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Rosetta Stone German 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
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Rosetta Stone German Level 1-5 Set + German Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) + German Vocabulary (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic)
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617160075
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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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

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
315 of 320 people found the following review helpful
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I've completed German levels 1-5 of Rosetta Stone, and these are my experiences:

First, a brief description of how Rosetta Stone is laid out. There is a basic application you install, and then you install language levels on top of it. You can purchase several boxes with different levels for the same language or even different languages, but you would only install the application the first time, and the additional language levels plug into it. The maximum number of levels per language is five, but many languages only have one through three available. This means that Rosetta Stone will not cover as advanced of topics in these languages.

Each level of a language has four units, and each unit has four main lessons and about 35 activities overall. The main lessons each take 20-30 minutes to complete, and the additional activities each take 5-10 minutes. The additional activities correspond to a specific lesson and focus on a single aspect of the language, like pronunciation, vocabulary, or writing. Additionally, there is a review for each lesson, which is occasionally repeated as you complete the level. Unfortunately, these reviews do not carry across levels. You will never see a review for Level 1, Unit 2, Lesson 3 while working on Level 2, for instance. These reviews are based on time, not how many activities you've completed, so if you take longer to complete the level, you will see more reviews.

The course is built around hearing native speakers speak a phrase that corresponds to a picture. Then there are different tasks you have to accomplish.
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194 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can speak German now March 11, 2011
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I've completed the full German course, 1-5 and have had a very good experience with it. English is a Germanic language, which means many of the words underlying English and German are the same or quite similar. Vocabulary should come fairly easily to students and the program gets one to an intermediate level of communication. The audio companion cd discs (20 of them) do a great job of drumming in vocabulary drills or refresh words and concepts learned in earlier lessons. The studio lessons allow for a genuine small classroom experience with teachers who know which words the student is and is not familiar with.
There are deficiencies in the Rosetta Stone system. As 100% of the program is in German, one needs to pick up a dictionary to translate properly some of the words in the course. Also if one forgets a word there is no glossary allowing one to go back to the section the word was introduced.
The underlying premiss that adults can learn a language like a child has limits. Do you know a foreigner who learned English as an adult who speaks like a native? The last flaw is a significant one. German has a complex grammatical system and there is no way that one can pick that up by just listening to it. Hitting a german grammar book outside the course is a major help in this regard.
I have family in the German part of Switzerland and they can understand me. My fluency level is enough to get by at the conversational level in most situations. Think of Rosetta Stone 1-5 like a couple of years of college level study. One will be far from fluent but at the same time, one can get almost any idea across and have a solid foundation to build on.
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, except for pronunciation June 12, 2011
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I got the Rosetta Stone in German as a refresher for my trip to Austria. I took german for 7 years and already have good pronunciation and this thing tells me I'm saying it wrong constantly. I have even had my boyfriend and others listen to me as I'm saying it and they say I am pronouncing it exactly as Rosetta Stone tells me to but it never accepts it. Then, when I mess up and say it wrong, it accepts it. I have come to the point of totally skipping the pronunciation part. The vocab is good and I have re-learned a lot of what I forgot but I would rather just buy a german book and go through the vocab than mess with this software. Overpriced for the glitches it has.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The speech "regonition" is horrible! March 4, 2011
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I've been working with the Russian 1-3 package ran into what seemed to be a pronunciation brick wall - I couldn't even get the software to recognize the very simple words in level 1, lesson 1. So why am I posting a review of the German levels 1-5 package? My experience with the Russian package was so frustrating that I begged a friend to let me test recognition on his German software.

I started learning German 10 years ago and while I'm not fluent, I aced my university courses in it, listen to German internet radio, and have participated in a weekly conversational German club for 4 years. Native speakers and university level German students have no trouble understanding me, but this software doesn't register a single word I say.

Do yourself a favor and disable the speech "recognition" feature - it will save you from throwing a perfectly good computer out your window.
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Rosetta Success saysSeptember 27, 2011
Hi James, Pete and E. C.,

Here are some tips on how to best use the Speech Recognition software.

Use the USB-headset that came with your copy of Rosetta Stone Version 3.

Make sure your headset's microphone is positioned beside your mouth and approximately 1 inch away from your cheek

During speaking exercises, wait 2 seconds after the beep to begin speaking

Make sure your USB-headset is your default sound input/output device

As E. C. suggested, you can also lower your Speech Precision Level:
Click the Preferences icon (the circle with 3 horizontal lines).
Click Set Preferences from the drop-down menu.
Click the Audio Settings tab.
Use the slider to lower your Speech Precision Level.
Click Apply Changes.

I hope this information helps!
109 of 128 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor -- Software Not Yet Perfected February 22, 2011
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I have the most advanced (and expensive) RosettaStone German package. The concept is good, and when it works, it really works. The problem is the speech-recognition software is not sophisticated enough for its ambitions, and that stops you in your tracks. The headset works. The sound settings are correct. The headset just has a hard time recognizing speech, so it won't let you in. That's that! It's not that the entry test is complicated or foreign. One need only say "1,2,3,4,5" in English in a normal tone of voice to gain entry. Simple enough, especially if one is a native English-speaker like me. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. One spends hours repeating the numbers, checking the voice and sound settings, listening to other recordings to see if the headset and mike are working, booting and re-booting the computer, plugging the headset in and out, uploading and re-uploading RosettaStone. (The headset must be plugged in before uploading RosettaStone). If you call for technical help, you are put on hold for a long time and then they make you go through what you just did yourself. Sooner or later, it will work, so Technical Support thinks it has fixed it. But then it happens again. Today it took me an hour to get on. Inasmuch as the advanced package costs $600+, I suggest one wait until the technology is perfected.
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