Persian (Farsi) Level 1, 2 & 3
Rosetta Stone Farsi is by far the best resource I have found for teaching yourself Farsi. The computer based and voice recognition system far surpasses other book and paper tools. Highly recommended.
April 7, 2010
Excellent.thanks so much.it was the best way to learn a new language
May 1, 2013
Spoken form of Farsi not accurate
I went through the first 2 levels of this program and started speaking Farsi with my girlfriend who is a native Farsi speaker and her family. It was made aware to me that the Farsi alphabet, much like the English alphabet, has specific sounds for each letter. The way the language was constructed in Persia was that the written language and spoken language have several differences. Example; to write - [written] darad minevisad vs [spoken] dah-reh minviseh. My girlfriend only was taught the spoken way of Farsi, so when I communicate to her in the way Rosetta is teaching me (written), she sometimes can't understand the verbs I am using because sometimes they are quite different. This is a flaw, because not every Farsi speaker was born in Iran and taught the written way. Many people live in North America and were just taught the spoken way by their parents, and thus you might not be able to communicate with them. This has been my challenge and should be addressed by Rosetta if they want to continue offering this language.
April 22, 2013
I speak German, Chinese, Dutch, some Russian, Danish, and Norwegian, and smattering of other languages.
I recently was given Persian (Farsi) Level 1-2-3, as a gift by a friend from Iran.
Firstly your installation procedure is a disgrace; farcical to say the least.
The lessons from the core module are an absurdity. I had several friends around, and all of them had difficulty reciting whole sentences, as presented in the immediate first stages.
Why? Because you jump from single words of vocabulary to full-blown sentences in about four exercises.
If your software was cat food, I certainly wouldn't feed it to my cat.
Installation: A complete and utter drag.
Methodological Approach: Terrible.
I disdain your software, and will look elsewhere for materials.
March 1, 2013
Although I've only had my Rosetta Stone for 2 months now, I can confidently say it the greatest learning tool I have ever used! The speech recognition technology means I am not only learning vocabulary and listening skills but also the proper pronunciation. Things like live tutor sessions have really helped me hone the details and put my new skills to use in conversation. Rosetta Stone makes learning a new language not only easy but fun to!
December 1, 2012
I have learned more of a foreign language with rosetta stone than I ever learned in high school. I am working on Farsi "Persian" right now and have learned a lot! Still on level 1! Foreign language software may be expensive but if you are willing to pay the money Rosetta Stone is worth every cent! Plus with Rosetta Stone's flex payment method, it makes it more affordable! Thanks Rosetta Stone!
November 29, 2012
A wonderful year of Farsi
I am a grandmother, a violinist and a learner of Farsi. This combination has brought a richness to my life because my daughter in law is Persian and I wanted to be able to speak Farsi with my grandchildren.
The 'music' of the beautiful script and sound of the words fascinates me because it is so different from the western script which we use in English.
My experience of learning Farsi through the Rosetta Stone program has been very pleasant. I love the live sessions and the tutors have been very good in helping me build confidence in speaking Farsi.
The program itself is excellent as it takes me step by step through each unit. There is no hurry in finishing each unit and I can go back to reveiw each grammatical segment.
The program gives me a feeling of satisfactiion when I have accomplished each core lesson.
Last but not least, the support team has always answered the questions which I asked. Their help is much appreciated.
Well done, Rosetta Stone. I am looking forward to Farsi level 2 and 3!
November 28, 2012
Not too shabby at all!
As a native speaker of both Arabic and English, I do have a slight upper hand when it comes to acquiring Persian. Rosetta Stone is definitely very thorough when it comes to building as well as retaining vocabulary and grammar -- however, I wouldn't mind seeing Iranian-associated photos to go with the vocabulary in question. If I see a photo of the word for winter, I want to see an Iranian winter. If I see a photo of a woman, I want to see an Iranian women in chador, if I see a street, show me Tehran..
Anyways, as a result of the program, I went from starting at ground zero to being able to sift my way through books and music in a short period of time. Mix that with practicing with Iranian-Canadians on a daily basis and I'm very quickly becoming fluent. My listening comprehension went from zilch to excellent. As for the writing portion -- there seems to be a glitch in the program when it comes to writing plurals. It should be ironed out because I keep getting answers wrong as a result of typographic errors...
