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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Way To Learn a New Language, 3 May 2014
Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rosetta Stone Italian Level 1 (PC/Mac) (CD-ROM)
I have used a Rosetta Stone course before and on that occasion found it very useful in polishing up, and adding to my vocabulary for a language that I had studied many years earlier. I was very impressed at that time. Hence I was interested to try to get the basics of a language of which I had no prior knowledge to see if it worked equally well.

The use of Italian words accompanied by pictures means that you are thinking in the language more or less from the word go. The voice recognition aspect of the software is clever, and makes you go over words and phrases which you are mispronouncing until you get it right. I think that, most importantly, the way in which the course is presented makes learning fun and I found myself progressing through the units much more quickly than I was expecting.

The Rosetta Stone system of learning languages is very highly rated by teachers and other professionals. Many schools consider that investing in expensive RS software licenses is worthwhile which very much speaks for itself. Once you have started to use the software it is very easy to understand why it is rated so highly as it is an extremely effective way of learning. You find yourself adding to your vocabulary very quickly and grammar, writing and pronunciation proceed at a similar pace.

There are some aspects that would be purchasers should be aware of however. This course comes with a 3 month access to the online aspects which include live tutorials with French native speakers, and various community activities with games etc to improve your skills. You have to commence your inclusive three months within six months of purchase. Should you wish to extend this beyond the inclusive three months, it will cost an additional fee per three month additional segment according to RS customer services. If enthused after having gone through Level 1, you wish to get hold of Levels 2-5, the official policy is that you have to buy the Level 1-5 package and receive no credit for having already purchased Level 1. However, although it is by no means guaranteed, apparently if you ring Rosetta Stone customer services they may well be able to help out.

As a final point, what you are purchasing is a personal license from Rosetta Stone, and you cannot legally sell this on - hence you are not legally going to be able to recover some of the cost on the second hand market when you have completed the course and given that this is quite a big up front investment, this is a point worth noting.
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Rosetta Stone Italian Level 1 (PC/Mac)
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