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Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-5 Set

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) 4 answered questions

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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
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Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-5 Set + Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters + Chinese Flash Cards Kit Volume 1: Characters 1-349: HSK Elementary Level (Audio CD Included)
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617168718
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac

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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.

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

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
304 of 310 people found the following review helpful
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As of the date of this initial review, I have been studying Chinese for two and a half years-- starting with Rosetta Stone Chinese, and studying levels 1-3 (Ver. 3) intermittently with my first year of college Chinese courses in the US and my second year of studying the language, which was immersion while working as a foreign teacher in an area of China that speaks a mandarin dialect. I've also completed levels 1-3 of RS Arabic and used RS French before the higher levels for that language were released.

To Rosetta Stone's credit, the software is a fabulous experiment in foreign language instruction. It has a unique methodology that aims at simulating immersion. Of course, in reality, immersion experiences are much more overwhelming in the amount of the language you simply do not know-- immersion experiences do not slowly build from one lesson to the next, but are much more "Everything all the time"-- so Rosetta Stone gives you the feeling of working only in the target language, but in a way that is constructive. This is particularly helpful in languages that don't use roman script, and RS Chinese is great because you can also choose to immerse in Chinese characters, or work with the pinyin as much as you choose.

Rosetta Stone's strength, across languages, is in understanding how to speak formally (and respectfully, to some extent), and to study grammar without complex grammar maps or formulas like you might see in a textbook. Rosetta Stone also teaches a fairly wide vocabulary-- I often complete lessons in Rosetta Stone and think that the lesson was overall not helpful, but that I benefited from a memorable introduction to some vocabulary or to a complex grammatical structure that I did not previously understand.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depending on what you need, RS can be useful December 25, 2012
By Static6
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I am fully bilingual in French/English and speak a bit of Spanish. Here is my opinion on Rosetta Stone - Mandarin:

I won't go too much into describing the software, as it has already been done by a lot of reviewers. Basically, RS teaches you by what they call "immersion method". You learn by analyzing pictures, recognizing objects and repeating words. As a result, you will not learn complete useful sentences until very far into the program. For instance, if you were to visit China at the end of the 2nd lesson, you might not be able to ask people for directions to your hotel or invite that pretty lady you met at the airport to have dinner with you at 9pm. However, RS will enable you to recognize that 'the policeman wearing a blue hat is reading a newspaper'.

You will certainly build a good vocabulary with RS, and the redundancy of the program will ensure that the words you learn stay in your memory for a long time. You will also be able to learn grammar and to build your own sentences. This is nice thing that most software out there cannot provide.

At the end of the day, depending on what you need, RS can be useful. If you are looking for a fast way to learn/memorize useful sentences or to hold simple conversations, RS may not be the way to go. But if you would like to learn the language more thoroughly, to be able to build your own sentences, and to hold higher level conversations, Rosetta Stone will definitely help. That being said, if you would like to be fluent in a language, you cannot just stick to one tool. A software like RS coupled with audio tapes (such as Pimsleur) and a Native tutor may be the perfect combo.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By E. Kao
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To add another level of information to the reviews already in place, I'm an American born Chinese who never really learned to speak Chinese as a child. I'm well familiar with the way the language is supposed to sound, and although I didn't grow up speaking or understanding, I did take a 1 year college course in Mandarin Chinese. For people like me, I think this product can be very beneficial, because the main thing that I was missing was vocabulary, grammar, and speed. I've made it through most of level 1 in about a month, and I'm already finding that I understand more particularly with respect to numbers, like when talking about time or money. With a little bit of extra knowledge occasionally obtained by using Google Translate, I've also been making good progress in sorting out the counting words (which are maddeningly complicated). Something about the picture matching approach is causing me to finally grasp certain simple concepts without having to translate to English, which is an exciting first for me.

On the down-sides, I am first and foremost concerned about the subscription approach to this software. I don't see any way I'm making it through 5 levels in under three months. Second, if you are hoping to learn how to read in Chinese, I don't believe this product will be effective. Third, there are some questions in the lessons, notably in the milestones, which I don't believe any normal person is going to get correct based on the information given. A certain amount of wrong-ness is to be expected when learning a language, so I suppose that one's not going to be a big deal.

Finally, to support what other reviewers have said, the speech recognition is not perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1-5 Set
Don't buy this, it's a subscription! If you're willing to pay $350.00 each year go for it, but it's really not worth it.
Published 2 months ago by S. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay for other languages, NOT for Mandarain
You can look at my review for the French version (it's better), but I found Mandarin was just awful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reviewer V
1.0 out of 5 stars I would never recommend this product for trying to learn a foreign...
I understand why this product would be great for learning languages with the same alphabet as english (French, Spanish, ect.) but Rosetta's approach to teaching Mandarin is poor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Fields
2.0 out of 5 stars May be a Good Method for Some, But not for Me
I am a pastor recently assigned to a Chinese church. Before a brain tumor, I had a real gift for languages and was literate in several dozen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John A Lee III
4.0 out of 5 stars A good product
Pretty easy to use. Like the other languages that I have used Rosetta Stone for, one needs to review more than the program expects. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pat Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars great learning
I love the product and will buy more after i learn this language. It is structured well making it easy to learn another language.
Published 5 months ago by Douglas Ditty
1.0 out of 5 stars The usual tutorial delusion. (No, you didn't impress the girl.)
Students using this product can work though it and imagine that they are learning Mandarin Chinese, but what they are learning is the Rosetta Stone program. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marco Buendia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great learning program!
The only problem I had is that the USB headset didn't work for hearing, mic worked fine though. Also, I wish that the first lesson started with the more pertinent words that you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim Fincannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of good content
I understand that the software is supposed to help a person learn conversational Chinese. My only complaint with this product is that sometimes I would like to know EXACTLY what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeff Welch
3.0 out of 5 stars Exact same content, no matter what language
So Rosetta Stone thinks, that the exact same words need to be taught in all its language packs. I have multiple packs & its the same thing over & over again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Rungta
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