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Rosetta Stone V3: French Level 1 [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 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

System Requirements

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

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Rosetta Stone delivers Feb. 16 2009
By D. Wood - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
Being 63, I expected to have lots of difficulty learning a new language. Not so with the total immersion method of Rosetta Stone. I'm half way through the first level and have learned much faster than I did as a young student being subjected to the endless vocabulary lists and grammar exercises. This method is truly intuitive and much easier, at least for me. I listen to the Audio Companion just before going to sleep at night. Great reinforcement. Technically, the product is extremely interactive and easy to use, flexible and adaptive to individual needs. I was hesitant to spend so much, but I am thrilled with my decision.
121 of 130 people found the following review helpful
Good Product But Does not Have Responsive Sales Team July 8 2008
By M. Tavakoli - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
This is my first language software that I have ever used, so I don't have any other product to compare it to.

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.
72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Learning Experience Feb. 1 2008
By Andrew J. Kinney - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
A little about me - I studied Spanish in college and was a 4.0 student who was selected for a foreign exchange program in Uruguay because of my academic performance, so I think I know a liitle about learning a foreign language. Many of the reviews I have seen of Rosetta Stone deal with it's difficulty of installation on a Mac or other technical issues. I think this kind of criticism, while perhaps valid, is not the most pertinent information a potential language student needs. Rosetta Stone V3 Level 1 French has been an excellent tool for my son and me to learn basic French, and though we installed our copy on a PC (not a Mac), we have had no technical issues; it could not have been simpler to install. I learned Spanish 30 years ago, before there were computer applications to assist with learning a language, but I am very impressed with the method Rosetta Stone uses, and it is quite similar to the total immersion method by which I learned Spanish all those years ago, albeit with a live instructor and by listening to tapes of native speakers. If you just stay with the program, things that you don't necessarily understand at first become clear as you move through the exercises. I will say that at some point you will want to acquire a French verb conjugation book like 501 French Verbs or equivalent, and probably a used French college textbook, but I estimate that 95% of what is presented can be learned by simply doing the exercises Rosetta Stone presents. One of the best things about the program is the immediate feedback it gives you on both pronunciation and correctness of sentences, and another excellent feature is the "native speaker speech comparison" (that's probably not what RosettaStone calls it); in this feature you can play a native speaker's rendition of a certain French phrase, and then you repeat the phrase and Rosetta Stone evaluates your pronunciation graphically.

Anyway, although I was initially dismayed by the cost of the program, I now feel it was worth every cent.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Best Software Tool For Building Spoken Fluency April 18 2008
By M. Agosta - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
Rosetta Stone products are expensive, far more expensive than most of the language learning tools you'll find on Amazon or in a bookstore. But Rosetta Stone is well worth the price.

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.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
There are better products out there Jan. 7 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
It pains me to give Rosetta a 2/5 star rating, but, I think it is justified. They obviously put a huge amount of effort into this product, and it shows. However, I do not agree with their essential assumptions regarding language learning are accurate. Rosetta is all about total immersion, teaching you a language through total immersion in that language, (in their view) simulating how your learned your native tongue as a child. This paradigm manifests itself in a key difference than how other language tools work - Rosetta is 100% in its target language (here French). Rosetta tries to teach you language concepts by giving you a limited number of learning concepts (say, for exe, vocab), and then requiring you to apply it to a given situation. For example, if its teaching you 4 words, you'll be presented with a screen of 4 images, each of which corresponds to one of the words, and you have to match word to image. So for learning vocab, its outstanding. However, the major failure is on grammar and usage. The same principle applies - it will present a grammatical construct, and use image mapping to teach you. The problem really arises on nuanced principles. When the verb is "to be", its easy to learn "he is..." vs "she is..." by looking at an image of a man vs woman doing something. If you take a harder construct, for example, how to form questions, it becomes very difficult for a set of images to accurately convey the real meaning. For example, asking a yes/no question involves "est-ce que...."; asking a "what" question involves "qu'est'ce que..."; I found that the images could not effectively help me understand the difference between these two constructs. The same applies to many other types of usage, such as the when to use il/elle est vs c'est. Bottom line is that you lose a comprehensive understanding of what you're learning.

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.