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Learn Russian: Rosetta Stone Russian - Level 1

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 8
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3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Russian with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure
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Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc | Edition: Russian

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.

Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc | Edition: Russian
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  • ASIN: 1617160768
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 6.5 x 7.8 inches ; 10.2 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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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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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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Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian
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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Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian
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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January 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!
Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian 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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Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian 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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Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian 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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Platform for Display: PC/Mac DiscEdition: Russian 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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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
August 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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