Rosetta Stone V3: French Level 1 [OLD VERSION]
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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 recognition and analysis tools
- In no time you will speak without a script Contextual Formation makes sure you have the confidence and the cues you need to get the words out on the spot
- With Rosetta Stone Milestone activities you quickly gain confidence to engage in real-life conversations
- Rosetta Stone's unique Adaptive Recall reinforces language so it sticks with you in the real world
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- Platform: Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Amazon.ca Product Description
French Level 1 allows you to build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much
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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
But I am almost done with Level 1 and I actually really enjoyed using it since it is very interactive and the learning method they use (correlating images to words etc) seems to be working for me.
The only thing that i am slightly disappointed is that I only purchased Level 1 and decided to purchase Level2 and 3, but if you notice they don't offer this combination (Marketing scheme???). So I emailed their Sales rep through their website and asked if they offer any discount for level2 and 3 combined. Even though I received a confirmation email, however after a week I haven't heard anything back from them (I even sent them another follow up email a few days ago).
So even though I think the product is almost worth the price, but I really don't like the fact that they don't sell/market Level 2 and 3 combined (It should make sense that a lot of people would rather purchase level 1 individually and if they are satisfied with it then they will buy Level2 and 3). But why they don't offer that combination doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps if I don't hear back from them soon I will go with another software.
Without a true immersion experience (visiting a foreign nation or cloistering yourself at a very expensive university program like Middlebury's where you must pledge to speak only the language you're trying to learn) it can be quite difficult to build speaking skills. Reading skills develop, but speaking, and listening, tend to lag pretty far behind.
Rosetta Stone's French isn't as useful as a summer in Paris, but it's the next best thing. The lessons are exceptionally well-designed for a software immersion program and it's possible to begin to build real fluency if you stick with it and practice frequently.
Some folks may find the program more useful if they supplement the lessons with a good textbook to garner an understanding of the grammatical concepts introduced by the software. This is particularly true if you find you are more a "book learner" than a "visual learner."
If you need a two week cram session before visiting France for a week, go with Pimsleur's beginning CD course. It's more geared to travel survival French (and it's far cheaper). If you are more serious about learning French, and you want to invest some pretty serious time, Rosetta's products are well worth the cost.
Anyway, although I was initially dismayed by the cost of the program, I now feel it was worth every cent.
In contrast, I have a lot of formal language training in Latin and Japanese. In both situations, you learn basics (e.g., verb conjugation), then apply them to situations. I think one of the problems with Rosetta is the paradigm - they assume that you can learn a language as an adult in the same way you learned as a child. I disagree. As a child, you have no learning framework yet, other than osmosis and mimicry. As you go through school, you learn learning structure and learn to hold information in a structured way in your brain. Rosetta doesn't do that.
In contrast, I just found the product Fluenz and absolutely love it. It inverts the paradigm and teaches French by relating it to what we know in English with good, highly detailed explanations of what and why.