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Learn Italian: Rosetta Stone Italian - Level 1

by Rosetta Stone See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) 10 answered questions

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  • 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 Italian vocabulary, words, and phrases.
  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Italian with Rosetta Stone.
  • Practice live online with a native Italian 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 Italian language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
Please note: To access online services, user must be age 13 or older.


Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc | Edition: Italian
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617160377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc | Edition: Italian

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.

From the Manufacturer

Discover the new Rosetta Stone Level 1 experience

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 Level 1 you 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.

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What will you learn?

The Fundamentals

Gain confidence by mastering basic conversational skills. This includes greetings, introductions, simple Q&A's, and much more.

Example:

Hello, how are you?

What is your name?

Nice to meet you.

Where are you from?

Example:

My name is David Brown.

This is my friend Anna.

Excuse me, do you speak Chinese?

Example:

How much does the gray sweater cost?

I am buying the sweater because I'm visiting my grandmother this afternoon.

I want to pay with a credit card.

Interactive Software

You’ll learn through immersion—which means you’ll only hear and speak your new language. Without offering your native language for translation, our interactive immersion encourages you to learn more actively than other methods, which means you’ll be more successful.

Our advanced system presents material at the right intervals to optimize your individual learning. The curriculum is sequenced to introduce new skills in a way that stimulates your brain’s natural language learning ability.

Advanced speech recognition technology analyzes every syllable, whenever you speak.

Does the Rosetta Stone solution work?

  • Millions of learners around the world have discovered a language with the Rosetta Stone solution—from individuals to corporate clients such as NASA, the US State Department, and more than 10,000 schools.

Rosetta Stone's Advanced Features

Rosetta Studio

Rosetta Studio introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. Supercharge your learning and experience everything communicating live has to offer.

Rosetta World

Rosetta World is a lively online community where ramping up your language skills looks a lot like playing games. Reinforce what you've learned by having a live online chat, or facing off against new friends around the world. Chances are, you'll be having so much fun, you won't realize how much you're improving.

Rosetta Stone on the Go

Learn and practice on the go-or sync and track your progress across multiple devices. Our available mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and smartphones make it easy.

Ready to dive in?

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
161 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New additions in this programs are excellent! February 26, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc| Edition:Italian|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I had reviewed a couple years back Rosetta Stone's V3 software. Little has changed at the core of the learning system, which is by far and away a good thing. If you're not familiar with how this program works, it is truly the most "natural" way to learn a language.

Let me explain (if you do know how this works skip to the next paragraph for updates on the new features). This program does the best it can to mimic a child-like learning environment, which is what everyone needs to learn. I really mean it. Think of it this way: how do children learn a language? They imitate what they hear and see, right? They do not have a concept early on of memorization. Children do not memorize language, grammar, vocabulary, sentences, etc...they repeat what they hear, associate what they hear with what they see, and make mistakes as they go, slowly correcting themselves with guidance and observation and trial and error. This program does the same thing, but with you, an adult (or so I presume for most readers of this review). It shows you a picture, associates the word visually, and then through audition. You then practice back by seeing, choosing, saying the words that you have learned. You'll make mistakes, but will self-correct with this program just like a child would. Practice will not make perfect, only permanent. Hence, when you do practice, make sure to do it slowly and really understand what it is that you're saying, seeing, and hearing; this program makes it much easier than reading a book alone, or just listening to audio cassettes; it's truly an all-encompassing programs. Memorization and just repetition is NOT the way to learn a language, and friend of mine who did this for 4 years (think Highschool) cannot speak a single sentence even though they were A students.
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dabbling won't make you fluent August 17, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc| Edition:Italian|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Rosetta Stone makes a nicely polished language learning program, with one fairly substantial drawback: you won't really learn a language.

