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Rosetta Stone V2: French Level 1-2 [OLD VERSION]
- This powerful 2-CD set of learning tools adapts to your personal needs and imparts a strong foundation in a new language
- With this award-winning method used by NASA and the Peace Corps, you'll learn the way children do -- by associating words and phrases with the world around you
- Participate in over 200 lessons where you'll interact with fluent French speakers to build speaking & vocabulary skills
- Get a full tutorial in speaking and syntax skills
- Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it to native speaker to help improve pronunciation
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Rosetta Stone French Level I & II opens up a new world to you by teaching you how to communicate with a new culture! Reviews and testing features help identify weak points and work harder on them Comes with illustrated User's Guides and Curriculum Text books Ages 6 & up
Looking for an effective way to get lasting language skills? Rosetta Stone's unique learning approach is designed to get you there, with faster results and a deeper understanding and mastery of the language. With Rosetta Stone, you will learn French the way you learned your own native language, without translation or memorization. Develop your skills in four key areas...
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Listening. View larger. Native speakers, real-life images, speech recognition and fully interactive software teach you like you learned your first language -- naturally. The Rosetta Stone French Level 1 and 2 set combines the content found in Level 1 and Level 2 to take you from no knowledge of the language to advanced proficiency -- in one easy purchase.
Rosetta Stone is self-contained and intuitive to use. There are no complicated lists to memorize or handbooks to read. With Dynamic Immersion, you can start learning immediately. Join NASA, Fortune 500 executives, U.S. diplomats and millions of learners worldwide in discovering the fastest way to learn French.
And what exactly is Dynamic Immersion? Studies show that learning exclusively in the new language -- without translation as a crutch -- is crucial if you want to communicate. Grammar drills and rote memorization never develop this skill. Dynamic Immersion helps you think in the new language and quickly develops the language skills and structures you need to for everyday communication. Rosetta Stone teaches French through a step-by-step sequence of carefully structured Dynamic Immersion lessons. New words become associated with familiar objects, actions, and ideas. Words build to phrases and sentences in a systematic progression.
The Dynamic Immersion method reconnects people to the language skills they used successfully to master their first language. With Rosetta Stone, you start from a position of strength -- your own strength. First, Rosetta Stone allows you to learn through context. The software presents a carefully chosen selection of four images and asks you to select the image that matches the written text and the voices of native speakers. Building on the knowledge you've already gained and your intuitive grasp of the meaning of each picture, you make a choice. There's absolutely no translation or memorization to hold you back, so you start making progress immediately.
Next, Rosetta Stone offers immediate reinforcement. The very second you complete a task, the software provides feedback. Speak a word and our unique voiceprint technology automatically rates your pronunciation. Connect an image with a phrase and you'll immediately learn if your choice was correct. Complete a set of exercises and you'll instantly know how well you did. With Rosetta Stone, you always know where you stand. Recognizing that dynamic immersion is a continuous process, Rosetta Stone also employs a systematic sequence that gradually incorporates new words, phrases, and more complex grammar as it reinforces existing learning. As a result, your understanding of your new language grows naturally.
Levels 1 and 2 includes more than 8,000 real-life images and phrases in 210 lessons, as well and an average of 450 hours of instruction depending on your learning style. Rosetta Stone also incorporates a balanced curriculum including listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as speech recognition for accent perfection. The program's systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills, and there are previews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials.
Rosetta Stone's lessons will quickly get you up to speed on a wide range of language topics, including directions; affirmative and negative verb forms; food, eating, and drinking; family relationships; direct objects; telling time; shapes, colors and locations; greetings and conversations; travel, transportation, and transactions; shopping and dining; and much, much more.
- Language : French
- Package Dimensions : 9.76 x 8.19 x 2.76 inches; 1.8 Pounds
- Item model number : 224-12
- Date First Available : October 14, 2002
- Manufacturer : Fairfield Language Technologies
- ASIN : B000077DD2
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,249 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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JUST AFTER I BOUGHT IT, I STOPPED AT THEIR KIOSK AT WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT ONE DAY AND TOLD THE SALESMAN THAT....HE SAID, "OH THAT'S IN THE LEVEL THREE. YOU HAVE LEVELS 1-2."
