Rosetta Stone V3: French Level 1-3 Set with Audio Companion [OLD VERSION]
- 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
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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The way rosetta stone works is incredible it doesn't make you learn by translation and is immensely interactive. The level set-up is that its broken down into 4 units, and each unit has 4 core lessons(about 30 min each) with additional basic lessons in-between (usually about 5 or more each) and they are either set as reading, listening, speaking or writing. But it is all connected visually. The software again is very interactive.
For the price of the content and what you get for it is great. Some may be skeptical about it, i was at first, but the pay back will be that by the time you finish with either lessons 1-3 or 1-5 you will be able to easily interact, communicate and quickly be able to immerse yourself in the culture who's language you've learned.
Sample: The speaking parts will show you say a dog and will pronounce "chien" at which point it will prompt you to say the word using the headset your provided and by how you pronounce it it will respond effectively whether you spoke it correctly. Even better if your having difficulty saying "jaune" = "yellow" their is a tab that when used will compare your speaking of the word with the 'author' and will show whether your pitch or pronunciation is off.
The only comment i would say is that each lesson should have a library of words that you can go through and practice with at improving your accent and pronunciation.
I am at this moment back at school and i could not imagine sitting in a classroom with 20 other people trying to learn another language. The plus side is you'd have people to practice with but for the time and cost your getting a much better deal just buying Rosetta. i paid 485 instead of 560 from rosetta and am already comfortable and confident with my french.
One of the perks about it is if you have a family or spouse who also wants to learn it allows several users on the program ( you can only have it on one computer unless you buy several levels and install them separately.
Overall if your looking at learning a new language this is the software for you. Try the demo version if you like but for costs sake it is worth the investment. I would be completely dumbfounded if i were to have this on my resume and they would be critical cause i didn't learn it in school given that the government, fortune 500 companies and international organizations use it as their method of learning a new language.
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. Some people, however, are quite successful right out the gate and keep going on their own. No need for a trainer, no need for hand holding or compliments. They just do it.
Are you the type of person who will feel stressed (demotivation) by not having the rules of grammar explained to you while you learn a new language? If yes you won't like Rosetta. Try Pimsleur or Fluenz. Or are you the type of person who welcomes the challenge (motivation) of figuring out the rules of grammar on your own by using your own observations? Then you'll like Rosetta.
I am not one of those people who can stay motivated to do an extremely difficult task if I feel stressed out right at the beginning. I have visited multiple countries and what I experienced only affirms my dislike of the Rosetta approach. While in South Korea, Thailand, China or Iraq, I found that people assumed I did not know the local language so they either spoke slower or tried to mix English in with their native tongue. Much less stressful albeit slower way to learn.
In Brazil there is no single ethnic group. People assumed I spoke Portuguese. It was the most difficult time I ever had in another country. I'm not saying I shouldn't learn the local language - no way. Just that when you're learning, at least for some people, they need things to go a little slower and with a bit more assistance in order to be motivated to keep learning the language.
Rosetta's license is most restrictive that I have ever encountered. And they enforce their license. Some users claim that other companies have the same license rules. That might be true, but they don't enforce those rules like Rosetta. If you buy Rosetta on Amazon you are subject to Amazon's refund policies, not Rosetta's. Amazon doesn't give full refunds on opened software. And after 30 days you're probably out of luck for any kind of refund. You cannot get Rosetta's 6 month money back guarantee here. You only get it if you buy it direct from them at a higher price.
The software can be used on only one computer. No, you cannot use it on a laptop while you're away from your desktop. The software license requires that you register online in order to access all the exercises. Once you do this the software is then tied specifically to that computer. It cannot be registered on another computer. This means you cannot resell it _anywhere_. Rosetta customer service told me that they would consider the needs of customers on a case-by-case basis should someone upgrade their system and get rid of their old machine. In other words, there's a tiny sliver of flexibility here. But it ain't much.
You simply must know what style of language learning you prefer before purchasing this very expensive piece of software. Some people, like me, are going to hate it. Others who like total immersion love it. Know what kind of user you are.
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