Rosetta Stone Personal Edition review: Rosetta Stone Personal Edition

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Setup and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Windows and Mac compatible; uses only the target language; money-back guarantee; excellent support package.

The Bad Pricey.

The Bottom Line Rosetta Stone's software is a well-designed interactive learning tool that does an excellent job of immersing you in a foreign language.

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Rosetta Stone Chinese Personal Edition Levels 1 & 2

If you're looking for an interactive, computer-based language-learning tool, Rosetta Stone's software packages may be the next best thing to actually relocating to a foreign country. It's available in 28 languages; for this review, we looked at the Chinese and the Spanish language-learning packages--and both are impressive. Based on the immersion method of language teaching, the Rosetta Stone package confronts you with the target language from the get-go. There are neither translations into English nor grammar explanations, and you'll find no abstract discussions of verb tenses or subordinate clauses. In the very first lesson, you're asked questions in the target language about a group of photos, and it's your job to select the right photo. Soon you begin to pick out words and phrases that match the images, and you build your skills from those rudimentary building blocks. There are also a number of ways to tweak the individual lessons to practice writing, listening comprehension, and speaking and pronunciation skills.


Tabs along the left-hand side of Rosetta Stone's console let you focus on a specific skills, such as listening, reading, writing, and pronunciation.

Rosetta Stone's installation is entirely automated: merely insert the CD and click through a few onscreen prompts. The software runs on any flavor of Windows from 95 to XP and on Mac OS 8.6 or later.

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The Rosetta Stone Japanese Personal Edition Level I & II - box pack

Part Number: 232-12 Released: Aug 13, 2004
Low Price: $297.12 See all prices

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  • Release date Aug 13, 2004
  • Category education application
  • Compatibility PC