IT'S A RIPOFF. I AM LEARNING GERMAN AND DOING VERY WELL AFTER ONE YEAR BY USING duolingo.com IT IS FREE AND VERY EFFECTIVE. DO NOT BUY ROSETTA STONE, PERIOD!
I have been working on the French language for the past year and have tried many products. Assuming that many people who are looking at this product are just beginning to learn French, I will share my experiences and recommendations on various products.
There are two products that are fabulous for getting you started.
* French for Dummies
* Rosetta Stone French
Please note that these two products will not actually teach you to speak French, but they are an excellent introduction to the language. These products will get you ready for the real work which begins when you get face to face instruction with an experienced French language teacher.
I am completely convinced that the best way to learn French is in a classroom. I have found no other method that works for me. All other avenues can be useful additions, but classroom instruction is what it takes to make progress.
Notes on Products:
* French for Dummies. This is the most clear and accessible source for an overview and introduction to this strange and challenging language. I got this book after a couple of months of French lessons and the book provided a huge number of aha's. Things that were just a mystery to me where simply explained in this book. Highly recommended.
* Rosetta Stone French Level 1. This is an excellent acclimation to French. You can easily tune your ear to the sounds, pick up rudimentary vocabulary and learn basics of sentence structure. I still use it for practice drills and to check my pronunciation. (which is always a challenge)
* Movies. You may not know this, but many DVD's have multiple languages on the disk. You can rent DVD's, set the language to French and the subtitles to French and then learn the language. Start with movies with a simple dialogue. Something like Shrek, simple is good. Look on the back of the DVD case for a list of included languages.
* Tell me More French. Complete dog, never worked right on my computer. The concept is great, execution is awful.
* Pimsleur French Audio. Decent set of audio instruction. Useful for memorizing phrases and listening for pronunciation.
* Berlitz French CD Pack Audio. I didn't like this as well as the Pimsleur audio, but it's OK.
* Berlitz Virtual Classroom. Berlitz has a program where you work with a live person over the internet. You talk on a headset and share a whiteboard on your screen. It's OK for people who have a tough schedule and can't get to in person training but it is far inferior to a classroom setting.
* Berlitz Classroom Training. One-on-One and class room training. Quality is inconsistent, completely depends on which instructor you get. My experience was poor to medium. The best part of Berlitz is their printed material. The Berlitz verb, grammar, and phrase books are my favorite references.
* L'Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises de Paris (ILCF Paris). I did a one month course at ILCF in Paris. Six hours of French classes for one month. After struggling for months with books, tapes, programs, phone work etc. I finally got to learn French. My instructor was excellent. The class was intense and very very productive. I know many people will not be able to take a month off to go to Paris and learn French, but this is the ultimate in learning the language. There are dozens of school in Paris that teach French at all levels. ILCF is the only one that I have experience with.
My summary of how to learn French:
1. Spend several weeks with the Rosetta Stone French system and the French for Dummies book as an introduction.
2. Then enroll in a classroom for as many hours per week as you can manage. Use the Rosetta Stone material for supplement and maybe another tape set for more practice.
3. Watch lots of movies in French.
4. Schedule a visit to France and practice.
What you need to know:
You will pay a lot of money for this program, this is what you get: 1) An install/application disc which is the base program. This disc is the same disc that will come in all the Rosetta Stone programs. They are interchangeable. 2) You will get one CD that holds all the data for French One and Two. 3) You will get two workbooks, one for level I and the second for level II. Basically these workborks are a verbatum index of what is presented on the software. I would be surprised if you use them, in fact you can get better workbooks from your local bookstore for less than $15. Summary: You are getting one CD of data and two cheap workbooks for a good bit of money. THAT IS IT!
Finally, as the Fairfield lawyer explained to me, if you are not an authorized dealer, do not try to resell their software espicially on Ebay. If you don't like the software after you purchase the software, give it away or throw it away but don't sell it on Ebay. To do so would violate Fairfield's copyright. I learned the hard way when my Ebay item was removed.
Recommendation: 1) Shop around 2) Request a free demo CD from their website, know exactly what you are buying 3) Shop around again
These observations apply to the Rosetta Stone series. They are very good for teaching (relatively painlessly) basic vocabulary and the elementary working of a language. They don't go much beyond that. If you want to teach yourself how to manipulate a language and to produce responses automatically, the Foreign Service Institute courses, although a bit tedious, are far superior.