Rosetta Stone Italian Level 1
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- Learn to read, write, and speak in Italian with Rosetta Stone.
- Build upon a foundation of key Italian vocabulary, words, and phrases.
- Rosetta Stone moves forward when you are ready. You drive the pace. You set the schedule.
- Practice live online with a native Italian speaking tutor, and have access to the Rosetta Stone online learning community.
- Take the Rosetta Stone experience with you while on-the-go, free 3 month trial included. Build your Italian language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
- Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Learn basic Italian conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more. Learn Italian today with Rosetta Stone.
- Platform: Windows 7 / XP / 8, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Amazon.ca Product Description
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 more.
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)
From the Manufacturer
Discover the new Rosetta Stone Level 1 experience
Millions of people around the world have already learned a new language with our award-winning approach. It's no coincidence that Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language. Our method is effective because it's more than the newest app—it's the result of decades of research into the way people learn best.
With Level 1 you build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Begin to learn and speak with confidence. Master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more.
Rosetta Stone Level 1
Live Conversation Sessions
What will you learn?
Gain confidence by mastering basic conversational skills. This includes greetings, introductions, simple Q&A's, and much more.
Hello, how are you?
What is your name?
Nice to meet you.
Where are you from?
My name is David Brown.
This is my friend Anna.
Excuse me, do you speak Chinese?
How much does the gray sweater cost?
I am buying the sweater because I'm visiting my grandmother this afternoon.
I want to pay with a credit card.
You’ll learn through immersion—which means you’ll only hear and speak your new language. Without offering your native language for translation, our interactive immersion encourages you to learn more actively than other methods, which means you’ll be more successful.
Our advanced system presents material at the right intervals to optimize your individual learning. The curriculum is sequenced to introduce new skills in a way that stimulates your brain’s natural language learning ability.
Advanced speech recognition technology analyzes every syllable, whenever you speak.
Does the Rosetta Stone solution work?
- Millions of learners around the world have discovered a language with the Rosetta Stone solution—from individuals to corporate clients such as NASA, the US State Department, and more than 10,000 schools.
Rosetta Stone's Advanced Features
Rosetta Studio introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. Supercharge your learning and experience everything communicating live has to offer.
Rosetta World is a lively online community where ramping up your language skills looks a lot like playing games. Reinforce what you've learned by having a live online chat, or facing off against new friends around the world. Chances are, you'll be having so much fun, you won't realize how much you're improving.
Rosetta Stone on the Go
Learn and practice on the go-or sync and track your progress across multiple devices. Our available mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and smartphones make it easy.
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Top Customer Reviews
The use of Italian words accompanied by pictures means that you are thinking in the language more or less from the word go. The voice recognition aspect of the software is clever, and makes you go over words and phrases which you are mispronouncing until you get it right. I think that, most importantly, the way in which the course is presented makes learning fun and I found myself progressing through the units much more quickly than I was expecting.
The Rosetta Stone system of learning languages is very highly rated by teachers and other professionals. Many schools consider that investing in expensive RS software licenses is worthwhile which very much speaks for itself. Once you have started to use the software it is very easy to understand why it is rated so highly as it is an extremely effective way of learning. You find yourself adding to your vocabulary very quickly and grammar, writing and pronunciation proceed at a similar pace.
There are some aspects that would be purchasers should be aware of however. This course comes with a 3 month access to the online aspects which include live tutorials with French native speakers, and various community activities with games etc to improve your skills. You have to commence your inclusive three months within six months of purchase.Read more ›
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Let me explain (if you do know how this works skip to the next paragraph for updates on the new features). This program does the best it can to mimic a child-like learning environment, which is what everyone needs to learn. I really mean it. Think of it this way: how do children learn a language? They imitate what they hear and see, right? They do not have a concept early on of memorization. Children do not memorize language, grammar, vocabulary, sentences, etc...they repeat what they hear, associate what they hear with what they see, and make mistakes as they go, slowly correcting themselves with guidance and observation and trial and error. This program does the same thing, but with you, an adult (or so I presume for most readers of this review). It shows you a picture, associates the word visually, and then through audition. You then practice back by seeing, choosing, saying the words that you have learned. You'll make mistakes, but will self-correct with this program just like a child would. Practice will not make perfect, only permanent. Hence, when you do practice, make sure to do it slowly and really understand what it is that you're saying, seeing, and hearing; this program makes it much easier than reading a book alone, or just listening to audio cassettes; it's truly an all-encompassing programs. Memorization and just repetition is NOT the way to learn a language, and friend of mine who did this for 4 years (think Highschool) cannot speak a single sentence even though they were A students. I, having been blessed with a teacher who forced us to live the language by all the ways that a mind can comprehend it, never memorized the language, and can speak it very well now (no medical terms, but good `ol conversation and banter).
