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Learn Russian: Rosetta Stone Russian - Level 1

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 Russian vocabulary, words, and phrases.
  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Russian with Rosetta Stone.
  • Practice live online with a native Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian: Rosetta Stone Russian - Level 1 + Russian Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) + The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617160768
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347 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
68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! But don't expect to be fluent! February 11, 2011
By Cc1990
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I want to start of by saying do not buy this product with the idea that it alone is all you need to become fluent. Levels 1-3 will give you a good foundation in the language and probably some fairly good speaking skills - but you will still have a ways to go. Also, sadly, you will not have developed very much conversational skills after this first level. You will learn some "need-to-know" stuff, yes, but stuff that you will most likely not use very much. There are sentences like "The cat is in the hat" and "The keys are in the shoe". I understand the reasoning behind forming sentences like this (prepositions and the prepositional case), but you would think that more focus would be paid on actual conversational skills.
Another gripe is that the images are not unique to the language. You would think that if you pay over $200 bucks for one level (and over $500 for all three) that you would be getting something unique. Having said that, there is a wide range of different Russian speakers throughout level one - all very pleasant and easy to understand.
The online features are absolutely great. This is one reason why it's earned four stars from me. I honestly think Rosetta Stone could really make some money if they separated the software and their online stuff.

So, to sum everything up: this is a good, addictive, and interactive product; but it definitely shouldn't be your only resource. Buy some books to understand some of the grammar, and try to get yourself a dictionary or always have Google Translate handy and ready to go. Also, try to hook up with some native speakers via Skype or something, especially if you want to learn some real conversational skills. You can probably learn more in a few hours with a native speaker (when it comes to day-to-day conversations) than Rosetta Stone Russian level 1 will teach you.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners January 8, 2012
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I decided to try out learning Russian with Rosetta Stone, and I think that I've made a good choice.

The program is easy to use, just like all Rosetta Stone products. I would recommend learning at least the alphabet before starting, as that definitely helps the program make more sense. This actually comes with an alphabet guide, but you should probably use another source to learn it. Also, learning some grammar before starting could be of much use. I remember having absolutely no idea which choice to make on many of the grammar questions early on. This is alright, however, as you'll end up figuring it out mostly by using Rosetta Stone.

As I'm an absolute beginner, I did like that Rosetta Stone just starts off with vocabulary. It gives a good feel for the pronunciation of words and other basic concepts. I must admit, though, that it was pretty scary to start the very beginning lesson with a near impossible-to-pronounce word, devushka ("girl" in the English alphabet). Aside from that, the program starts off nicely with vocab, and progresses to grammar and some basic conversation. It becomes even more complex once each core lesson (and then unit) is mastered. The "standard" course is perfect for learning the language overall, although there are different courses that can specifically focus on speaking, reading, or writing. There are also standard courses with different introductions, extended courses, and placement tests.

Some people may not like Rosetta Stone's style of full immersion. I suppose it does make some parts difficult, but it also teaches you better than simple translations.

I'd definitely recommend this product. I'm not even done using it yet, but it's taught me a lot of Russian and I will be getting the next levels.
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Rosetta Success saysJanuary 28, 2012
Hi Roflman,
We're glad to hear that you're enjoying your Russian studies! Another tip to learn the alphabet is to make sure that you have the "Learn letters and sounds" option checked under your Course Settings. If this option is checked, your first reading and writing activities will introduce the sounds that characters make.
To access the Course Settings, click on the preferences icon at the top of your screen, then click on "Set Preferences". Click on the "Course Settings" tab, then "Change your Course Settings". I hope this helps, and good luck with your language-learning!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good method, and works as advertised. April 20, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
The course is pretty much as they advertise. The visual and audio teaching technique is effective and fun: it keeps you from getting bored! The only downside of the course is the smartphone feature: you can use it free for 30 days, but then they want to charge you. For the price of this course they should include that! It's a good course, and I would certainly purchase the next level.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Program February 5, 2011
By anja
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
This learning program is really good. I went through the first two units and I already can understand and speak basic things. It's visually captivating, so you learn more easily. And the biggest advantage is that you get to have live sessions with a native speaker and other learners. I enjoy these immensely! The only thing that troubles me is: how much of this program changes for another language? (I think that, if they repeat the same pictures and similar structures, it would be less captivating and therefore less efficient the second time around.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Language Instruction! June 13, 2014
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I tried another Russian language instruction program...mostly on-line, but it just wasn't working for me. I decided to pay the extra and get Rosetta Stone. Glad I did! This is much more intuitive, interactive, fun. It makes me say & pronounce words and phrases exactly to pass to the next one, level. I got so much more from this approach. Love it!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Customer Service August 19, 2012
By Clover
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I would like to be able to review this product in more detail, but I can't since I have yet to be able to activate the online services. The activation code doesn't work because it keeps telling me that I don't have internet access. Obviously I do have internet access or I couldn't write this review. I have contacted customer service and they have been zero help. I have also asked to have this escalated to a manager but the woman I've been working with refuses. It's been over a month and I can't get anyone to actually help me.
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Rosetta Success saysAugust 22, 2012
Hi Clover,

Do you have a case number from your interactions with our support teams so that I can look into this for you? Feel free to reply on this thread, or you can send me an e-mail at customerrelations@rosettastone.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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