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Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure
  • Master basic conversational skills; receive immediate and ongoing speech assessments
  • Enhance your learning on-the-go with Rosetta Stone mobile apps for the Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone. Three month access included with purchase.
  • Language-enhancing games; live online lessons; includes headset with microphone
  • Build upon a foundation of key French vocabulary, words, and phrases.
  • Learn to read, write, and speak in French with Rosetta Stone.
  • Practice live online with a native French speaking tutor, and have access to the Rosetta Stone online learning community.
  • Rosetta Stone moves forward when you are ready. You drive the pace. You set the schedule.
  • Take the Rosetta Stone experience with you while on-the-go, free 3 month trial included. Build your French language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older.

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Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1 + French Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) + Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1608299953
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc


Product Shots

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.

What Will I Learn

This level will help you:
  • Build vocabulary and language basics
  • Spell and write accurately
  • Speak without a script
  • Retain what you've learned
  • Read and understand in your new language
Sample topics include:
  • Age, family relations, household items
  • Introductions and greetings
  • Times of day and calendar terms
  • Buying and selling

What Do I Get?

Interactive Software

Our award-wining version, complete with proprietary speech recognition technology.

Audio Companion

For your CD or MP3 player so you can review while on the go.

Headset with Microphone

For use with our state-of- the-art speech-recognition software.

Live Online Lessons NEW

Practice sessions led by native speaking tutors.

Games & Community NEW

Language-enhancing games move you towards real-world proficiency.

Mobile Companion NEW

Learning application for your iPhone or iPod Touch device.

Our Method

Our Method

Recreate the natural way you learned your first language and reveal skills that you already have using Dynamic Immersion. This award-winning method has been adopted by countless organizations, schools and millions of users around the world.

Learn Naturally: Discover how to speak, read, write, and understand--all without translating or memorizing. Our award-winning solution recreates how you learned your first language, unlocking your natural abilities.

Speak Confidently: Perfect your pronunciation with speech-recognition technology. Gain the confidence in your new voice as you practice with other learners in our exclusive online community and participate in online sessions coached by native tutors.

Immerse Yourself: Be surrounded by your new language. From core lessons to online sessions, Rosetta Stone gets you engaged and interacting with others.

Stay Motivated: Experience accomplishment with each moment of achievement; with dedicated success agents you will never lose sight of your language-learning goals.

Your Natural Ability. Awakened.

Natural Discovery

Learning your first language is as natural as smiling. Effortless. Rewarding. Every step in Rosetta Stone feels like that. Clear, compelling images appear precisely, in juxtaposition, conveying meaning. Intuitively, you just know what it means.

  • Our puzzle-like environments--a systematic presentation of sounds, images, and text--help learners absorb meaning intuitively.
Natural Discovery
Rosetta Stone's award-winning software, where you will interact by speaking, clicking, selecting phrases and writing.
Speech Activation
Speech Activation
Rosetta Stone's proprietary speech-recognition technology provides immediate and ongoing feedback.

Build your confidence and polish your pronunciation skills with state-of-the-art speech-recognition technologies and success-filled dialogues.

  • Our software provides immediate and ongoing assessments of your speech through Actionable Feedback, which helps you pronounce syllables, words and sentences correctly and easily.
  • Based on a collection of literally millions of speech samples, our proprietary speech-recognition algorithms and speech models were engineered with a singular purpose--to help you communicate with accuracy, confidence and ease.
Native Socialization
Native Socialization
Language-learning games will keep you motivated along the way.

Practice with native speakers in our live interactive sessions and our online community. Every conversation gives you the confidence to communicate in your new language.

  • For many, traditional language-learning fails because it lacks real conversation. With Rosetta Stone you'll play games and chat with native speakers and other learners in our online language community.
  • Hundreds of native-speaking tutors trained in the Rosetta Stone method are ready to help reinforce the language you're learning through live, online conversations. From Day One you'll be speaking your new language with confidence and ease.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
203 of 207 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars BUT beware... December 4, 2011
By Cheryl
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
The product itself is five stars, however the description is faulty. I researched this product a great deal before purchasing and even got the free demo CD first. I really do like the learning process, it feels intuitive. The problem is, sitting at my desktop computer is inconvenient and I do not have a laptop. So when I learned that there is an "App for that", I was thrilled. I own both an iPhone and an iPad so with the Rosetta Stone apps that link directly to my account I could learn and practice wherever I needed to. For three months I made great progress whether at home, in the backyard or at work on my lunch hour. On day 91 I suddenly could not connect, my apps kept saying "no course found for this account". The product still works on my desktop but it turns out the apps portion of the product was just a free trial. If I want to continue learning this way I need to purchase a very expensive subscription. No where on this product page does it say that the companion apps are a trial version. I am very disappointed with Rosetta Stone and Amazon. I did call Amazon but the rep I spoke to did not know whether the product info was written by Rosetta Stone or Amazon, I am sure it was the former. Amazon did try to assist me by offering a partial refund but that was not really what I wanted. I want to continue to learn on my iPad! My disappointed with Amazon is because that call I made to them took place about two months ago and I see the product info page has not changed, I do not see anything about the iPhone apps being a 90 day trial.

