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Rosetta Stone - Learn Spanish programRosetta Stone V4 TOTALe: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1

Platform:  Windows Vista / 2000 / XP, Mac OS X
Customer rating: 5 star customer rating in learning Spanish
Effectiveness in learning Spanish: 5 star effectiveness in learning Spanish
Media type: CD-Rom
Manufactured by: RosettaStone
Price: $206.10

Manufactures description:
Build a foundation of fundamental Spanish vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to begin to learn and speak Spanish. Master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more.

Product features and description:
Rosetta Stone V4 TOTALe Spanish teaches you the Spanish language using natural methods getting you to think in Spanish making learning Spanish incredibly easy. Intuitive methods help you start speaking Spanish words right from the beginning of the course. Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone is fun as you learn at your own pace. The software keeps track of your progress allowing you to return to sections where you might have difficulty. Rosetta Stone audio companion allows the Spanish learner to take Rosetta Stone anywhere: In the car, in the gym and anywhere on the go.

About RosettaStone:
Rosetta Stone is all about learning languages. They are the number 1 providers of technology-based language learning solutions. The companies teaching methods are based off natural learning, similar to how children learning their native language. Currently Rosetta Stone offers 31 language solutions which are used by educational institutions, armed forces, government agencies and corporations.

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Rosetta Stone V4 TOTALe: Spanish (Spain) Level 1

Rosetta Stone Review

If you are planning to buy Rosetta Stone
I had 2 years of high school German many years ago and now that I am retired I thought it might be fun to learn a new language to help keep my mind active. I picked Spanish because I never really used the German I learned and with Spanish TV and trips to Yuma I figured I might be able to use it. I did quite a bit of research to find a program I could really learn the language at home on my own schedule. This is the best program I found. The program teaches you how to understand, speak, read and write the language. It is done all in Spanish through pictures. You are shown a picture and you are expected to respond in Spanish. The voice recognition decides if you are speaking it correctly and does not continue until you do. It also asks you to type answers in Spanish to questions or pictures. It builds from single words to sentences and to groups of sentences. You can go back and redo lessons which I have many times but it also retests you at timed intervals based on the questions you missed. I have been working with it for 5 months now and really enjoy it.

Some things you should think about before you buy this expensive program. Learning a new language while fun is also very time consuming. The person taking the course needs to be motivated to continue because this isn't a 2 week course but a learning system and will take you a year working every day to become fluent enough to actually use the language.

If you are really committed to learning a language I'd suggest you buy all 3 levels at once. It is expensive but far cheaper that buying them one at a time. I bought the first level to see if I would like it and then ended up having to buy the other 2 levels separately. This gave me 3 sets of headphones. There is also an audio companion that comes with each level. I found it difficult to use and stopped after a couple of months. I may go back and try it after I have completed the levels.

What else do you need besides the course? Well, I would suggest a good Spanish/English dictionary. Sometimes it is hard to tell exactly what is shown in the picture. You can get Spanish children's books from the library and of course Spanish TV. This will help you with the sound and rhythm of the language. You can listen to popular Spanish songs. You've heard the phrase "Lost in translation." well the words that flow so well in one language probably won't in another. The rhymes of Dr Seuess work well in English and fall flat in Spanish and the lyrical Spanish songs sound clunky when translated. But don't let this stop you. The goal is to think in both languages. Once past level one I would suggest the book "Breaking out of Beginner's Spanish" by Joseph J. Keenan. It is not a language book but a book on the customs of Spanish countries. Using I when talking about yourself is common in English but considered self centered and arrogant in Spanish so it is dropped.

If you are considering Rosetta Stone for someone else or aren't really sure for yourself they offer a free lesson CD. Try that first.

Wonderful product
While my experience with the CD glued to the sleeve was the same as the other review, I found that denatured alcohol would remove the glue quite well. Rosetta really should look into this. Beyond this small problem I have found this product to be exactly as promised. It is the easiest, fastest, and in my experience the most successful method of learning a new language in the shortest amount of time. Rosetta conveys vast amounts of well thought out information in a manner that is really quite revolutionary to the field of language learning. By simply going thru the exercises your will develope the numerous skills required to know and use a new language. You are simultaneously learning the vocabulary and grammar as well as learning to hear and speak Spanish. All of this happens without the laborius and tedious study that is normally required in other methods of language study. By using repetition and the introduction of small amounts of new information in each new lesson you will learn how to think in Spanish rather than translating each word or phrase that you want to use. Let me add that the lessons are more useful and pertinent than any other lessons I have used. It is not "tourist language". In conclusion I would say that if you are willing to put in the time to do the exercises you will be able to speak Spanish with confidence in the shortest amount.

Rosetta Stone Spanish (level 1) with audio
I'm enjoying the Spanish lessons very much. I never thought that learning a language could be so easy. There is a level of repetition re-inforcement (to me) like; the same situations presented in various contexts so the learning never gets boring and one becomes familiar with the actual sounds through the headset-microphone. Similar things repeated in different ways is a great way to become familiar, both visually and through audio to a different set of circumstanses.

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