Thu, 29 Apr 2010 Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3
The total immersion method of learning a language
Rosetta Stone is the undisputed heavyweight of the language-learning software world, with the price tags to match. Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 is the company's entry-level Spanish product for Mac and Windows.
In this case, 'entry-level' refers only to the start point, as the depth of information and the amount of material in Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 is staggering.
The Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 package contains a quality headphone and microphone set that connects via USB, as well as several audio CDs for revision on the move. Out of the box everything feels substantial, full featured and nicely finished. You even get stickers to convert your computer keyboard, should you so desire.
The install process is a little more involved than it needs to be, as you have to load up each level separately. This does reflect the flexibility of Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3's levels-based approach, however. All levels of ability and experience are catered for, and you can bolt on extra languages and levels as you go.
One thing we really don't like about Rosetta Stone is its DRM. Put simply, you can use this software on only two computers, and have to register each online. It's actually difficult to 'deregister' your PC, so retain the receipt: even if you can cope with installing this on only two systems, you don't want to have to buy it again every time you buy a new machine.
You create a user account so that your education will remained tailored to your individual level. Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 will compile a relevant course for you based on gender and age, or you can pick and choose from the many activities.
It may be worth letting Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 cherry pick, because there are so many different kinds of modules to choose from. The immersive, colourful tasks include speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening and grammar.
These are situation-based to make them more interesting and useful. Modules last 5, 10 or 30 minutes and contain video, audio and text. You are appraised of how long each one will take before you begin, and they can be saved in progress or restarted if you've started or not finished.
If you want to spend a little less, there's an online version of Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3, which is time- rather than levels-limited. There's no installation, of course, but it requires a system check to use it on each separate machine.
You get pretty much the same experience, but you will need to purchase a headset/mic for the aural and oral aspects. And you won't be able to go back for a refresher in a year's time without paying again to access the course.