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Rosetta Stone, French, Version 4, TOTALe, Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Mac/PC)[OLD VERSION]

by Rosetta Stone
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Important Information Before You Purchase

    This Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe product has customer support and customer mentoring provided in English only and has been tested technically for use in the United Kingdom.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5: The complete set will take you from beginner level to advanced level and enable you to fully express your ideas and opinions. You will confidently master the conversational skills required to plan adventures, care for your health and even move abroad.

What Will I Learn

In Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 packages you develop a true command of your new language. You’ll learn to express yourself more completely as you ultimately engage in social, political, cultural, and economic discussions or deal with sudden schedule changes. Build your vocabulary and language abilities, spell and write accurately, read and understand your new language, share ideas and opinions in your new language, express feelings and talk about everyday life. Perfect for someone who wants to live or work in the country.
Sample topics include:
  • Age, family relations, household items
  • Questions, greetings, introductions
  • Telling time, calendar terms, the weather
  • Directions, locations, dining out
  • Emotions, opinions, ideas
  • Political, media, business terms
  • Arranging home repairs
  • Planning to move abroad
  • Discussing the arts and tourism
  • Careers and conducting interviews
  • Problem-solving and commercial transactions

What Do I Get?

Interactive Software with Rosetta COURSe

Our award-winning software, complete with state-of-the-art speech-recognition technology, teaches you to speak, read, write and think in your chosen language.

Audio Companion

For your iPod, MP3 or CD player so you can review your language on the go.

Headset with Microphone

For use with our state-of-the-art speech-recognition software.

Live Online Lessons with Rosetta STUDIo*NEW

Schedule and take part in online practice sessions led by native speakers.

Games and Community with Rosetta WORLd*NEW

Practise your language skills by playing games and participating in enjoyable activities online in an exclusive Rosetta Stone language learning community.

TOTALe Companion*NEW

Reinforce your language skills and take advantage of learning applications for your mobile devices. Tablet users can also make use of TOTALe Course HD and take Rosetta STUDIo lessons on the go with TOTALe Studio HD.

Our Method

Our Method

The Rosetta Stone language learning solution teaches new language in the same way you learnt your first. You’ll learn naturally by connecting words, images, and sounds to their meanings without translation. Available in over 20 languages, Rosetta Stone has been adopted by FTSE companies, UK government organisations, the UN, and over 15,000 educational institutions.

Learn Naturally: Discover how to speak, read, write, and understand all without translating or memorising. Our award-winning solution recreates how you learnt your first language, unlocking your natural abilities.

Speak Confidently: Perfect your pronunciation with our speech-recognition technology. Gain confidence as you practise in online sessions tutored by native speakers and with other learners in our online community.

Immerse Yourself: Be surrounded by language right from the very first lesson. Every aspect of our solution gets you engaged, from core lessons to online sessions that activate your new language.

Stay Motivated: Experience accomplishment with each milestone you reach. You’ll have fun in interactive games with other learners, and our dedicated success team will help you keep sight of your goals.

Your Natural Ability. Awakened.

Natural Discovery

Learning your first language is as natural as smiling. Effortless. Rewarding. Every step in Rosetta Stone feels like that. Clear, compelling images appear precisely, in juxtaposition, conveying meaning. Intuitively, you just know what it means.

  • Our puzzle-like environments--a systematic presentation of sounds, images, and text--help learners absorb meaning intuitively.
Natural Discovery
Rosetta Stone's award-winning software, where you will interact by speaking, clicking, selecting phrases and writing.
Speech Activation
Speech Activation
Rosetta Stone's state-of-the-art speech-recognition technology provides immediate and ongoing feedback.

Build your confidence and improve your pronunciation with our state-of-the-art speech-recognition technology and real-life conversational scenarios.

  • You’ll be able to compare your pronunciation with native-speaking tutors, helping you to improve your verbal skills.
  • Based on a collection of literally millions of speech samples, our state-of-the-art speech-recognition algorithms and speech models were engineered with a singular purpose--to help you communicate with accuracy, confidence and ease.
Native Socialization
Native Socialization
Language-learning games will keep you motivated along the way.

Practise with native speakers in our live interactive sessions and our online community. Every conversation gives you confidence.

  • For many, traditional language-learning fails because it lacks real conversation. Real conversation is the key to success with the Rosetta Stone language-learning solution.
  • This is why we give you the chance to play games, participate in activities, and chat with native speakers and other learners in our online language community. From day one, you’ll be speaking your new language with confidence and ease.
*Free 3 months online access included only. Must be at least 13 years of age to access these features. Age restriction does not apply to TOTALe Companion

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a method I can't fault. 29 Jun 2011
I am incredibly fussy about the way I am taught, but I am finding Rosetta Stone to be PERFECT for me. I started with only a handful of random words in my vocabulary that I remember from lower high school. I feel that I've learnt loads in a short space of time, and I find it difficult to quit the program. I just love it.

If you are put off by the price of this product (as I was for a while before taking the 'plunge'), bear in mind that you are paying for a quality product. Having used it myself, I now feel that the price is entirely justified. In my opinion, the program is fun, easy to use, and very very clever.

