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Rosetta Stone V4 TOTALe: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1-3 Set

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Communicate and connect around the world. Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Develop the language skills to enjoy social interactions such as travel and shopping and learn to share ideas and opinions in … see full wiki

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Perfect for me

  • Aug 26, 2010
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I had a little French in 5th grade but took Latin in 7th and continued with that for four years. I always regretted not taking French or Spanish, but never had the time to do anything about those regrets.

Both of our daughters studied multiple languages; our youngest majored in Spanish. I'd glance at their textbooks now and then but couldn't muster the energy to follow through.

I had heard and read about these Rosetta Stone courses. They have been on TV frequently and I had visited their website, but I had been put off by the high prices. While the quality is extremely high, and while agreeing that these are certainly less expensive than any real world courses would be, I still think the pricing is too much..

That said, I was quite impressed when I opened the box - though they could work on making the box easier to open! I found a high quality USB headset and microphone that just plugged into my Mac and worked and a pile of media. I installed it (a very time consuming process, by the way, and it takes a large amount of disk space), activated it, and with some nervousness, started my first lesson. Almost an hour later I regretfully shut it down because I couldn't afford to spend the whole day on this, though I really would have liked to.

I was impressed. i learned some Spanish. Not much, but I did learn and it was easy.

This is as good as it can get, I think. A few times I was slightly confused as to what I was supposed to do - speak, click, what? - but whatever it was became clear quickly and I moved on. I like the constant reinforcement and, at least for me, immersion seems like the right way to do it.

If you haven't tried the on-line demo that shows you how this all works, you need to. The combination of associating a picture with both written text and the spoken word, plus being regularly prompted to speak yourself, is very powerful. I felt like I learned more in that hour than I possibly could have leaned by any other method.

I have read all the negative reviews and I expect they have value. I don't expect to become fluent in Spanish from this. I do expect that I'll be able to understand a lot more, especially when written and that in a pinch I might be able to make myself understood with what I'll learn here accompanied by a lot of facial expressions and hand waving. My expectation is that it will give me enough of a kick start that I might be able to pick up some of those books and learn a bit more. I'm sure my daughters will be able to make fun of my mistakes and help me along too.

It's too bad this is so expensive. Our world would be a better place if more of us had at least a smattering of other languages.

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