Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) Level 2 with Audio Companion
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- 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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- Platform: Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
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Foreign language learning with Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) Level 2 with Audio Companion is for intermediate-level language learners. The software lets you interact and engage. By the time you complete this level, you¿ll be able to talk about your environment, give and get directions, tell the time, dine out and 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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Since so many of the readers of learning-Spanish newsletter have asked me to provide a review of the newest version of Rosetta Stone Spanish software, here's my review:
Good Points of Rosetta Stone Spanish V3 Level 2:
1. The interface of this software has been greatly improved by Rosetta Stone. The old software interface was very ugly and archaic looking. But this interface is much more attractive with contemporary photos.
2. Much more content is covered in this version than the previous version of Level 2. This version teaches indirect pronouns. The previous version of Level 2 did not teach indirect pronouns. This version does a pretty good job at teaching the proper use of "te" and "le", etc. This version also covers the familiar form of "you" or the "tu" form in Spanish. (As usual, I am omitting Spanish punctuation and other Spanish characters from my review because the Spanish characters often appear as strange looking characters/letters in my Amazon reviews.)
3. You will also learn the "imperative" or commands which is a good change from the previous version which failed to cover this topic.
4. Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 2 also does a great job of teaching the two forms of the future tense in Spanish.
5. You will also find that this software does a thorough job of covering the past tense in Spanish. Both the preterite and the imperfect tense.
6. They have also improved the software by adding lots of dialogs. The added dialogs will certainly improve the students' listening comprehension.
7. This version of the software is also a lot more interactive than the previous version.
Bad Points of Rosetta Stone Spanish V3 Level 2:
1. It is pretty hard to find any bad points about this software. I had to think long and hard. But one disadvantage that you will find is that it doesn't teach some of the topics that should be included in a Level 2 Spanish course, such as the "subjunctive." At the time that I am writing this review, I have not reviewed Level 3 of this software. So I do not know if Level 3 covers the subjunctive. If it does cover the subjunctive, then it probably fails to cover other important Spanish verb tenses, namely, conditional, past perfect tense, conditional perfect, present perfect subjunctive, pluperfect subjunctive, future perfect, etc. It would not be feasible to cover all of these intermediate/advanced topics in Level 3 when Level 2 hasn't even introduced the subjunctive.
2. The other negative about this software is that it lacks the type of interactivity that is required to reach a level of conversational proficiency. Although this version of the software is also a lot more interactive than the previous version, it does not have the type of interactivity that is needed to reach conversational proficiency in Spanish. You will find yourself clicking your mouse button more with this version than the previous version. But you will not find that this software has many exercises that require the user to speak out loud and then form her own sentences in Spanish. And that's what it takes to reach proficiency or fluency.
3. The other problem, as with the previous version of the software, the Rosetta Stone method is not the most effective method for an adult to learn a foreign language. (For a child this method probably can not be beat. )
Considering the drastic improvement of this software compared to the previous version, I am still giving it 4 stars.