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Rosetta Stone French Level 1, 2 & 3 Set with Audio Companion

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Rosetta Stone Personal Edition contains everything you need to give the voice inside of you a new language. The method used recreates the natural way you learned your first language, revealing skills that you already have. This approach has won numerous … see full wiki

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Next best thing to human beings

  • Jul 24, 2008
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Language is essentially a human thing, and it's always going to be better to have humans to converse with. If you don't have that option, Rosetta Stone is an excellent second choice.

The main activity is on your computer. You are presented with photos -- and they are very nice, with multicultural groups of people having all kinds of fun, and beautiful pictures of objects and animals -- and then you read and listen, click, and speak or type in response.

Each of the 16 lessons in each level contains a Core Lesson which presents vocabulary and sentence patterns in a logical sequence. You hear native speakers and every effort is made to keep the language natural -- for example, whent he question is "Is she sleeeping?" the speaker is asking about a baby on her shoulder. It is a situation in which it is reasonable to ask the question.

There is a microphone to speak into, and it makes a sad little noise if your pronunciation is not close enough. You get the same thing if you give a wrong answer -- clicking, for eample, on the eggs when you were prompted to click on just one egg.

Some of us may feel frustrated at being unable to say "So plurals are made by doing X?" or "What exactly is a Y?" but if you can relax and proceed through the course, you will find that it all becomes clear as you go along.

The accompanying CDs are a traditional listen and repeat format, again using native speakers. You will soon be listening to complex sentences and lengthy conversations.

You can go at your own pace, and it is very easy to navigate backwards or forwards. You also have the option of setting up your course to focus on one or all of the skills of understanding, reading, speaking, and writing. The initial set-up took about 15 minutes.

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