7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best value to really learn the language but will take some time,
This review is from: Rosetta Stone Italian Complete Course (PC/Mac) (CD-ROM)
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This set contains all 5 levels of the Italian course so is better value than buying them individually, although you need to be sure how far you want to go in terms of depth of language. In order to get by on holiday in Italy the first couple of levels are probably enough to understand and make yourself understood. Further levels are intended to make you more conversant and confident in the language.
How effective it will be in the longer term is difficult to say as it will take a while to get that far. I've tried several times to learn Italian through the normal phrase repetition methods and have been largely unsuccessful. The Rosetta Stone interface and methods are slick and well designed plus the speech recognition features are really helpful (a USB headset is included in the pack); it looks and feels professional right from the installation process.
It's hard to rate something that will take months to complete when you're still on Level 1 but I've enjoyed it so far and my pronunciation is far better (according to one of my colleagues). It's not cheap but quite good value and better than anything I've tried previously.