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Rosetta Stone V3: French Level 1-3 Set with Audio Companion [OLD VERSION]

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Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Rosetta Stone teaches you a new language naturally, by getting you to think, live and breathe the language
  • Innovative solutions get you speaking new words, right from the start
  • Rosetta Stone moves forward only when you're ready--you drive the pace, you set the schedule
  • With Rosetta Stone, you'll discover a foundation of key vocabulary that you'll use to build into a whole new language
  • Audio Companion lets you take the Rosetta Stone experience anywhere: in the car, at the gym, or on-the-go

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001AFD20E
  • Item model number: 21185
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 9, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,099 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Foreign language learning with Rosetta Stone French Levels 1, 2&3 you connect with the world around you. With level one you begin learning fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure, from greetings and introductions to simple questions and their answers. Gain the confidence and enter the intermediate level where you will be able to talk about your environment; give and get directions, tell time, dine out with self-reliance, shop and enjoy basic social interactions. Taking what you’ve learned in Levels 1 and 2, we help you reach an advanced level of competence. This competence allows you to connect with the world around you. You will learn to share your ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life; your work, current events and much more. Now Rosetta Stone with Audio Companion allows the learner to take Rosetta Stone anywhere: in the car, the gym or on-the-go! What is Audio Companion? Audio Companion CDs are activities that correspond to the Rosetta Stone CD-ROM software lessons. The learner can listen to Audio Companion and practice what they’ve been learning on the computer, turning travel time into productive language learning time. Audio Companion lets the student access the power of Rosetta Stone lessons whenever and wherever they want, they can play the CD’s on a stereo, or download them to a MP3 player. It empowers the student and helps reinforce the lessons in any busy lifestyle!


Rosetta Stone Personal Edition contains everything you need to give the voice inside of you a new language. The method used recreates the natural way you learned your first language, revealing skills that you already have. This approach has won numerous awards, and has been adopted by countless organizations, schools and millions of users around the world. Join the language revolution today. Only with Rosetta Stone.

The comprehensive language-learning solution that fits your life.

Learn Naturally
Learn your next language the same way you learned your first language. Dynamic Immersion empowers you to see, hear and comprehend without translating or memorizing. You already have this ability. Rosetta Stone simply unlocks it.

Engage Interactively
Get feedback to move forward. You learn best by doing, and you'll apply what you've learned to get to the next step. Rosetta Stone adapts to your individual needs and skills, because you drive the program with your progress.

Speak Confidently
Start speaking immediately. From the very first lesson, you'll speak. You'll begin with essential basics, which form the building blocks of the language. Soon you'll create new sentences on your own, using words you've learned.

Have Fun
Best of all, Rosetta Stone is addictive. With every entertaining activity, you'll feel success. You'll want to use Rosetta Stone to have that next moment, that next breakthrough. So you'll keep using it, and you'll learn more!

That's language-learning success.
That's Rosetta Stone.

No translation or memorization required.

The most effective way to learn a new language is to be surrounded by it. When you were an infant, your parents taught you this way, by intuitively associating words with images. That's the ultimate language lab, but most language-learning programs completely ignore this.

Think about all of the ways you've tried to learn a language: classes at school, tapes and cassettes, even software that uses your native language as a base for your next one. What do they all have in common? Translation and memorization.

Instead of taking a "direct flight" from your brain to your new language, translation and memorization connects you to your old language. You always have to "fly" from your brain, to your native tongue ... and then translate what you've memorized to communicate.

That might work for a few words, but what happens when you get to a sentence or phrase? When you have to change tenses? You're going to make a lot of "connecting flights." That's why those other methods are so frustrating ... and why they fail.

Enter Dynamic Immersion.
This method encourages you to think like a baby. You'll pair words with vivid, real-life images and make connections between things you know and the new language. Soon, you'll be thinking in a new language, stringing words together into phrases that you create.

Innovative technology.
Rosetta Stone places this Dynamic Immersion method at the core of a suite of software that works with you to develop your skills. The simple, intuitive interface helps to keep you engaged in the solution, while advanced speech recognition technology makes certain that you're speaking correctly and accurately. Best of all, Rosetta Stone never leaves you behind. You'll only move forward when you're ready, when you've become comfortable and confident.

Communicate and connect with the world: Level 1, 2 & 3 Set.
Rosetta Stone Level 1, 2 & 3 Set will take you on a journey from the basics to a whole new level of sophistication. You'll build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. You'll quickly gain the confidence to engage in social interactions. Say "hello" and "goodbye," arrange travel, order food, go shopping and more! From there, you'll share your ideas and opinions, express feelings and talk about your life, your interests and more. You'll discover a voice. In a new language.

Audio Companion
With Audio Companion, you'll enhance the Rosetta Stone experience wherever you go. You'll learn new skills on the computer, and then reinforce what you've learned with Audio Companion. Simply play the CDs on a stereo or download them to a MP3 Player. Each Audio Companion activity corresponds to a lesson in the Rosetta Stone software, so you can turn your travel time into productive language-learning time.

Inside the box, you'll find:

  • Version 3 Personal Edition CD-ROM software for Levels 1, 2 & 3 (Windows/Mac)
  • Headset microphone
  • User's guide
  • Audio Companion, a multiple-CD set to play or download to your MP3 player

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
398 of 406 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I hate this software for two reasons. Nonetheless, I'm positive it will work wonders for certain individuals. At this price range you simply must know if you're one of those types or not. Otherwise you'll be wasting a lot of hard earned money. Rosetta's licensing makes it so that you cannot resell the software and their "money back guarantee" does NOT cover Amazon purchases. I know because I asked and researched. You only get the six month guarantee if you buy directly from Rosetta - at an even higher price I might add.