The only TOTALe feature I have used so far is Rosetta World, which enables you to play games with other learners. There seems to be a shortage of potential partners on there, and the selection of solo games is very small and they are, quite simply, much less fun than playing with another person. When I did find a partner, we played the game and communicated with each other only in French, just as intended, and I found it to be a very fun and challenging experience.
I have two sessions booked for today with native speakers, and although I probably should have waited until after one of them to write this, I'm confident that they will be a nice supplement to my language course. I am conscious, however, that after my free 3 months is over, I will have to pay extra to retain the TOTALe features.

I highly recommend this product if it is within your budget, and I will definitely be purchasing more Rosetta Stone products in the future.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good with flaws 10 May 2012
Okay, so I have seen the 5 star reviews on this, and the many people who are praising Rosetta Stone. And I agree to a certain extent. This IS one of the best ways to start to learn french. I'll start with all of the advantages. Firstly, when I got this I was very excited as I studied french in high school but was terrible and really lost interest in it, and so never really tried very hard. However, Rosetta Stone makes learning fun - not in a way that you will be wanting to do French constantly or even in a way that you will be doing fun activites, it just makes you more confident in your own ability. After a few weeks of learning, you do start to feel really proud of yourself and of how much you have learnt and that you can now already say a few sentences and know a decent amount of words. After many months of learning it continues to add to your vocabulary and advance your french speaking ability. So, in a way this is a really excellent way of learning french, and it does keep you interested for a good amount of time. They even do stories for you to read after every chapter you complete in which you can have read out loud to you - and what I would do was to translate these stories into English, because this helped me learn new words. You work through it like a book, going from one chapter to the next, with small activities in between, gradually building in new words and a bit of basic grammar.

Yes, Rosetta Stone is a very good way of BEGINNING french, however, one of the biggest flaws with it, is that it DOES NOT tell you what ANY of the words mean. This means, eventually, when you get into reading sentences it DOES NOT translate words for you and tell you the french to english translation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Rosetta Stone French

I have spent so much money enrolling on French courses and because of work having to miss half of them and getting nowhere.

The nature of my business is that I have to deal with many European suppliers and feel very humble when they take the time to speak my language and I know little or nothing of theirs.

Rosetta Stone comes to the rescue ! It is an interactive way of learning a language and you can seek the help of native speakers via a web link. This works very well and is great for people on the move like me. The Rosetta system is easy and logical to use and really does work as it teaches French as the French speak it rather than someone in a classroom chanting words at you. It is very interactive and analyses and helps you improve your speech.

The system consists of 5 courses starting with the basic school boy French and developing into full spoken French as the French speak it. This is the most helpful aspect as it teaches you listen skills as well so that you don't have to do a mental translation each time you hear words or ask the speak to slow down.

It is slot of money but you get a lot for it but you still have to do a great deal of work to progress on. Where this system scores is in its portability, take it with you on your laptop and you can learn anytime anywhere. It works for people like me who cannot attend regular classes etc.

All in all an excellent way of learning with lots of help and it is especially suited to the busy person who has a hectic life but wants to learn fast and accurately.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great for people with busy lives! 30 Nov 2012
Great product, set up quickly and enjoying learning - look forward to doing a 30 mins an evening! For me, it is proving to be worth the money for the discs. However, i do find it very annoying that you pay so much for the product, and only get 3 months free online use then the company ask for MORE money to use this online service. Wasn't impressed with that!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE if you need customer support on these programmes.
MY problem With TOTALe version 4 in French an Spanish is that I cannot get any technical help when I have contacted support, I am not able to phone outside the UK, and cannot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by W M T FARNHAM
2.0 out of 5 stars Review after near completion
This is a poor product that has been marketed very well.

The key to effectively evaluating the product and indeed all previous reviews of the product is to wait and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lawrence Binitie
4.0 out of 5 stars Languages.
Needed to obtain a method of learning French, this was so easly to order, well priced and easy to use. We shall purchase Spanish then perhaps Italian later.
Published 16 months ago by Sandra Montgomerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning French
I really like this product as it teaches with pictures instead of just words. My only improvement would be to be able to pause the program to formulate a response as it is just to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael D
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres Bon!
I am trying very hard to acquire a language and this method of learning is working for me. Hearing, speaking and writing are all addressed in short exercises. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
Like everyone who buys this, I have been eager to improve my O' level french for years. This has the distinct advantage of maintaining your interest and providing an impetus to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know
With perseverance it is very good and easy way to learn a little French. It is crisp and clear to understand and I think that it is the best way to learn a foreign language
Published 20 months ago by Pamela Riches
1.0 out of 5 stars Just doesn't work, unless you want to remember a few bits of fruit
I bought this product with high hopes. I even purchased the additional levels. The problem is, it just doesn't work. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Charalambous
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is most definitely the best language software I've used. However, it is certainly the most expensive. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. G. R. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant method
Very easy to follow and engaging. The headset is brilliant.

With this method I want to learn as it doesn't feel tedious. Read more
Published 22 months ago by mish
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