90% of my Thai came from taking private one-on-one classes while living in Thailand for 6 months.

I studied some Tagalog, some Korean, and some Thai using Rosetta Stone.

If you just want to learn some Tagalog to get around as a tourist, enough people speak excellent English in the Philippines you will probably never be able to use it. The Filipinos who don't speak English will typically avoid speaking to you, even when you try to speak Tagalog. Regardless, an immersion product, like Rosetta Stone, is probably not as useful because much of the vocabulary and context is not related to what you will want to know (do you really need to say the boy is under the soccer ball?).

If you want to seriously learn the language to be able to carry on casual or business conversations, commit early and realize there is far more work involved. To really practice Tagalog, you will need to go to less savory parts of Manila, or plan on getting outside of Manila, Cebu, away from the red light districts in Olongapo and Angeles, and avoid the resort areas like Puerta Galera and Boracay. To really use Tagalog, you need to go to areas where those who don't speak English are willing to make an effort to understand you.

For me, I first needed to learn the alphabet. Since spelling is based on Spanish phonetics and the Roman alphabet, this was easy for me with Tagalog. For other languages, like Thai, you CANNOT consistently pronounce Thai correctly using Romanized phonetics. T one rules are only consistent in Thai script. Among other challenges, the Romanization is wildly inconsistent. You learn it one way, and then another source using different phonetics mires you in confusion. The same is probably also true of Korean, as it is also a phonetic language. Learning Chinese will likely be different. This part of Tagalog is easy though.

Second, I realized for me, I need to take notes. As adults we want to take notes to help remember key points. If you take the notes in English, you are handicapping yourself. This is more difficult, and far more important, in languages with their own script.

Third, again for me, I knew learning translation would create a permanent handicap. Early on, translation is easier, later on translation must be unlearned as it stilts actual conversation and thinking. You just can't translate fast enough. Even now, being fluent in Spanish, translating gives me a headache and frustrates me. I either have a conversation in Spanish, thinking in Spanish, or I have a conversation in English thinking in English. If I know a word in one language and not the other, my whole train of thought is derailed. Avoiding learning translation is where Rosetta Stone shines.

I like the idea of Rosetta Stone. If you are disciplined enough to do the lessons regularly, you will expand your spoken vocabulary rapidly. You will remember what you learn. For reading and writing, Rosetta Stone is limited. I doubt it will do much for reading and writing with non-Roman scripts. Like any learning tool, disciplined study will yield results.

Rosetta Stone is very expensive. Competing products like L-Lingo or products using different methods like Pimsleur,, Assimil, or Fluenz (supposedly the best, but only in a few languages) are a fraction of the cost of Rosetta Stone. Many of the different methods will work better for some people than others. Assimil is translation based. Pimsleur is hard to describe, but has a very good fluency success rate (supposedly). Look up Fluenz also, as the method and reviews suggest it is very effective in the few languages they offer.

Besides cost, what is the other drawback to Rosetta Stone? The drawbacks are legion.

Version 2 is good. Version 2 is how Rosetta Stone grew into a powerhouse. The voice recognition is very primitive. Version 3 is a refinement of version 2 with improved continuity, a smoother interface, better quizzes, and the ability to get rid of the stupid "must have CD with you at all times" limitation. You can also advance or return to the exact spot where you left off earlier.

Unfortunately, Rosetta Stone dropped support for Version 2. Even though they were selling version 2 from their own website in 2012, they dropped support. Mac users are especially impacted as Mac OSX Lion will no longer run PPC apps, and Rosetta Stone never ported Version 2 to Intel. So, if you bought Version 2 in 2012 to use on a Mac, you were ripped off by Rosetta Stone. Join the crowd.

Windows users should not be too smug about the situation, as the end of Version 2 support means your product will have all sorts of issues too, unless you downgrade to WinXP.

Version 3 runs on current platforms, and is supported (to the extent Rosetta Stone supports any product). Version 3 is easily the pinnacle of the Rosetta Stone application. Given so many users prefer version 3 to version 4 though, don't be surprised if they pull a Microsoft and force users to their new product nobody wants.

Total 4e, is a disappointing retrograde of Rosetta Stone. To be fair, if you are always connected -- literally 100% of the time, never a lost packet -- and live your life via social media, Total 4e might work for you. Don't expect to use the highly touted iOS apps on your iPhone or iPad though unless you are connected 100% of the time with those devices also. The whole idea of quickly practicing while in line or waiting in an office...yeah, that doesn't conform to the Rosetta Stone licensing model.

Speaking of which, Rosetta Stone now has two components and two licensing models. There is the software application and the online social media part. The application can be run as long as they support it on current platforms. The online social media component is now on a subscription basis. You pay for every month in which you want to participate. You can still use the app on your computer, but you just paid a premium for online access you aren't using unless you continue to pay the subscription.

Given there are many free or lower cost websites where learners can interact and practice language skills, why pay Rosetta Stone a monthly premium for less content? Therein lies the reason so many people look at Total 4e and then try to find version 3 before supplies run out.

How about another suggestion?

Try L-Lingo. L-Lingo uses a very similar learning model to Rosetta Stone. The interface actually has more features than Rosetta Stone and you can customize the interface to use Roman phonetics or native script. They have iPad and iPhone/IPod Touch iOS apps which you can use on a plane, or anywhere else, with or without Internet access. Best of all, all of their programs together (Win or Mac desktop, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch) are less than half the cost of Rosetta Stone Level I.

L-Lingo specializes in Asian languages. They are probably a superior option to Rosetta Stone Total 4e for most users. L-Lingo offers a free trial for their desktop application, and also for their iOS applicastions for some languages.

There are other good options listed above, particularly Fluenz and Pimsleur which use different methods. Be sure to check them out before buying anything published by Rosetta Stone.
HASH(0x9dc5d45c) out of 5 stars Don't hesitate because of the price Dec 5 2010
By Tab - Published on
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This is the way to learn any language. I'm a stay at home mom that is raising half filipino children to be trilingual: spanish english & tagalog. This program has been the wisest investment we made towards this difficult task. I wish for more time to do it. The program takes every lesson & makes you learn to spell it, say it, memorize it, use it in real life cotents, etc.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d2e6e1c) out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone's Tagalog July 4 2008
By T.Vin - Published on
Very effective way to trick an old brain to learn to think in another language. I have no completed the lectures, but already see the results.