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Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 1, 2 & 3 (Spain) 3 Full Version for PC, Mac

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Learning to speak Spanish as a child would

  • Oct 5, 2010
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Pros: Easy to understand use.

Cons: Hard to figure out supporting words at times

The Bottom Line: Excellent program overall.  It teaches you the way that you learn as a child and makes the process much easier than other methods.

I have wanted to become fluent in Spanish since I graduated high school.  It was something that I realized would set me apart from my peers in the workplace and would make my life a lot easier as more and more of the country started to speak Spanish.  This has become even more important now that I live in Florida where many of the cities have more signs in Spanish than they do in English. 

The biggest struggle that I have had with Spanish is that I lacked the motivation to learn the language on my own.  I don't need to know it so forcing myself to do something that is so boring that isn't necessary is very difficult. 

I began to realize that if I was going to learn how to speak Spanish, I would have to do something much more drastic or entertaining.  This is when I came across Rosetta Stone. 

ROSETTA STONE SPANISH
Rosetta Stone is a Spanish program that teaches students how to speak Spanish in a similar manner to how you would learn your own native language.  The program itself features absolutely no English forcing you to learn the Spanish based upon pictures and conversations throughout the program rather than using English as your crutch. 

By forcing you to pay more attention to the pictures you begin to see those pictures in ways that your children see pictures as they struggle to learn English.  You are learning in the exact same manner that your child would learn and it actually makes a great deal of sense to do it in this manner. 

INSTALLATION
The program is very easy to install.  You simply put it into your computer and it will pop up and ask you if you want to install it.  Just follow the steps, enter in the included activation code, and you are ready to start learning Spanish. 

THE PROGRAM
The program is going to give you several different options as to how you want to learn.  You can choose to learn by simply viewing pictures and responding, you can read, view pictures, and respond, or you can read, view pictures, respond by clicking, and by actually speaking.  By doing the speaking portion of the program you are going to need a compatible headset with a microphone but that can be obtained at most any computer store. 

The program itself because it isn't in English at all takes a few tries in order to figure out what they are asking for but the program starts out really slow.  You start out by identifying the items in the pictures and then you move on to much more complex sentences and interactions.  As you move along you add to your vocabulary and you learn more and more about sentence structure.  Slowly things will become more difficult until you are creating your own sentences for each picture or scenario. 

When you are speaking you actually will read back what you are seeing and you are going to find whether or not you are saying the words correctly.  This is an excellent tool for learning as well.  I found that I was much more likely to remember the words when I actually said them out loud.  So while it may be tough to find a place to do the program where you can talk out loud it is definitely worth it and it is going to make it considerably easier to learn the lessons. 

MY EXPERIENCE
While I haven't completed the program totally, I have learned a great deal of Spanish through the program.  I found that most of the program was VERY easy to use but there were times when I became very frustrated because I honestly didn't know what some of the parts of speach meant.  This of course made it much more difficult for me to understand what the program was looking for as an answer and made it a lot harder to understand other parts of the sentence as well.  As I began to better understand these parts of speech things began to run a lot smoother for me and my lessons would progress much faster.

The program works through a lot of repetition.  You are going to see the same lessons over and over again so if you mess it up once you are going to see it numerous times and will eventually figure it all out.  I found this was important in my full retention of the lessons.  The more I went over them the easier it was for me to recall my previous knowledge until some of the lessons became incredibly simple and somewhat boring.

OVERALL
I personally feel that this is a great program for learning the language.  While it is still somewhat boring in nature, it makes learning much easier.  I have found that the pictures make the process easier because I can mentally connect it to an English definition and the lack of English means that I am forced to understand what is happening rather than using English as a crutch. 

I find that I am learning Spanish MUCH faster than I ever would have in any other way.  If I would have had this when I was learning Spanish in High School I probably would have done MUCH better in the class in the first place. 

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October 05, 2010
i just bought the Spanish Total 4e upgraded version for myself. I hope i can find some time to use it. Gracias for the for the review!!
 
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