So, what's new here compared to V3? I was pleasantly surprised that at least one of my previous suggestions in a previous review was taken seriously. I had mentioned the need for you to practice with native speakers in order to really get the hang of a language. And now, you get this chance with a short free trial. I had also mentioned in the old review to make learning the language fun, as anything that's fun is instantly remembered for the long term better as we all know. Rosetta Stone included games to play and enjoy. I'm very happy that this company really listens to its customers and updates its products, instead of sticking to its guns thinking they figured everything out. Two thumbs up for that.
I HAVE NOT (reason forthcoming), yet tried the online sessions with the native speakers. There's a reason for this, and I really hope you take note of this before purchasing this product. First, I don't recommend purchasing level 1 of this language (and logically of any). I want you to ask yourself why you want to learn this language? To learn how to say "pants" and barely speak or comprehend a sentence, or to actually learn to have some minimal conversational skill? I'm going to take a wild guess and say you fit into the latter category. It makes no sense to me to "try" out learning a language and barely learn anything for such an EXPENSIVE program! Unless you have money to burn skip buying the incomplete set, please. I recommend that if you are REALLY truly serious about getting the hang of a language to a minimally conversational degree with just the software then get the entire set and save yourself money in the long-run (quite a bit I might add). Then use the online native speakers to help you master your conversational abilities. BUT, I emphasize, DO NOT waste your money activating your free trial of the native speaker engagement sessions (and games) until you have complete the entire program. Why in the world would you take precious time and money to do such a thing when you'll just be able to spit back the names of colors and buildings back to one another? Wait until you get semi-coherent and put your hard earned dollars to work only then, after mastering the program. This is precisely why I haven't activated the free trial yet, I want to really get the hang of at least the portion of the program I got to review until I speak to a native speaker.
Rosetta's claim is that by learning a language as a child learns (i.e., without translating into another language), you'll internalize the language and eventually be able to think in it, instead of translating on the fly. This may be true, but it takes children years and years to learn their first language (they're still studying grammar all the way through 8th grade!). By adopting a child's approach to language learning, Rosetta will leave you lacking in a lot of key areas that other language learning approaches can quickly teach you.
If you took any language courses in school, you may remember how much time you spent conjugating irregular verbs and declining nouns. These tasks may seem like a useless chore, since you can spend months studying and still feel no closer to fluency. Nevertheless, a good grasp of grammar lays an excellent foundation for language proficiency later. Children don't learn this way, since there is no simple clip art that can be presented to them to explain the concept of the future plu-perfect conjugation, or the subjunctive mood. As an adult with (hopefully) a strong grasp on your language of birth, these advanced concepts can be explained to you early on in your study of a second language, so you don't have to spend years and years down the road trying to build a foundation of grammar and syntax underneath a ramshackle house of vocabulary.
Rosetta's approach of teaching some elementary vocabulary (boy, girl, runs, walks) and simple relationship words (over, under, next to, etc.) can quickly give you the power to communicate simple concepts in a new language -- which undeniably can be more useful early on than the ability to conjugate the verb "to be" in every person, number, mood and tense. Their choice of vocabulary words for early emphasis won't be particularly helpful to travelers (other language learning systems may teach you more useful traveling vocab, like "where is the museum" and "what time does the train depart"), but they will give you the ability to communicate simply.
Nevertheless, the lack of emphasis on grammar and syntax (again, because there is no translation into English, only pictures of things and actions, with deductive reasoning to pick up the slack), you may find yourself sounding to a native speaker a bit like Tarzan "us will gone statue and picture place" instead of "would you like to go with me to the museum?"
For the skills that Rosetta stone is trying to teach, the approach is appropriate, and the implementation is very nicely polished (although some of the flashcard-pictures have a weird, taken-in-the-1970s vibe to them). The approach itself is not enough to teach you a language, and completely ignores the advantages that an adult with a good grasp on their first language can bring to learning a second language. I think that Rosetta, in combination with a more traditional approach to second-language learning, could be a very powerful combination to help you rapidly internalize vocabulary (with Rosetta), and to lay a good foundation of grammar and syntax.
If you have issues with installing the software, I would check to make sure your pc has the latest version of software installed. For example, Windows XP requires Service Pack 3 for this language software to work properly and Vista needs SP2. It is easy enough to download the latest service pack with Windows but I hear mac users have more problems. If you have an older pc, you really need to check the hardware requirements. Also note that you must have broadband service to access all the features.
The box includes a quick start booklet, installation cds, software cds, headset, user agreement booklet, keyboard stickers to convert for Italian usage and online services. The quick start guide is important to read first and provides support online or by telephone (called about getting it onto my iPhone and received US based help without going through a phone maze). The software installed easily on Windows 7 as did the included headset via usb port. The global end user license agreement booklet was printed in microscopic print so I have my fingers crossed it is the usual stuff since I could not find a magnifying glass to read it. The stickers to place over the keyboard to convert it for Italian usage might prove problematic. I had an extra keyboard that I placed the stickers on and could switch to when using this software. I don't know if you would want this on your keyboard all the time and peeling it on and off does not seem ideal. I think you could get away without using the stickers.