There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to language instruction. Total immersion or non-total immersion. The former is like dropping you in the middle of a foreign country without a guidebook or translator. The latter is like having someone with you who can speak both languages and can answer questions in your native tongue.

Rosetta is total immersion. I didn't know that when I received the product. In the past I've used Pimsleur (Brazilian Portuguese) and found it to be effective both in teaching the language and in motivating me to continue. The motivation part is why I prefer Pimsleur. There's also a new company on the market with a similar approach called Fluenz that offers a bit more hand holding than Pimsleur which many users, according to reviews here, seem to like.

For many people there's a very basic psychological principle in play when learning a new language. It's similar to those folks who resolve to exercise and lose weight after New Years. They start with the best intentions, but many if not most fail to keep their resolutions. One of the reasons is a lack of positive reinforcement. If you start out too fast, for example, and get hurt you've just created a negative influence on your motivation.
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321 of 327 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite amazing August 28, 2008
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
While it should be a standard to wait a long while before reviewing there are aspects that become more quickly apparent both for comparison and understanding.

My previous French language experience came from two years of high school classes about sixteen years ago. I've had a few other language classes since then, establishing me if not as a thorough polyglot at least as a someone well versed in language training from a variety of different teaching styles, approaches, and contexts.

I've tried to keep up with a number of these languages I've studied, with various success, and with various software help. Mostly the inexpensive kind. I've picked up the Instant Immersion disks (a great, inexpensive, entirely un-thorough approach), the Learn to Speak series (about the same, though with a lot more content).

Recently, to learn German for my studies I looked at more thorough programs and two stood out. The Rosetta Stone series and the Tell Me More. I noticed Tell Me More was getting great reviews and was less than half the price. Being a little financially strapped I skipped the trend and bought Tell Me More. And I'm very glad I did. It's an effective program that has pushed me quite along in learning the language.

Still, there was a tickle in my brain. Is Rosetta Stone really better? So, when it came time for me to start with French, also for my studies, I decided to make a contrast.

And yes, Rosetta Stone is the better program.

In some ways.

Really, I'd have to say these are quite different programs, rather than one being substantially better.

Tell Me More is a like a class in a box. There is a mix of exercises that help to build vocabulary, sentence structure, writing, pronunciation, and other aspects.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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Color me impressed. I came in with relatively high expectations for Rosetta Stone, but I write this review after working with it for a month, and now holding a higher opinion of the product than I did before. I spent over a year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey as a young Marine learning Korean. All the services were present, and DLI was good for dozens of languages. The approach was structured, and largely immersive, which is to say that my classes were taught by native speakers. There's a huge advantage to that, inasmuch you have instant and intelligent feedback and instruction when you need it. If all you hear and (try to) speak is the language, then it's being drilled into your head consciously and subconsciously. Surrounding yourself with native speakers, either through such an environment, or within the country itself, is going to be (for most) the absolute best way to approach foreign language mastery -- but what to do when that's not an option? Or what to do to prepare before doing so? This.

The software is intuitive, the approach is intelligent. You don't have that native speaker standing in front of you scowling because you're butchering the music of their language in the early going, but you do have the software giving feedback and similarly identifying where you might require a little more attention. The program constructs in the user a solid base of simple vocabulary, establishing a basic understanding of the mechanics of the language on which additional vocabulary and structure may be built. With regard to the interface, the absence of a tutorial (as far as I saw, though I didn't look hard because it was so easy just to start using) was a bit surprising, though it took a very small amount of time to get into the swing of things.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
I am french and my husband is american.... he wanted to speak my language, and after getting this product he had made huge progress, this method is very good because it is total... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Aleeche
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ice-breaker -- get the upgrade
I learned Spanish in high school through three years of structured exercises and progressively more complex essays, in which my noun choices, verb tenses, conjugation, and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael R. Airhart
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory product, but you can't resell it
Purchased Rosetta Stone for my daughter in college. She liked the program but switched from French to Japanese after one year. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by M. Baines
3.0 out of 5 stars Installation and maintenance was more trouble than it was worth!
I hate to say it but I have had nothing but problems with Rosetta Stone V3 French.

It all started right at the beginning (a very good place to start). Read more
Published on January 16, 2011 by Heath Buckmaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but takes long to learn
For those unaware, the Rosetta stone philosophy is to learn a language the way a baby learns. No grammar, no lessons, etc. Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by C. Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone French Level 1,2,3 w/headset
Arrived promptly, A1 condition as new, I'd already searched the net for the best deal and this was it. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Christina Lb Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to learn a new language
I purchased Rosetta stone french level 1-3 a month ago, and without a doubt it is the best method of learning a new language. Read more
Published on August 21, 2010 by Joshua N. Thiele
2.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone French 1,2,3
After a couple months of use Rossetta stone no longer runs on my MAC 10.5.8.
Tech support is email only and slow to respond. Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by Michael P. Oconnor
3.0 out of 5 stars Great product, lousy support
This is a great product. I wont go into details because others have done so. However, BEWARE, the licensing scheme is a pain and customer service is dismal. Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by Jorge Cornick Montero
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
I resisted getting Rosetta Stone for a long time because of how much it costs. I can now safely say that it is well worth the price.
Published on March 25, 2010 by J. Strube
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