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5.0 out of 5 stars It CAN be used with an iPad!, September 24, 2010
This review is from: Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) - Level 1 (CD-ROM)
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I started out skeptical. I was ready to point out every flaw...but after a while I LOVE it. As long as you have less of the expectation of the infomercials, this is an EXCELLENT introduction to a new language.

There are so many small yet super innovative things about this program. For example, if you try over and over to get the pronunciation right and keep failing, not only can you click an icon to hear it again, but you also have the option to open a screen that will playback your voice and show the 'voice printout' alongside the correct printout! How cool is that?! After finishing a lesson that includes some basic words I was brave enough to try the interactive games. And the games are so fun! I spent last night online for hours playing games with other Rosetta Stone users in other countries. They match you with similar levels of people so you never feel 'stupid'.
I can not roll my 'r' no matter how hard I try. It can get discouraging when over and over you get the noise indicating a mistake. I switched from the included headphones to the mic on the computer and then my less-than-perfect 'rr' was accepted.
If the program freezes, no worries, just shut down and re-open. That only happened once for me. Other than that, it was easy to load.
There is also a feature (FREE!!!!) called Mobile Companion. You download a speaking lesson for 'on the go', when you aren't on the computer.
I won't go into any more of what it does, because if you are reading you probably already know.
Now, if you have an iPad, not an iPhone or iPod, but the iPad, you will see that there is a note on the Rosetta Stone box indicating you can use the Mobile Companion with an iPhone or iPod. I followed the online instructions to get it to load on my iPad, without success. I accessed the tech support, which was easy and they were very polite, but was told there was no way to load on the iPad. I found a way!!! Do not follow the website directions. On your iPad, do NOT go to iTunes as they tell you to do, go to Apps. Then search NOT 'totale', but 'Rosetta Stone', and choose the free app. It will ask for your email and password, and then you're in! Just remember, it is only for 3 months, then an additional fee applies. A good tip...when you first install this program on your main computer, do not select the option to start your 3 month online support. Wait until you feel confident enough to take advantage of the games, live online lessons with other students (!!!), etc. Then log in to the 3 month extras. You will want every day of them.
Is it worth the money? Rosetta Stone pretty much has the market on home language learning. It can only be installed on ONE computer, and you can have up to 5 users. Do not buy thinking you can share it with your friends, or even with a family member on an unshared computer. If the whole family uses it on a shared computer, it is certainly worth it. If you like all the extra little touches that no one else has on a language program, it's worth it for the individual.

I have to go now. In a few minutes I have a live online lesson that I scheduled!
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