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Rosetta Stone Italian Level 1-5 Set

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews) 8 answered questions

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Platform: PC/Mac
  • 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 Italian Level 1-5 Set + Webster's New World Italian Dictionary: Italian/English, English/Italian + Essential Italian Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar)
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1617160407
  • Item Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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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

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
319 of 325 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|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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151 of 161 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
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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79 of 83 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|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
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I'm currently on level three of this program and all I can say is that every step beyond level one has been excruciatingly boring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Shields
1.0 out of 5 stars Take a college class first!!!
I became a Spanish translator after taking conversation Spanish at a comm college. A bit confusing to learn a language in this manner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ex Patriot
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to master, but it's fun.
This will take a long time to master before I can speak fluently. Hope it happens! Great if you have the time to invest.
Published 1 month ago by Kitten Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to learn a language!
I have found that Rosetta Stone method a great way to learn a language. Rosetta Stone introduces words with pictures, then uses a whole language approach in helping you learn a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
1.0 out of 5 stars It won't load and the online chat guy wasted over an hour of my time...
I paid $300 for a product that won't even load on my computer, which fits its specs. To top it off, the online chat guy wasted two hours of my time and didn't help at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue Degnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
So far, so good. This set has not disappointed me. I grew up in an Italian family but had forgotten a lot.
This is very easy to use
Published 2 months ago by fletcHa
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes for certain language, but there is no way you can learn Chinese or...
I am going to Europe during this summer, and I do not want to encounter language barrier. Therefore, I bought this set and hope that I can finish before the tour. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheldon Liu
1.0 out of 5 stars RosettaStone
Hard to load. Got it loaded finally on my brothers computer but would not load on mine. A lot of money for something that was so difficult.
Published 3 months ago by maxi
3.0 out of 5 stars disapointed
i returned this as it was not working and gave me alot of trouble skipping from one lesson to another not going from one to another lesson not following in order i was on chat and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bernice zappia
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my best purchase
Sometimes it has a mind of its own. For example: I was working in Unit I and suddenly I was in Unit 3.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas E. Reilly
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