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

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  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Develop your command of the language--read, write, speak, and understand
  • Build vocabulary; negotiate complex situations; share ideas and opinions
  • 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.
  • Includes everything you need to learn at home and on the go.
  • Learn Italian today with Rosetta Stone.
  • 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.
  • Talk about government, work, movies, family, and more.
  • The complete Italian set will enable you to express your ideas and opinions in Italian and master the conversational skills required to plan adventures, care for your health, and move abroad.
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Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617160407
  • 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 (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc

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Develop your command of the language. From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions in your new language. Develop the conversational skills to plan adventures, care for your health and move abroad. Talk about government, work, movies, family, and more. Includes everything you need to learn at home and on the go.

What Will I Learn

 
This level will help you:
  • Build your vocabulary and language abilities
  • Read, write, speak and understand your new language
  • Speak without a script
  • Retain what you've learned
  • Practice unscripted conversations in your new language
  • Negotiate complex situations with confidence and accuracy
Sample topics include:
  • The basics, such as age and family relations
  • Questions, greetings, introductions
  • Telling time, calendar terms, the weather
  • Directions, locations, dining out
  • Emotions, opinions, ideas
  • Political, media, business terms
  • Arranging home repairs
  • Planning to move abroad
  • Discussing the arts and tourism
  • Careers and conducting interviews
  • Problem-solving and commercial transactions

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.


System Requirements

  • Windows: XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • Mac (Intel based only): Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.6 or higher)
  • 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
  • 600 MB free hard-drive space (per level)
  • CD or DVD drive for installation
  • 1024 x 768 display resolution
  • 1 available USB port (for a headset with microphone)
  • To access online services: Must have standard Broadband Internet connection (slow internet connections will not suffice)

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

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
365 of 371 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete, and Worth the Money January 10, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I found out two months ago that my university was sending me to Italy in a year to teach for one semester. I'll be teaching in English, but my wife and I will need to live, shop, eat, travel, and deal with random problems in Italian, so we got Rosetta Stone to help us learn.

I've read reviews here and there by people who were disappointed in Rosetta Stone, but I have found it better than I expected. Having learned one language as a child, studied four more as an adult, traveled and at least briefly conversed in six, and taught one (Latin) to kids with my own textbooks (Schola Latina), I'm almost perfectly pleased with the way Rosetta Stone is helping us learn Italian.

As another reviewer points out, the program, while expensive, costs less than a semester of Italian at many a university, and you get a lot for the money. Each of five levels has four units, and each unit has four lessons; that's eighty lessons. Each lesson includes a core lesson of about forty screens, and from four to fifteen supplemental and review exercises of five to fifteen screens. That's about 10,000 screens of exercises in the main track of the program. In addition, you get fifteen months of free access to games, stories, and interaction with native speakers, all coordinated with your progress in the program. Each level also comes with four long CDs for repetitive drill.

Rosetta Stone's special angle is that the student doesn't translate. That is, you don't respond to words in one language with words in another language. Most of the exercises are based on pictures -- cleverly clear pictures. But the program is not all about responding to pictures by choosing words, as some reviews have suggested; different screens call on, exercise, and build different skills.
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157 of 168 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK for certain people December 5, 2010
By Lucas
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
Rosetta Stone is useful for some people. I consider myself to have learned a lot from Rosetta Stone V4 Totale. I do not work for Amazon, Rosetta Stone, or any competitor of these companies. I originally bought the Italian version because I wanted to talk to people in Italy on my next vacation, and I work in a winery so I thought it would be cool to converse with vineyard owners in Italy. I purchased this program with realistic expectations: I would probably not be fluent in Italian even if I completed all 5 levels.

1.) Expect to start off slowly and do not expect to learn the language overnight. I expected the program to last at least 6 months, and still not be fluent. The first lessons and level basically teach you to say, "the horse is running." "Il cavallo corre" It was not until I reached lesson 4 of level 1 that RS started to teach useful sentences such as "I would like to purchase some vegetables with a credit card." It starts very slowly, and you must have lots of time and drive to get through those first lessons.

2.) I purchased the Totale version and found the RS World feature to be fun and useful. I especially like the Simbio feature where you get to converse in English with a native Italian speaker and converse in Italian with them. You basically play games and can chat with them. This feature drives me to learn more vocabulary so that I can speak more clearly with the native speaker.

3.) The RS iPhone app is useful for repetition. To learn Italian, I found myself repeating the same phrases and words over and over again. Maybe 10X. Even basic phrases such as "the horse is running" because each noun has a gender and the verb has to correspond with that gender. The app is only helpful for repetition (memorization), not new learning.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just starting out, seems like a good way to learn February 25, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'm updating this review as I use the course, since waiting to provide a single, full review after I'v'e progressed through all the levels would likely take months. Since this is the newest version, I feel it's more important to update as I go along. Hopefully this is more benefit to you reading this now, rather than me waiting 6 months or a year to write the review, at which time Rosetta Stone might be on to a whole new version anyway.

My 9yo daughter is really excited about learning a new language, so I'll try to mix in her experience as appropriate as well.

What it comes with:
-1 program installation disc
-5 Language level discs (these provide the actual lessons). You can install them as you go or all at once.
-5 levels of audio cds, each level contains multiple cds (4 each level).
-Keyboard overlays, with both black and white overlays. These are stickers you can place on your keyboard keys to show the language's special characters.
-USB microphone/headset combo
-Quick guide
-Registration card (it's like a credit card but you scratch off the registration number and enter it when you install the software).

Installing:
Installation is simple, although it warns you that you cannot change the install location at a later date. I've heard RS is hard to get reinstalled and reactivated. Total size is about 2.5 GB of data plus a few other folders. Therefore, ensure you have about 3 GB of free space just for the program. If you rip the audio cd's to iTunes, mp3, etc, you'll need additional storage space for those.

The Headset:
The USB headset has been a bit buggy on my system. I had to reboot several times before my PC (Win Vista Home Premium) would properly install the drivers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product. This method is a fun way to ...
Fantastic product. This method is a fun way to learn a language!
Published 4 days ago by Mr. Jose A. de la Cruz, A.I.A.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the basics but needs written reference material for...
I have been using this product for at least one hour, every other day for the last couple of months. Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. Angeles
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful condition of the Rosetta Stone.
I've never had any of these foreign language in computer software for many years to come. Right now, I'm an adult. However, I have never spoken Italian all the time. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Thomas McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off worthwhile, now I'm not so sure.
The software itself starts out well. The customer service is OK if you have a problem. Why 3 stars? Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good learning tool for that trip I'll never take!
Published 27 days ago by Joshua Puzycki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 1 month ago by Blanesha
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately I did not come out of my road trip ...
Unfortunately I did not come out of my road trip speaking Italian, however it seems well organized and I am making progress. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Bordelon
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me!
I am learning a lot and I am still only on the beginning of the first level!! I love the interactive sessions with native speakers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HugeAmazonFan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money. Bogus speech recognition
I waited and saved up a long time for this $300 item. It is very disappointing. I have taken a few italian courses and been to Italy more than 10 times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Product-Reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good program made unusable by the horrible beeps
Below is one of several emails I sent to Rosetta Stone. I have asked them to do something about it, but they have not gotten back to me after a week. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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