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Rosetta Stone V2: Russian Level 1 [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Linux, Unix, Mac, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • This powerful tool uses advanced multimedia tools to immerse you completely in Russian, as you experience the language just as a native-speaker would
  • You'll enjoy 12 special activities with 92 lessons each -- all of them fun and interesting, and sure to teach you more about the language
  • Key skills in listening comprehension, reading, speaking and writing are developed as you get a taste of Russian and Slavic culture
  • Previews, tests and automated tutorials help you when you're stumped, so that your Russian speaking skills never cease to grow!

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With the Rosetta Stone Rusian Personal Edition Level 1, you have the same new language-instruction techniques at your disposal that the U.S. State Dept, the Peace Corps and NASA use!

Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older)

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B00004YUGO
  • Item model number: 022-00
  • Date first available at July 9, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,183 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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This program is a fun and fast way to start recognizing Russian words and sentences. You learn by hearing and seeing written cues along with photographs that represent various concepts. Click on the correct photograph and get a rewarding sound and move forward. It is intuitive, and you will find that you recognize a great deal very quickly.
There are a few drawbacks to the program, however. Because the program teaches using photographs, it is difficult to show that "I" am doing something or "you" are doing something. Most of the sentences, therefore, are in the third person. This is a challenge when you go to speak to someone and find that most of your conversation would be in the first and second person.
The other drawback is that there is no explanation of the grammar, and no translation of new vocabulary. I use this program with a Russian/English dictionary at my side. I understand that the point is that you learn the word for a concept rather than a translation, which is a better way to learn. On the other hand, it is not always clear what the photograph is trying to convey. For example, a photograph of a 1950s vintage green car has a word you have learned to be car, and an adjective. I had no idea what it was getting at until I looked up the adjective to see that it meant "old." Occasionally you might get an answer wrong because you mistook the action in the photo not because you didn't understand the grammar. It's not a major problem, but you do feel a bit cheated when it happens!
Also, it would be useful to have a function that would allow you to look up a grammatical rule behind new vocabulary so that you could not only hear that a certain ending is being added, but have an explanation of why it is being added.
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I was *very* enthusiastic about buying and using this software in the beginning, but after using it for a couple of months find this software to be terribly lacking in many respects.

I am now well into the third unit (more than 20 lessons) and still have not learned how to say "hello." They've got the right approach in terms of methodology, but the material seems to have been lazily put together and fails to take into account so many obvious essentials that I wonder if the program was even designed by a competent linguist.

Do I really need to know how to say, "violet hat," "the bananas are in the basket," "the window is round," or "the man, woman and baby are sitting on the tractor" before I've even learned to say "hello"? The program abounds with impractical and even absurd phrases you wouldn't even use in the English language. When teaching a concept, why not use everyday language and objects? When will the boys and girls ever be standing on the table in your world? Or the man and woman standing on the wall??? I've skipped ahead and haven't uncovered any conversational material at all.

All too often, they'll dive right in with complex sentences composed almost entirely of words you haven't yet learned. Or you'll answer incorrectly because it's painfully unclear what concept is being taught. Again, this is just sloppy development. A bright native English speaker won't have too much trouble figuring out words and phrases in Romance languages, and the sentence structures are similar as well. Not so with Russian.

And where's Russia? There is no culturally specific material (I am willing to bet that all language versions of this software use the exact same pictures and have simply been translated). How about getting around on the Moscow subway system?
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The Rosetta Stone series of language instruction software is "Pimsleur" level of effectiveness and unfortunately, Pimsleur level cost as well.
The programs work on a total immersion basis, with no English used at all. There are several types of drills, ones where you hear a word or sentence and pick it out of a group of pictures, another where you read the text of the word and pick out the pictures, etc. There are also typing drills in your language to help you spell (without having to download special fonts), pronounciation drills that allow you to hear a word, speak it to your computer and hear your voice in comparison to the native speaker played back to you.
This is the first program of it's type I've found where this feature actually works!
I own both German and Russian 1 and 2. There is a LOT to learn here, especially if you do all the types of drills for each lesson. You learn grammar from inference, such as word endings when the subject is "in" something rather than "on" or "under" it. You see the same endings used, compare them with the pictures and you start to recognize patterns.
But one of the best things about this software is the user interface. Since it's an immersion program, there's no English used and by it's very nature needs to be intuitive. This is how it should be done. I've used other types of language software that had a klunky, confusing interface with features that didn't work, etc. None of that is the case with the Rosetta Stone software.
On another note, I switched to Mac about nine months ago and Fairfield Language Technologies sent me out a new Mac OS X systems disc for free, no questions asked. At this price level you'd think this would be commonplace, but it's not.
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