This software helps with pronunciation (the headset has a microphone), builds vocabulary and phrases, and teaches simple conversation. The software has 4 lessons in each unit covering: basics (unit 1), greetings and introduction (unit 2), work and school (unit 3) and shopping (unit 4). Rosetta Stone advertises a learning application for your iPhone or iPod Touch but an account with Rosetta Stone's online services is required. Although the box states it includes free online features, they are free for three months only. There is a $25 monthly fee or a $149 fee for 15 months for online services after the trial period. The 3 month trial starts the moment you activate your online account and you must be at least 13 to create an account. I strongly suggest you use the software only and then use the online services to get the most out of this software. The online services are great and allow you to access online tutors, games, and an online community to practice your Italian. I really liked the options provided online but wished I had activated the free trial after I had gone through the lessons to get more out of it. It's hard to converse or play simple games when you are just starting to learn Italian.
Overall, this is a great tool to learn Italian if you can afford the hefty price tag. For the same price you might be able to audit an Italian course at a local school but this software is more convenient and provides more personalized service. Using this language software in tandem with its online services is almost as good as a private tutor at a lower cost. I don't think I will continue with the online services given this is just a hobby for me but if you urgently needed to learn Italian, this would be worth the price. I consider having friendly customer service available by phone a big plus.
I went through the whole lesson over the course of a couple of months, spending only about a day or two a week on it.
In the end, I think it was a smart system, one that has specific advantages, but also marked disadvantages.
+++ IMMERSION TECHNIQUE -there is no English. you will only see pictures and hear Italian. This means you'll learn more effectively, as your brain is forced to make certain connections on its own. Additionally, when you see pictures, for example, of a "male", the picture will be different each time: one time might be a young boy, and then it might be an old man, then a young man, and so on... and the first time you see the picture you might think it is a boy, but when the second picture pops up you realize that the word must mean something else, and you relate the two, and pick the commonality. Anyway, this is a hard example, and it is simpler than this, but the idea is that you see different pictures representing each word, each time.
++ WELL DESIGNED/VARIED -there are multiple modules which are scattered throughout -listening & comprehension, reading, pronunciation, typing, and so on. It is impressive.
++ GOOD REVIEWS -when I finished a section I was happy to find out that many of the concepts came back --not right away, but later when they weren't the freshest in my mind-- this meant I had to remember it, and basically memorized it through this recall. I thought Rosetta Stone did a great job bringing up concepts and reminding me of the concepts later on. I did not feel the need to review previous lessons...
++ PAINLESS. This system is about as fun (can I say that?) and as painless as a computer aided language learning system can get.
--- PRICE, PRICE, PRICE -for most people the $200 cost for a single lesson (less as you buy more modules) is really too high. Yes I know these things cost money, and I know they are better than other systems, but the pricing suggests that they are worried you won't like it, and you'll feel pressured to continue because you spent so much, OR, they are trying to convince you to pay only a few hundred more to get the whole set. I'd argue they'd be better off dropping the price in half for the first module, and then I'd recommend it more. (And give me some sort of discount if I buy lesson 2 separately. I am not going to buy multiple modules without buying the first one, and testing it out. $500 for the set is too much of a committment without giving it a shot first.)
- READING EXERCISES ARE BUGGY SOMETIMES -I have spent 5 minutes (unsuccessfully) on several sections where I am supposed to say just one syllable, and the voice recognition system fails. I mean, I KNOW what I am hearing, I have studied 4 languages, have good pronunciation, and I can't for the life of me get the computer to believe I said "PO" (for example) instead of something unrecognizable. It was very frustrating, as I tried to enunciate it every way imaginable, with no luck. Yet, when It was a multi-syllabic word (with the same syllable) the computer had no problem.
- NO DICTIONARY -yes, I know this isn't part of their system, but it would have been nice to have a dictionary so that I could learn some additional words on my own. (Sometimes you just don't want to wait to lesson 5 to learn numbers, for example...)
But probably the biggest criticism is that this program is no substitute for classroom participation. (Yes, I know that there are some online modules that you can pay more for, but I wasn't interested in paying any more...)
My wife was taking classroom Italian at the same time I was doing this system, and we would compare experiences. One thing I noticed is that the "putting-sentences-together-on-my-own-and-saying-them" part of Rosetta Stone, was one of the weaker sections. She, on the other hand, got many opportunities to practice. Mine was more about listening and comprehension.
Overall, if classroom Italian really isn't an option for you, because you don't have the time or you just don't like classrooms, AND you have a lot of money to spend, then I'd say this is a good deal. (If I were forced to move overseas I would definitely invest in the system.)
But, if you are a starving student, then you're better off looking for other books and CDs from the library before trying this system.
Recommended, but with reservations.
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