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Learn German: Rosetta Stone German - Level 1-5 Set

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3.7 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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  • Learn to read, write, and speak in German with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key German 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 German 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 German language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Develop your command of the language--read, write, speak, and understand
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Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc

Develop your command of the language. From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions. Develop conversational skills to plan adventures, care for your health, and move abroad. Talk about government, work, movies, and citizenship. Discuss family and traditions, and celebrate success.

Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: 1617160075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.9 x 7.6 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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From the Manufacturer

Discover the new Rosetta Stone experience with a Level 1-5 Set

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 the Level 1-5 Set you will develop your command of the language. From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions. Develop conversational skills to plan adventures, care for your health and move abroad. Talk about government, work, movies and citizenship. Discuss family and traditions and celebrate success.

Level 1-5 Set

Interactive Software

Live Tutoring

Mobile Apps

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If you want to learn to swim, you need to get in the water.

It's the same with learning to speak another language. Without your native language for help, you'll learn actively—which makes you more successful.

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I've completed German levels 1-5 of Rosetta Stone, and these are my experiences:

First, a brief description of how Rosetta Stone is laid out. There is a basic application you install, and then you install language levels on top of it. You can purchase several boxes with different levels for the same language or even different languages, but you would only install the application the first time, and the additional language levels plug into it. The maximum number of levels per language is five, but many languages only have one through three available. This means that Rosetta Stone will not cover as advanced of topics in these languages.

Each level of a language has four units, and each unit has four main lessons and about 35 activities overall. The main lessons each take 20-30 minutes to complete, and the additional activities each take 5-10 minutes. The additional activities correspond to a specific lesson and focus on a single aspect of the language, like pronunciation, vocabulary, or writing. Additionally, there is a review for each lesson, which is occasionally repeated as you complete the level. Unfortunately, these reviews do not carry across levels. You will never see a review for Level 1, Unit 2, Lesson 3 while working on Level 2, for instance. These reviews are based on time, not how many activities you've completed, so if you take longer to complete the level, you will see more reviews.

The course is built around hearing native speakers speak a phrase that corresponds to a picture. Then there are different tasks you have to accomplish.
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I've completed the full German course, 1-5 and have had a very good experience with it. English is a Germanic language, which means many of the words underlying English and German are the same or quite similar. Vocabulary should come fairly easily to students and the program gets one to an intermediate level of communication. The audio companion cd discs (20 of them) do a great job of drumming in vocabulary drills or refresh words and concepts learned in earlier lessons. The studio lessons allow for a genuine small classroom experience with teachers who know which words the student is and is not familiar with.
There are deficiencies in the Rosetta Stone system. As 100% of the program is in German, one needs to pick up a dictionary to translate properly some of the words in the course. Also if one forgets a word there is no glossary allowing one to go back to the section the word was introduced.
The underlying premiss that adults can learn a language like a child has limits. Do you know a foreigner who learned English as an adult who speaks like a native? The last flaw is a significant one. German has a complex grammatical system and there is no way that one can pick that up by just listening to it. Hitting a german grammar book outside the course is a major help in this regard.
I have family in the German part of Switzerland and they can understand me. My fluency level is enough to get by at the conversational level in most situations. Think of Rosetta Stone 1-5 like a couple of years of college level study. One will be far from fluent but at the same time, one can get almost any idea across and have a solid foundation to build on.
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I purchased Rosetta Stone German about a year ago, despite reviews that complained about the need to maintain a TOTALe subscription in order to use the product on an iPad. I thought I could live with that.

I can't. I used TOTALe in my iPad while it was included in my initial purchase and then let it lapse. Recently, I decided to bite the bullet and renew my TOTALe subscription, for God knows how much money, so I could be mobile. Ah! You can't get there from here. If the TOTALe subscription is allowed to lapse, your account is no longer accessible. And that's where their incredibly inept customer service comes in. I spent forever online in a chat that kept crashing, trying to determine why I couldn't get in to my account. Once told I had to essentially start all over, I was transferred and promptly lost in the ozone. I tried email. This helpful person told me to login to my account and renew. But I can't DO that; my account is inaccessible until I have the subscription, and so it goes.

Foolish me. I do not understand why I must have a subscription to put an app on my iPad so I can use a very pricey piece of software. I'm angry and frustrated and can't get no satisfaction. Where's Mick Jagger when you need him? And who are the people who decided this was a good business model: Charge a lot for the total software package and then charge a lot MORE to make it mobile. And keep on charging. Oh, yeah, people will buy it. Forgot that part. Sad.
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May 10, 2013
Hello Ms. Rivers,

I'm very sorry to hear about this negative experience! I was able to locate the case you submitted, and have escalated to a team lead to follow up with you and resolve this today.

Jessica
Rosetta Stone Customer Relations
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I recently moved to Austria and felt compelled to write a review of this product. For me the 2 hardest things to learn in German were the gender of the nouns and the cases. If you are not willing to put a lot of effort memorizing the genders of the nouns than you will never be able to form a correct sentence because all the articles change based on the gender. The gender of the nouns is mostly random and requires lots of studying and memorization. Rosetta Stone will not help you with this in any way!!! Rosetta Stone believes that the best way to learn a language is to match words to pictures, like a newborn baby would. While this image warms my heart, it is probably the most inefficient way to learn German and will actually create bad habits that you will have to go back and correct when you actually get serious about learning this language.

Unlike a newborn baby, you have already developed linguistic habits based on English. English has no noun genders and no cases. So you start Rosetta Stone and you feel good because you can match words to pictures but all your doing is learning vocabulary. You will never be able to form a real sentence because you never learned the noun genders and therefor can't navigate the cases and thus give up because it doesn't make any sense. German is just one of those languages where grammer lessons, although painful, actually save you time. I hated grammer my entire life and sucked at it in school so it pains me to say this.

I wanted Rosetta Stone to work. When I started it I was like "Wow,I can do this." But German is really freaking hard and the sentence structure is comletely different from English even though they're both Germanic languages.
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