I see that Amazon has updated the description slightly with this sentence, "Enhance your learning on-the-go with Rosetta Stone mobile apps for the Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone. Three month access included with purchase." I personally think it is still obscure since the part about the mobile companion is much farther down in the description but at least it is something.
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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! April 2, 2012
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
Understand that if you purchase this product, your ability to use all the features has a 6 month time limit. If you install and do not use the product promptly you will be told that half of the product will not work unless you pay $100+ for a subscription. It does not matter if you have not used the online services at all, the money is gone, the service is gone, and you must pay more to use all of your product. Customer service on this regard is not helpful at all. Complete waste of money.
Steer Clear.
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Rosetta Success saysApril 5, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear about this negative experience, and would love to help turn this around for you. Do you have a reference number from any of your interactions with us so that I can look into this?
Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon
62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I've never had french, learned french, or know anything about French. Now, however, I feel like I could do OK with a quick trip and to get around conversationally. Rosetta Stone is no substitute for deep immersion learning, but it's pretty useful as a tool to learn the basics.

- Builds a LOT of vocabulary quickly
- Helps understand what words mean by associating them with a concept, rather than translating
- Internet community is pretty cool.

- Doesn't focus on grammar at all
- Level 1 doesn't contain a whole lot
- It's obviously pretty expensive. I guess if you're *really* interested, it's worth it.

For it's purpose, it is almost perfect software. You will feel confident with the basics after this.
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190 of 222 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Children learn this way, not adults August 30, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have heard many great things about Rosetta Stone, but always from the perspective of a TV ad with the usual, glowing testimonials of 30 and 40-somethings who just rave about the product.

Naturally, I've always been curious, but have usually been put off by the near $200 price-tag that usually accompanies it. So, when Amazon Vine had it on offer, I decided to give it a try.

Here's what I have to say about it after a week's exposure to my wife (aged 40+) and my daughter (age 7).

Generally speaking, Rosetta Stone does a great job in exposing kids to vocabulary. Nouns are attributed to actual pictorial representations instead of the "x = y" approach. This generally works well, as we do a better job with image recognition than we do with word matching.

However, that being said, this kind of representation works well when you're in the early years of school where such learning applies. As adults, however, we have already a well-established mind set where learning doesn't equate well to a kindergarten-level. That's typically why we, as adults, sometimes have a hard time relating simple concepts to younger children simply because we tend to use constructs that are far more complex.

In other words, while pictorial representations (i.e. "immersion") works well to introduce new and unfamiliar words to kids, this doesn't work well when it comes to grammar. Sentence construction is best introduced in the traditional way of learning how to conjugate "-er" verbs in French by establishing simple rules (which account for 65% of the verbs in the French language). Once those rules are learned, then it's quite easy to follow.

Rosetta doesn't take this approach, which is why it hurts both kids and adults for altogether different reasons.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
La Femme Boit...... I think that means the girl drinks. Learned that in the first 5 minutes. :)

Ok, overall the program is good. This was my first experience with Rosetta Stone software and I like it. They really did one heck of a job making learning fun and easy. I highly recommend the software if you want to learn a second language, it looks like it is a good product. I would definitely try other languages after seeing just how easy it is to use this stuff.

What didn't I like?

For starters the headphones and microphone that came with it are NOT quality, they are not comfortable and my ears got really hot. It was like wearing styrofoam balls over my ear[...]. Sure wish they headphones were at least padded better. The microphone seemed to work well, my only gripe here is the comfort of wearing it. And if you follow this program you will wear it a lot!

Second, it took nearly 30 minutes for me to install the software. I understand software piracy but between the lengthy install process, having to scratch off a 28 digit code from a little plastic card and manually enter that and the several updates I had to download it was a bit dull. I sure would have like a faster, easier program to install. So don't think you can just pop this in and you are good to go, you need to first install the application, then install the language pack, then update it (if updates are available) then you need to scratch off the secret code and activate the product, then you have to setup your user profile and THEN you can finally get started.

Overall the product is good, I give it 4 stars out of 5 because the software is really the key here. The headset is low quality and that takes away from the experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service and fine quality
Excellent service and fine quality. The product arrived ahead of schedule and looks great. I would recommend this item and seller to everyone.
Published 1 month ago by Gordon davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend for All.
Best idea I've ever done. Buying Rosetta Stone was amazing. Learning to read, write, and speak in another language by Rosetta Stone gave me complete confidence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Helped me to be able to communicate when we went to France
Published 2 months ago by mie
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed review on this program.
Rosetta Stone seems to slowly build your knowledge base, but for learning some basic phrases etc that might be relevant to tourists, this is not your program. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Henry F. Austin
1.0 out of 5 stars WOW, what a lame product

that is all the have going for it.
You see how pathetic rosetta stone is by the theme in their ads now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by keeping it real
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
I don't like that the online is only good for three months. It is slow to load when you stop after a lesson because it is tied to the internet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judy Bruckner
3.0 out of 5 stars french
The french words are spelled and pronounced but the english meaning of the word is not provided and is not always obvious - this makes memorization difficult
Published 7 months ago by Don Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter loves this software
I don't do French myself but my granddaughter wanted this for a long time. I suppose I'll have to take her to France next.
Published 8 months ago by R. Daiber
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice headphones, but not a good way to learn a language
I got this as a gift, and I knew it would not work for me, which is why I didn't buy it for myself. I like to understand the fundamentals of the way a language works before I just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JEM
1.0 out of 5 stars bad. this a rental program...3 months
This may be a way to learn a language? The user interface is inscrutably crummy. No pause button, no settings menu when you are into a lesson. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Tucker
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