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Rosetta Stone V3: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1 [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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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 gain confidence quickly 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

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000P87C80
  • Release Date: Aug. 28 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,068 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Spainish (LatAm) 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, shoppin

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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)
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This excellent course is interactive and interesting. Beautiful pictures and very easy to use. There are four stages, and at the end of every stage you are put in a real life situation where you have to have a conversation with a virtual person. Although there are some things that are not perfect ( i.e. no translation, no explanation on grammer ), this course is so fun that you will actually finish it. This is in contrast to a more formal course , that although may contain more information, most people will never finish. To sum up : better to learn a bit of something fun, then to learn nothing of something boring
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Overall I am very happy with the Rosetta Stone course. It is very easy to use. I really like the way you learn through the use of pictures and the pronunciation assistant is very good. I do wish that it had a built in spanish/english dictionary though, as the intricacies of the use of verbs, plurals etc. are hard to grasp through pictures and a dictionary would help immensely. Sometimes the meanings are unclear, but I am still working through it and have not completed this course. I plan to order Level 2 when I finish this one.
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225 of 228 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e248108) out of 5 stars If you are planning to buy Rosetta Stone April 15 2009
By Wizard on holiday - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
I had 2 years of high school German many years ago and now that I am retired I thought it might be fun to learn a new language to help keep my mind active. I picked Spanish because I never really used the German I learned and with Spanish TV and trips to Yuma I figured I might be able to use it. I did quite a bit of research to find a program I could really learn the language at home on my own schedule. This is the best program I found. The program teaches you how to understand, speak, read and write the language. It is done all in Spanish through pictures. You are shown a picture and you are expected to respond in Spanish. The voice recognition decides if you are speaking it correctly and does not continue until you do. It also asks you to type answers in Spanish to questions or pictures. It builds from single words to sentences and to groups of sentences. You can go back and redo lessons which I have many times but it also retests you at timed intervals based on the questions you missed. I have been working with it for 5 months now and really enjoy it.

Some things you should think about before you buy this expensive program. Learning a new language while fun is also very time consuming. The person taking the course needs to be motivated to continue because this isn't a 2 week course but a learning system and will take you a year working every day to become fluent enough to actually use the language.

If you are really committed to learning a language I'd suggest you buy all 3 levels at once. It is expensive but far cheaper that buying them one at a time. I bought the first level to see if I would like it and then ended up having to buy the other 2 levels separately. This gave me 3 sets of headphones. There is also an audio companion that comes with each level. I found it difficult to use and stopped after a couple of months. I may go back and try it after I have completed the levels.

What else do you need besides the course? Well, I would suggest a good Spanish/English dictionary. Sometimes it is hard to tell exactly what is shown in the picture. You can get Spanish children's books from the library and of course Spanish TV. This will help you with the sound and rhythm of the language. You can listen to popular Spanish songs. You've heard the phrase "Lost in translation." well the words that flow so well in one language probably won't in another. The rhymes of Dr Seuess work well in English and fall flat in Spanish and the lyrical Spanish songs sound clunky when translated. But don't let this stop you. The goal is to think in both languages. Once past level one I would suggest the book "Breaking out of Beginner's Spanish" by Joseph J. Keenan. It is not a language book but a book on the customs of Spanish countries. Using I when talking about yourself is common in English but considered self centered and arrogant in Spanish so it is dropped.

If you are considering Rosetta Stone for someone else or aren't really sure for yourself they offer a free lesson CD. Try that first.

Adio'sBreaking Out of Beginners Spanish
119 of 120 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e2481d4) out of 5 stars Excellent product -works if you take the time Feb. 21 2008
By Val - Published on
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As a 50+ learner I wondered how well I'd retain the information but it's been great. The format makes it fun & appealing while the word/picture association facilitates retention. We have all 3 levels and I'm currently on the last session of Level 1 (after 6 weeks). While it says it's a single user product, you CAN install the Version 3 on two computers; however both installations cannnot be running simultaniously (I called Rosetta Stone about this & we're doing this w/ husbands & my computers). The microphone set-up is great to hear yourself speak & make corrections as needed. Since Rosetta Stone provides no written Spanish (ie book) a good English-Spanish dictionary is helpful or having a free-translation window open on your computer for occasional clarification. Also it helps to look at some free websites that explain general sentence structure and word tense in the Spanish language. If you're consistent in it's use, quiz yourself mentally during daily activities, and proceed at a comfortable pace (too slow & you lose momentum, too fast & you forget) you'll be speaking Spanish in no time. I've learned far more in the past month with this product than I did taking a weekly conversational Spanish class at the local community college.
146 of 150 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e24860c) out of 5 stars Wonderful product Sept. 5 2008
By J. GRICE - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
While my experience with the CD glued to the sleeve was the same as the other review, I found that denatured alcohol would remove the glue quite well. Rosetta really should look into this.
Beyond this small problem I have found this product to be exactly as promised. It is the easiest, fastest, and in my experience the most successful method of learning a new language in the shortest amount of time. Rosetta conveys vast amounts of well thought out information in a manner that is really quite revolutionary to the field of language learning. By simply going thru the exercises your will develope the numerous skills required to know and use a new language. You are simultaneously learning the vocabulary and grammar as well as learning to hear and speak Spanish. All of this happens without the laborius and tedious study that is normally required in other methods of language study. By using repetition and the introduction of small amounts of new information in each new lesson you will learn how to think in Spanish rather than translating each word or phrase that you want to use.
Let me add that the lessons are more useful and pertinent than any other lessons I have used. It is not "tourist language".
In conclusion I would say that if you are willing to put in the time to do the exercises you will be able to speak Spanish with confidence in
the shortest amount.
81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
By IH8Poodlez - Published on
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I'm surprised at the poor reviews. Apparently, the packaging issue has been resolved, as my discs were not glued to the box. That aside, I LOVE this program! I took Spanish in high-school, over 20 years ago. I didn't do well then, and have forgotten all but "hola," and "gracias," since then. The first few lessons were pretty easy, very basic, but I was amazed at how quickly my vocabulary grew. I put the audio companion in my car, and can actually picture what they're saying without any translation. I'm stunned! I'm close to the end of level one, and it's gotten a bit more difficult. But at the end of each little section, I am joyfully surprised at what I'm actually retaining. This program is great!
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e248978) out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone V3 Latin American Spanish Level 1 Nov. 15 2007
By ThomasT - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
Rosetta Stone V3 Spanish (Latin America) Level 1 Personal Edition (Win/Mac)

I was about halfway through the old version when this came out and decided to try it.

It is really good, and although the old version was also quite good, this one is much more so. The lessons and the review management are particularly well designed. The language method is much improved and more realistic. The immersion method they've implemented is so good that I don't use the notes I used to use, and also don't refer to my Spanish dictionaries as often as I did with the old version.

It is so pleasant to use that I'm not taking as many breaks as I did with the old version. In fact, my progress is so fast I'll have to order Level 2 much sooner than expected.

Tom in Arkansas