- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 2000, Mac OS X
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Rosetta Stone Italian Level 1, 2 & 3 set with Audio Companion
- Rosetta Stone teaches you a new language naturally, by getting you to think, live and breathe the language
- Innovative solutions get you speaking new words, right from the start
- Rosetta Stone moves forward only when you're ready--you drive the pace, you set the schedule
- With Rosetta Stone, you'll discover a foundation of key vocabulary that you'll use to build into a whole new language
- Audio Companion lets you take the Rosetta Stone experience anywhere: in the car, at the gym, or on-the-go
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Foreign language learning with Rosetta Stone Italian Levels 1, 2&3 you connect with the world around you. With level one you begin learning fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure, from greetings and introductions to simple questions and their answers. Gain the confidence and enter the intermediate level where you will be able to talk about your environment; give and get directions, tell time, dine out with self-reliance, shop and enjoy basic social interactions. Taking what you¿ve learned in Levels 1 and 2, we help you reach an advanced level of competence. This competence allows you to connect with the world around you. You will learn to share your ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life; your work, current events and much more. Now Rosetta Stone with Audio Companion allows the learner to take Rosetta Stone anywhere: in the car, the gym or on-the-go! What is Audio Companion? Audio Companion CDs are activities that correspond to the Rosetta Stone CD-ROM software lessons. The learner can listen to Audio Companion and practice what they¿ve been learning on the computer, turning travel time into productive language learning time. Audio Companion lets the student access the power of Rosetta Stone lessons whenever and wherever they want, they can play the CD¿s on a stereo, or download them to a MP3 player. It empowers the student and helps reinforce the lessons in any busy lifestyle!
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Have been extensively using Rosetta Stone for the past month; deeply "immersed" to use the word of the product. It is a good tool for speaking a learned language. But having almost completed the first of three levels (complete package available for a language), I find the written instruction very lacking. The headset came broken which was obviously packaged broken as the box was undamaged--poor quality control. It took four phone calls and a fax to get a replacement headset. This is very poor for such an expensive product. Tech support is there via phone with not much difficulty, but customer support is poor. I would check out the competition, Pimsleur, were I to start again. Also, RosettaStone way over rates how well one can speak the language once the sections are completed. I say this objectively because one is graded how well one performs in learning. Good performance (say over 90% correct responses, your performance graded by the program) does not equal good language skills.
I would recommend this product to be complemented by the traditional method of textbook learning -on your own or better in a class room. But the best use of this tool is as a precursor and compliment to speaking the language with other people. In this context, RosettaStone really shines and will propel your linguistic skill faster than any other method alone.
5/09 Six months after starting program, I am almost half way through (of all three levels; advancement slows as reviewing takes up more time) and I have same opinion as before.
Bad: poorer product for learning to write in the foreign language; I am good at achieving high program scores (it ranks your performance), usually scoring above 95% but I feel i am not equally proficient at the language as the program or the people at RosettaStone suggest; i have found errors in vocabulary, i.g. a photograph of the inside of a bookstore and calling it a "biblioteca" when it is actually a "libreria"; cultural errors such as teaching time in a 12 hour format rather than expressing the time in a 24 format as is customary in Italy; pronunciation inconsistencies (ig "portrai" -you may- pronounced both with a hard "I" and a hard "A" at the end of the word); errors in grammar as well; there are program glitches which are annoying: in pause mode, often the audio fails to work on replay and the program's ability to asses the first verbal response on a screen is very poor (this is annoying as you pay more attention to over-pronunciation as opposed to learning). For a $500 product these errors are not acceptable.
Good: irrelevant of drawbacks, I feel a growing grasp of the language and a confidence at this level which I did not feel during 1 year of college classes in Spanish. The program does work. I recommend this program but would still review more the Pimsleur product were I to start again. I do not know which product covers more language ground; it is not only the method of teaching and the price difference to consider. I have and still advise to supplement the RosettaStone product with a text book. In addition I transcribe/read a newspaper in Italian (using a two-way dictionary and Google Translate) from which I make vocabulary flash cards, as well as listen to Italian radio (Radio Uno via RealPlayer) over the net and watch Italian movies (tv would be better though).
Particularly regards "reviewing": the RosettaStone program has review sections which are vastly insufficient. I would recommend using the "Core Lesson"s in each unit as a means of reviewing; although it takes more time and slows progress thru the program, it is learning the language for practical application that counts and not program completion. And as to the the program's weakness in learning method (staring into a screen and lack of emotions in conversation which reinforce learning a language), I recommend when reviewing, speak your response whilst not staring at the screen and feel yourself (use imagination, w/out going overboard) in the context of the pictorial context.
1) Poor voice recognition. The application listens to you speak in Italian, and decides if you pronounce the words correctly. It probably has as many false negatives as it does false positives, so I'm ok with that, but what is maddening is when it tells me over and over that I pronounced a single syllable word (e.g., golf) wrong, not once, but up to 10 times in a row. I'll sit there repeating it over and over, exactly like their speaker pronounces it, and have no idea why it's being rejected.
2) no explanation for the grammatical rules. Here's an example: On one screen with Five slides, the first two are "Questo edificio e _ New York" and "Questo edificio e _ Barcellona". The user is supposed to decide if the blank is "a" or "in", and the correct answer is "a". The next slide is "Questo edificio e _ Australia". The correct answer is "in", so I assume it's because Australia begins with a vowel. The 4th slide is "Il bar e _ centro". If I use the rule I just assumed, and say the missing word is "a", I'm wrong, because RS says it is "in". So there is a grammar rule that is not obvious and never explained. How I am supposed to learn? Is the rule that you use "in" if the place is a formal name beginning with a vowel OR an plain noun? I don't know why "a" or "in" is used, and RS doesn't explain it.
3) I would like to be able to switch between using this on my desktop and my notebook, so I thought I would install the software with the data files on a flash drive. Not only did that not work, but it ran incredibly slow (don't ever install RS to a flash drive), taking many seconds between screens.
There are other issues with this software that are annoying and shouldn't be present for a product this expensive. If I want to learn another language after this, I won't use Rosetta Stone.