Rosetta Stone Level 1&2 Pack French (PC/Mac)[OLD VERSION]
- Up to 550 hours of instruction
- Over 8000 real-life images and phrases
- Illustrated user's guides
- Curriculum text books
- No translation
- No memorization
- No drills
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- Platform: Windows 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X, Mac
- Media: CD-ROM
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Learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.
We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency.
This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists or drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson, and there are automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with the native speaker to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older).
Top customer reviews
One danger of the course is that you may get slightly the wrong end of the stick when guessing what something means, but hopefully you'll have a eureka moment later when it pops up in a different context. I often can't help looking up what something means, but you aren't actually encouraged to do that.
For those who may be interested there is a demo on the Rosetta stone website which allows you to try a variety of the lessons before shelling out your hard earned. Also, their website allows you to "buy" access to the courses online for much less than it costs to buy the CDs.
The price seems to be aimed at people who assume that quality is proportional to price. This is woefully not the case.
Take it from a linguist of 5 fluent languages: buy a competent bilingual dictionary and a good grammar/exercise book/Audio CD combination. It will cost you a quarter of the price and teach you much more.
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I bought this program because I am married to a French Canadian and we never taught our kids to speak french. The last visit we had with her parents was the straw that broke the camels back for me, so I did a little research, saw that this program was used by NASA, the State Department and the Peace Corps and decided to go ahead and spend more on any one piece of software than I have ever spent before. I couldn't be happier!
I told the kids, (16 and 14) that I wasn't going to make them use it, it was up to them. Granted, they are probably a little more motivated than most, but the program is fun. I speak a little french, but it is always me translating everything in my head, this program works completely differently than any other that I have ever heard of. There is no english at all, and as you go through you find yourself not translating as much but just answering the questions. Other reviewers have done a better job than I ever will, but my 14 year old figured out the first lesson the first day, and he has never had any french at all. I cannot say enough about it, and if it is the price that is holding you back, all I can say is what is it worth to you to learn french, to learn it faster than you probably could otherwise and to have fun as you are doing it? For me it would be a bargain at twice the price.
I have been working on the French language for the past year and have tried many products. Assuming that many people who are looking at this product are just beginning to learn French, I will share my experiences and recommendations on various products.
There are two products that are fabulous for getting you started.
* French for Dummies
* Rosetta Stone French
Please note that these two products will not actually teach you to speak French, but they are an excellent introduction to the language. These products will get you ready for the real work which begins when you get face to face instruction with an experienced French language teacher.
I am completely convinced that the best way to learn French is in a classroom. I have found no other method that works for me. All other avenues can be useful additions, but classroom instruction is what it takes to make progress.
Notes on Products:
* French for Dummies. This is the most clear and accessible source for an overview and introduction to this strange and challenging language. I got this book after a couple of months of French lessons and the book provided a huge number of aha's. Things that were just a mystery to me where simply explained in this book. Highly recommended.
* Rosetta Stone French Level 1. This is an excellent acclimation to French. You can easily tune your ear to the sounds, pick up rudimentary vocabulary and learn basics of sentence structure. I still use it for practice drills and to check my pronunciation. (which is always a challenge)
* Movies. You may not know this, but many DVD's have multiple languages on the disk. You can rent DVD's, set the language to French and the subtitles to French and then learn the language. Start with movies with a simple dialogue. Something like Shrek, simple is good. Look on the back of the DVD case for a list of included languages.
* Tell me More French. Complete dog, never worked right on my computer. The concept is great, execution is awful.
* Pimsleur French Audio. Decent set of audio instruction. Useful for memorizing phrases and listening for pronunciation.
* Berlitz French CD Pack Audio. I didn't like this as well as the Pimsleur audio, but it's OK.
* Berlitz Virtual Classroom. Berlitz has a program where you work with a live person over the internet. You talk on a headset and share a whiteboard on your screen. It's OK for people who have a tough schedule and can't get to in person training but it is far inferior to a classroom setting.
* Berlitz Classroom Training. One-on-One and class room training. Quality is inconsistent, completely depends on which instructor you get. My experience was poor to medium. The best part of Berlitz is their printed material. The Berlitz verb, grammar, and phrase books are my favorite references.
* L'Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises de Paris (ILCF Paris). I did a one month course at ILCF in Paris. Six hours of French classes for one month. After struggling for months with books, tapes, programs, phone work etc. I finally got to learn French. My instructor was excellent. The class was intense and very very productive. I know many people will not be able to take a month off to go to Paris and learn French, but this is the ultimate in learning the language. There are dozens of school in Paris that teach French at all levels. ILCF is the only one that I have experience with.
My summary of how to learn French:
1. Spend several weeks with the Rosetta Stone French system and the French for Dummies book as an introduction.
2. Then enroll in a classroom for as many hours per week as you can manage. Use the Rosetta Stone material for supplement and maybe another tape set for more practice.
3. Watch lots of movies in French.
4. Schedule a visit to France and practice.
What you need to know:
You will pay a lot of money for this program, this is what you get: 1) An install/application disc which is the base program. This disc is the same disc that will come in all the Rosetta Stone programs. They are interchangeable. 2) You will get one CD that holds all the data for French One and Two. 3) You will get two workbooks, one for level I and the second for level II. Basically these workborks are a verbatum index of what is presented on the software. I would be surprised if you use them, in fact you can get better workbooks from your local bookstore for less than $15. Summary: You are getting one CD of data and two cheap workbooks for a good bit of money. THAT IS IT!
Finally, as the Fairfield lawyer explained to me, if you are not an authorized dealer, do not try to resell their software espicially on Ebay. If you don't like the software after you purchase the software, give it away or throw it away but don't sell it on Ebay. To do so would violate Fairfield's copyright. I learned the hard way when my Ebay item was removed.
Recommendation: 1) Shop around 2) Request a free demo CD from their website, know exactly what you are buying 3) Shop around again
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