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Rosetta Stone Level 1 Arabic (PC/Mac)

by Rosetta Stone
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95, Mac, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Up to 250 hours of instruction
  • Over 3500 real-life images and phrases
  • Illustrated user's guide
  • Curriculum text book
  • No translation
  • No memorization
  • No drills
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  • Platform:      Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95, Mac, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005APYM
  • Release Date: 18 Jun 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,925 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as helpful as I thought 18 Nov 2010
By Arabice
I bought this a few years ago when I first started learning Arabic. I did not find this software useful at the beginning because I felt it lacked a proper structure. When you learn languages at school it starts you off at the basics with my name is, I am x years old, then goes on to teach you more complicated things. However with this particular software I found I knew how to say the cat was standing next to the car but couldn't tell anyone what my name was!

Definately recommended as software to build on your vocabulary rather than starting from the beginning. I did like the voice recognition software and the word / picture associations as it covers a variety of learning styles.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It can be done! 7 Dec 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Tell most souls spawn from an academic mileu that you want to learn Arabic on your own and you'll get a wry smile and a patronizing mental-pat on the head. Ignore the nay-sayers! As the above reviewer mentioned, this program is a vital tool for Arabic self-study. Along with it, I recommend purchasing "Alif Baa" along with the Cd's to learn the script. Also pick up Wehr's dictionary along with the 'Oxford English to Arabic' dictionary. Around lesson 4.05 of the Rosetta program, you've reached the point where you're ready for some supplementary material. So far, your approach to the language has been passive, and if you have a desire to write in the language, as well as understand long strands of verbal narrative, you'll need more material. I recommend Vol. 1-2 of Al-Kitaab [the 'red' book] along with the accompanying Cd's. Also, if you have a thirst for grammer and more traditional structure, try "Elementary Modern Standard Arabic" [the orange book] Vols. 1-2. You can also purchase a marvelous software program entitled "Emsa Companion" that is critical for those covering the material on their own [see creativeworks.byu.edu/HRC/arabic.html]. Learning a colloquial dialect can also be fun--and critical if you need to find a toilet while touring the Middle East. Try 'Levantine Arabic for Non-natives' (see the reviews before buying.) There's so much more, but I grow weary of the keyboard. Master this material and you'll be well on your way. It may sound expensive, but it's far cheaper than a couple of semester of school. Adieu
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Program 27 Feb 2005
By Hairy Otter - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased Rosetta Stone Personal Edition Arabic 1 and 2. The first few lessons of the program will get you used to the sound of Arabic and teach you some grammatical constructions and vocabulary.

To get the most out of the program, however, you really need to be able to read the script. You will need a human or a book to teach you this skill. One of the reviewers is correct in recommending "Alif Baa" with CDs to learn the sound and shape of each letter of Arabic script. I receive private Arabic lessons from the Defense Language Institute, and I learned to read the Arabic alphabet with "Alif Baa." We also use the Wehr and Oxford dictionaries.

My Rosetta Stone program is now very useful to me and is helping me develop good sentence structure and learn vocabulary naturally. My instructor is a native speaker and compliments the sentence structure and native accents.

This is truly the Cadillac of Arabic language learning programs but a bit overpriced. Buy it used from E-Bay and Amazon for a big savings. You can also buy it directly from the company during December for a fairer price.

You won't learn much conversational Arabic from Rosetta Stone. Pimsleur's Egyptian Arabic (used widely in movies) or Eastern Arabic learning tapes and CDs will do a great job (without books) at teaching you a dialect for speaking on the street but won't teach you how to converse in Modern Standard Arabic, the formal language used in the Rosetta Stone program, books, newspapers, and television news.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to other study materials! 13 Nov 2003
By J. Josephson - Published on Amazon.com
I've just started to learn Arabic in August of this year and have done a lot of looking around for materials to help me. I've read all the reviews on the Rosetta Stone software and have begun using this product. My opinion:
This is a fun tool to help you acquire vocabulary, practice pronunciation, and see how the language works. Some people don't like the fact that there are no English translations anywhere, but I actually enjoy the total immersion because it becomes a puzzle for me to figure out. It keeps me studying longer than if I was just looking at a bunch of flash cards. And since there aren't many Arabic speakers in my neck of the woods, the speech recognition part is indispensible.
Yes, sometimes it's hard to tell exactly what meaning the picture is conveying. That's when I pull out a dictionary and look the word up to confirm my guess as to the meaning. And it's not going to teach you phrases you need for travel, either. I have a pocket phrasebook and a Pimsleur CD for that.
Also, I wouldn't recommend that a rank beginner start right off the bat with this. First learn the alphabet and how the script works, because this won't teach you those things. But once you get a little feel for those things, then this would be a fun addition to your program.
No book or tape or software product can ever replace talking with native speakers, but for those of us who can't get to native speakers, this is a darn good 2nd choice.
Highly recommended so long as you understand that it is one of several tools to use to learn the language.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Program - With Limitations 18 Mar 2005
By zift - Published on Amazon.com
The Good: Rosetta Stone is a very user-friendly, low-stress program that will teach you a lot of Arabic vocabularly over time. The format is very simple (a good and bad point)- You get four pictures on the screen and either a written or spoken phrase beneath. Match the phrase to the picture and you're on the way. Very good for association and vocabularly drilling, and pretty easy to use, so you can play with it throughout the day without having to devote a lot of time to "studying." Also, you would be surprised at how creative they can get with the "match the picture" format; all kinds of situations you wouldn't think possible.

The Bad: First, the price. This would be a great $70 program, but the $170 tag is really pushing the envelope. Also, although this program is sold everywhere, the company seems to be pretty rigid on the price- always advertised as $195 but offered for some type of discount at $170. On the other hand, there are a lot of lessons in the program and they go pretty far into the language, so unless you are sure you are going to stick with it, this is a big investment to make and then give up after a few weeks.

Next, this program cannot stand alone, especially in Arabic. For one thing, it does not teach Arabic script, you need that before you start (see Awde's book on the Arabic Alphabet as the best choice for that). Second, it does not teach grammar, just word association, and you should be aware that Rosetta Stone uses the exact same lessons for every language, they are not tailored to the pecularities of Arabic. You absolutely need an Arabic textbook to accompany this, or by lesson 4 you will be lost (Smart's Teach Yourself Arabic is the simplest and cheapest). Last, the voices used (unless they've changed them recently) are very strange. Some of the other languages are good, but the Arabic speakers sound like greeters at Disney World. If you've been to the Middle East, you will recognize how silly they sound.

Bottom Line - if the price doesn't bother you and you use it to supplement existing Arabic study, this is a great program for drilling and vocabulary building.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The addition of the curriculum text manual is great! 10 Dec 2003
By Richard Arant - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the Arabic Level 1 edition soon after using the "Explorer" version. To my great relief, Level 1 includes a 200 page text which provides all the written Arabic screen prompts used throughout the program, in two formats no less, modern standard without the short vowels as well as fully-vowelled. This really beats trying to copy down everything by hand for study notes. As the lack of this text was the only shortcoming I found with Explorer, I am now a very happy camper. The other reviewer comments on Level 1 are right on the money as far as I am concerned.
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