Rosetta's claim is that by learning a language as a child learns (i.e., without translating into another language), you'll internalize the language and eventually be able to think in it, instead of translating on the fly. This may be true, but it takes children years and years to learn their first language (they're still studying grammar all the way through 8th grade!). By adopting a child's approach to language learning, Rosetta will leave you lacking in a lot of key areas that other language learning approaches can quickly teach you.

If you took any language courses in school, you may remember how much time you spent conjugating irregular verbs and declining nouns. These tasks may seem like a useless chore, since you can spend months studying and still feel no closer to fluency. Nevertheless, a good grasp of grammar lays an excellent foundation for language proficiency later. Children don't learn this way, since there is no simple clip art that can be presented to them to explain the concept of the future plu-perfect conjugation, or the subjunctive mood. As an adult with (hopefully) a strong grasp on your language of birth, these advanced concepts can be explained to you early on in your study of a second language, so you don't have to spend years and years down the road trying to build a foundation of grammar and syntax underneath a ramshackle house of vocabulary.

Rosetta's approach of teaching some elementary vocabulary (boy, girl, runs, walks) and simple relationship words (over, under, next to, etc.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great way to learn italian if you can afford it February 23, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc| Edition:Italian|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I wanted a refresher course in Italian so I ordered this Rosetta Stone Italiano - Level 1. This package is certainly unlike any other language learning program I have run across and even with brief usage, has yielded great results. Although I have no major complaints with the program itself, the price factor did influence my rating.

If you have issues with installing the software, I would check to make sure your pc has the latest version of software installed. For example, Windows XP requires Service Pack 3 for this language software to work properly and Vista needs SP2. It is easy enough to download the latest service pack with Windows but I hear mac users have more problems. If you have an older pc, you really need to check the hardware requirements. Also note that you must have broadband service to access all the features.

The box includes a quick start booklet, installation cds, software cds, headset, user agreement booklet, keyboard stickers to convert for Italian usage and online services. The quick start guide is important to read first and provides support online or by telephone (called about getting it onto my iPhone and received US based help without going through a phone maze). The software installed easily on Windows 7 as did the included headset via usb port. The global end user license agreement booklet was printed in microscopic print so I have my fingers crossed it is the usual stuff since I could not find a magnifying glass to read it. The stickers to place over the keyboard to convert it for Italian usage might prove problematic. I had an extra keyboard that I placed the stickers on and could switch to when using this software. I don't know if you would want this on your keyboard all the time and peeling it on and off does not seem ideal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS AUSTRALIAN LIKES ROSETTA STONE.........
I recently purchased Rosetta Stone Italian total e program to use on my ipad. I was lucky enough to snap up a great bargain during a 60% discount sale. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LISA SMITH
1.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta stone Italian level 1
Not a good program. Gets old very fast. No explanation of new words. Not engaging. Very expensive for what you get. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Torre
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Its okay You have to do a good bit of thinking.
I don't like how they don't tell you what it is at first, you have to figure it out. My husband is former military and I really don't know why they have this for them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by watersports
1.0 out of 5 stars not heplful
i have found it to be extremely repetitive and is not helpful in learning basic conversational italian. i would differently not recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by david h schaeffer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected or needed.
This teaching tool left a lot to be desired for me. For the price, it should have included a book of words and phrases to assist in learning process. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Char Mollineaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to Italy.
I gave this to my daughter last Xmas as she is going to Italy next summer. She is enjoying it.
Published 9 months ago by Jack Pease
1.0 out of 5 stars Make sense of this
How does any foreign language CD teach its language by merely repeating its words without translating those words into English? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gloria Neuman
4.0 out of 5 stars No English
I would like it when they added more words to make a sentence, they translated it and told us what we were saying in english. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jayne Bartels
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
I bought this for my 64 year old husband for Christmas. I only bought the first level thinking he can never learn
how to speak Italian!! Boy was I wrong! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ronda LaRosa
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
It has a weakness. It used the technique of showing a few pictures on a screen and a phrase and asks you to match the phrase to the correct picture. Read more
Published 12 months ago by James W. Ireland
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