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Learn Chinese: Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) - Level 1-3 Set

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  • Learn to read, write, and speak in Chinese (Mandarin) with Rosetta Stone.
  • Build upon a foundation of key Chinese (Mandarin) vocabulary, words, and phrases.
  • Rosetta Stone moves forward when you are ready. You drive the pace. You set the schedule.
  • Practice live online with a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaking tutor, and have access to the Rosetta Stone online learning community.
  • Take the Rosetta Stone experience with you while on-the-go, free 3 month trial included. Build your Chinese (Mandarin) language skills from your tablet and mobile devices.
  • Interactive language software with proprietary speech-recognition technology
  • Develop language skills to enjoy social interactions; share ideas and opinions
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Connect with the world. Learn language fundamentals from greetings and introductions to simple questions and answers. Give and get directions, tell time, and dine out. Share your opinions, and talk about everyday life: your interests, your work, current events, and more.

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Platform:PC/Mac Disc
ASIN 1608299643
Release date September 14, 2010
Customer Reviews
2.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,681 in software
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Product Dimensions 6.3 x 2.9 x 7.6 inches
Media: CD-ROM
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Discover the new Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Set experience

Millions of people around the world have already learned a new language with our award-winning approach. It's no coincidence that Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language. Our method is effective because it's more than the newest app—it's the result of decades of research into the way people learn best.

With the Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 set you will communicate and connect around the world. Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Develop the language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share ideas and opinions in your new language.

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There is one area Rosetta Stone excels at - Marketing. From airports to office parties to late night infomercials, one is bombarded with images of these yellow boxes, and the promise of a short-cut to language learning. Sadly, to borrow a Chinese expression, Rosetta Stone is tu2you3xu1ming2 - only a false and empty reputation.

There are three main problems with Rosetta Stone Chinese V4: (1) Rosetta Stone's rhetoric that it will let you `learn a language as a child does' is a very, very enticing bit of advertising, but it is also very, very false, especially with a language so distant as Chinese; (2) Using the same stock program that is used for teaching Western languages to teach Chinese leads to a host of problems; (3) The price is far too high given the quality, and there are many better quality, reasonably priced choices on the market.

(1) `learn a language as a child does' - Rosetta Stone has no shortage of variations on this, from their clearly-coined-by-a-focus-group buzz-word `Dynamic Immersion,' to their old `remember how easy it was for you to learn your first language?' line. Well, maybe they are right; perhaps using their program you can learn a language just as quickly and easily as a child does. Let's say your language goal was fairly modest: equivalent ability of a 5 year old. Now, how long has that 5 year old been `Dynamically Immersed' in their language? At least 10 hours a day, 365 days a year, 5 years = just a quick easy 18,250 hours to basic language proficiency with Rosetta Stone.

But wait - there's a bigger problem. Rosetta Stone does NOT duplicate how children learn languages, not even close.
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If you want to learn Mandarin, Rosetta Stone will be an unjustified expense and an even greater waste of your valuable time. Many people try Rosetta Stone and give up, only to blame themselves for not becoming fluent. I have been through all 3 sets, but in the end it doesn't matter because a computer program cannot teach you to communicate with another human being. The whole point of learning a language is communicating with others, not talking to your monitor. Anybody who tells you otherwise is trying to separate you from your $600.

Also, many of RS's marketing claims are stretched beyond credibility. For example, ask a State Department employee which products they use to learn language. They do not use this. In fact, some government agencies have very good language programs that can be found for free on the internet or in libraries. Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach will give you better language skills than RS and in about 1/10th of the time.

Time effectiveness: low
Communication skill effectiveness: low
Price: high, high, high
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Hello Guillermo,

We completely agree that communicating with others is a major part of learning a new language, which is why we incorporated that directly into our Version 4 program. With Rosetta Studio sessions, you'll be able to review what you've been learning with up to 3 other Chinese (Mandarin) learners and a native speaker of Chinese (Mandarin). Keeping with our Dynamic Immersion methodology, the 50 minute live session will be completely in Chinese. Your Coach will guide you through several activities to help you review and use what you've already learned in a conversational setting.
You can also play language games with other Chinese (Mandarin) learners in Rosetta World. You can choose to speak with your fellow learners, or communicate with them by typing. There are also several activities and stories that you can play or read by yourself for extra language practice.
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Please save yourself the money and read these reviews. Even if you are planning on pirating Rosetta Stone, save yourself the time and use another language learning system for Mandarin. That's right: even if you receive this as a gift, the application is unfortunately not even worth the time.

From my own experience, I can truly say that I completely wasted my time and money with Rosetta Stone. After a YEAR of completing Levels 1 through 3 I felt hopeless--BUT I ran into some great advice: learn from audio tapes. With audio tapes, my speaking and listening ability improved DRASTICALLY in a month. Within 3 months of using audio tape materials I started DREAMING in Mandarin! So far I've used all of Pimsleur Mandarin 1-3, and I am currently studying from New Practical Chinese Reader and the Foreign Service Institute's "Standard Chinese". I hear from many people who have learned to speak FLUENT Mandarin that these are the best choices. Don't make the same mistake as I did!

I was about to give this a 2-star rating because the application is entertaining to use, but unfortunately that entertainment really didn't get me anywhere--or other people I have talked with. Also I thought, "but wait, this company LIES in its advertising just to make the product sound great. I'll definitely give this product a 1." If I could, I would rate RS Mandarin 0 stars because it truly deserves it. *sigh*

The good thing about Rosetta Stone: I studied a new version's levels 1 through 3. It took me a year, but I learned a lot of vocabulary. Actually, I forgot a lot of that vocabulary because Rosetta Stone did NOT improve my speaking OR listening ability. Since RS gave me few sentences to speak the vocabulary, I eventually forgot the vocab that didn't make it to my long term memory pool.
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Absolutely the worst Chinese language learning method I've come across, and I've tried countless. At the same time, it's the most expensive one as well which makes it even worse. I don't know why anyone would buy this, except for being lured in by their advertising, which is excellent. I don't know about Rosetta Stone's other language programs, but for Chinese it ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT WORK. You can learn something, but it won't be much, it won't be the essential stuff you really need, and it will take much longer than it needs to.

If you're going for the mainstream famous programs, Pimsleur is SOOO much better, you'll learn how to SPEAK (and it will be useful stuff for useful situations vs. saying stuff like this is a pen, these apples are green ,etc), and will get tons of practice at that. For more in depth and complete learning, I'd combine that with New Chinese Practical Reader (textbook + CD and/or DVD) and there you have everything you need.

By the way, I got Rosetta Stone for free. Had I paid for it, I can't imagine how fooled and furious I'd feel...

PS I need to note that not only does RS Mandarin doesn't work, but you might very easily end up learning something wrong. For example, until I learned (from other sources) that Chinese uses a huge number of different "measure words", thanks to RS I had learned those words as an integral part of nouns, so I "learned" that fish is tiao yu (instead of yu), dog is zhi gou instead of gou etc. I speak three different languages at native level, am naturally talented at learning languages, yet RS didn't do anything but confuse me. Also, the sound recognition feature (where you speak words into the mic) is a total scam to trick you into thinking you're doing well.
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