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

by Rosetta Stone
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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    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.

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  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B000X9ZHG0
  • Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,969 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me learning and having fun too 3 Sept. 2011
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Well, it's an interesting program that is for sure. Initially a little frustrating as it doesn't tell you the English version of what you're learning, however, a little revisiting of lessons and slowly the ideas of how the language works seems to make sense. All this means you're massively exposed and re-exposed to the language, so even if you don't think you're learning, you are. I find Japanese sentences running through my brain when I'm going to sleep and by the next lesson I'm so familiar with these phrases that I can't help but remember parts of them. It is also addictive. I actually enjoy this software and I have never really enjoyed learning languages in the past. I don't think this is the be all and end all, but as an introduction to implant a lot of japanese into your head it is definitely working. In the future I will have to top up with more conventional methods, but I imagine that that process will be much more pleasant and fast than those dry lessons in school as I already have so many semi-understood phrases jumping around my head. In terms of listening I can recognize a hell of a lot of sentences after a fairly short time using this, this makes the future prospect of going to Japan much more exciting as I will be picking up on conversation fragments all over the place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective, but flawed. 3 Jan. 2013
By thom
Rosetta Stone offers the user the chance to learn languages intuitively and instinctively. It's an easy and fun program to use. I do feel like it helped me improve my Japanese, especially my listening ability. There are, however, some major issues.
Firstly, the program does not offer direct translations along the way. This might not be a problem when learning a European language, but in the case of learning Japanese, where the structure of a sentence is so radically different, it can be confusing as RS offers hardly any clue to some differences in language that would be tough to work out through intuition alone. For instance, in Japanese there are two different words, 'imasu' and 'arimasu', used in a sentence to refer to things that are living and non-living respectively. The only way I managed to work out how to do the exercise in question was by googling the answer. I probably could have worked out how to complete it, but not with total confidence as to what the words really meant.
Another issue is the writing section. I'm sure it'd be fine for languages based in the roman alphabet, but it's not at all effective for learning Japanese characters. The user is expected to enter their answer only phonetically, and while it's no doubt difficult to enter Japanese characters via a keyboard, I do think the developers were somewhat lazy in not devising a different/better system for learning other alphabets.
Finally, the price: way too expensive. I'll leave it at that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent language learning programme 14 Aug. 2012
By pacem et amorem VINE VOICE
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Whilst this loses one star due to some initial problems installing (had to resort to Rosetta Stone website for help - and I'm tech minded!) the software and language learning system is fantastic. Total immersion is the key to Rosetta Stone and whilst a little strange to begin with, once used to it you will be learning the given language in no time. Japanese is like no other language I have ever tried to master, all others being European based. I approached this, therefore, with trepidation and fully expecting to find it too difficult as this is what I found with another Japanese language learning audio course. The difference with Rosetta Stone is that you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the language and you are monitored in your performance when speaking it.
Brilliant ... just wish I could afford to expand my Rosetta Stone collection to include other languages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy if you're serious about learning 6 Jan. 2013
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Clearly this product is very expensive, some may argue it's pointless spending such amounts of money on a piece of software when one could get a learning book/CD or other software for a fraction of the cost, but when you understand what Rosetta Stone offers, you'll realise it's actually worth the money.

How Rosetta Stone works is by teaching you as you would have when growing up, when your brought up in this world you know no language until of course you start linking words with items/objects etc.. and this is exactly how this works, it doesn't tell you anything in English which can seem daunting, however with the learning style it uses, makes it a more natural way of learning.

It's also done in cores so you can start back from where you left-off, or go back and redo a certain section (which is great if you want to refresh your memory).

I normally struggle very badly when it comes to learning new things, but with this software I'm able to do much better than any book other learning book I've tried to use in the past. That's not to say I haven't struggled at points, because I have, it's just I've had less issues with this software.

That said, you need to be motivated to learn a new language and set time aside and stick to a routine if you wish for this to work successfully as well as making this software worth the money, if not you wont pick it up as fast and it will be a big waste of money.

Personally I would recommend this software, however I would suggest having a good think about it and decide whether your willing to put the time & effort in before you purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very steep learning curve not made easy!
Learning Japanese was never going to be easy and it's a mistake to try and sell it as anything else. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Smith
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The Rosetta Stone method is nothing to argue about, quite good if you are disciplined. The functionality and connectivity is also good. Read more
Published on 18 Nov. 2012 by MWD
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I don't really know how to tell how great I have found this to be. It's so thorough, easy to use and well presented. Read more
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 by Russtafarian
4.0 out of 5 stars For full immersion
Quite a complicated product to instal and of course expensive. The initial lessons are flash cards with words and phrases. Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2012 by Julie Cutler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good software, limited wetware!
I've actually tried learning a bit of Japanese before (without much success) using another brand of software but figured I'd give Rosetta Stone a go as it seemed to be a much more... Read more
Published on 21 Aug. 2012 by Bathory0303
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