All in all, not too shabby and very effective. Next language for me is Turkish -- which, thanks to the Ottoman Empire, in fact will deepen the subtlties of my Persian as well as the intimacy I have with my native Arabic...
What I wouldn't mind seeing in the future is that Rosetta Stone broadens the Persian program to a level four or five and include speakers of other dialects, just for ear training!
October 14, 2011
I bought Rosetta Stone (Farsi) almost two weeks ago and I’m amazed at how much I’m able to retain. I bought this product for two main reasons: self-improvement and a career enhancement.
I can’t wait till a native speaker tells me I’m on the advanced level or considered fluent in the language. I gave it a four star only because the writing portion looks intimidating.
Aside from that the program is an excellent tool that actually teaches you how to speak a new language, it keeps you engaged and entertained. So excited to continue learning….
January 24, 2011
Getting better and better
It is not easy to learn a new language. It takes a lot time and effort. however; it can be a wonderfull experience when you start understanding "the words and sentences", and it becames part of you.
November 14, 2010
If you can't attend a class, buy Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is good about giving you vivid, pretty pictures, teaching you the language without having you resort to your own language, and you will be surprised with how quickly you learn. The best thing about it is the online sessions with the native speakers, which you can schedule according to whenever you have time. In general, Rosetta Stone is the second best thing if you can't have in person lessons or classes. It's fun and a little addictive in a nice way, with games that you can play on your own or with other learners. What I really like about Rosetta Stone is that I can totally work it around my schedule - plus I can learn almost any language I want!
It is difficult figuring out grammar concepts however without any explanation in your native language.
November 13, 2010
Phenomenal and Functional
As a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, I can tell you that language training is something that should not be take lightly by military members or civilians. The world IS flat and when you can't communicate with individuals in industry or government from across the world, you have taken yourself out of the race to the top. Rosetta Stone makes the incorporation of language training into your daily routine very easy. I have used Rosetta Stone to teach myself functional Farsi and Arabic. It's great because I can choose the types of exercises that are convenient at the time I want to use it. For instance, I don't necessarily want to practice speaking while my tent-mates are sleeping so, I can on reading and listening. The speaking exercises allow me to truly enhance my learning experience by having a critic readily available through the computer. And it works. I was able to speak with another Farsi learner and he undertood me, within three days of opening the pack. Very much worth the price.
November 8, 2010
So far, pretty good
I ordered Rosetta Stone through the website, and was a little dissapointed with the delay.My order got delayed a few days. When I finally got it in the mail, I waas so excited. The packaging was quite nice, and I was surprised at how many CD's there were. There were 3 auto companions for each level. I haven't tried them yet. Farsi was my first language but throughout the years of going to school, I lost quite a bit of it. Before Rosetta Stone I could only understand Farsi. It was really frustrating not being able to speak it since my whole family is persian. The first unit of level one was a breeze. I knew most of the words and phrases. I am planning to focus on writing after I learn to properly speak it.
The thing I don't really like about this software was that all the writing was in persian. Sometimes you have to guess, since the alphabet is different. But overall, I am excited to continue on to level 2 and 3. Thank you Rosetta Stone!
August 22, 2010
Well my aunt got this for my cousin's birthday since she wanted to learn Farsi and I wanted to learn too so I went to her house and installed it on my laptop too. I am on Unit 4 of Level 1 and I am very impressed by how the program works! I am able to grasp the language easily because 1.) My parents and a lot of my family members speak it and 2.) Armenian is my native language and it contains some of the sounds that are in Farsi like the "kh" sound. Even with these advantages, I am still amazed at how fast I was able to start learning and I can't wait to become fluent!
May 1, 2010
Very effective program
Effective learning style but teaches formal Farsi.
April 8, 2010
Excellent Foray into New Language
The Rosetta Stone for Farsi has been an excellent aid in learning the language. It helps you even learn the new alphabet, and makes reading right to left almost intuitive by setting almost everything up in a right to left manner (e.g. multiple pictures in a line are often visited right to left) My one major complaint is that, in upper levels, you are asked to speak a multiple sentence response without the script to guide you, which seems more like a test of memorization than of new language learning.
April 7, 2010
Zaban-e-Shireen Farsi (Farsi the sweet language)
RosettaStone’s teaching approach is definitely unlike anything else out there.
I had no idea that I would progress that fast, though I must admit that being a native Urdu speaker I was already familiar with the Farsi alphabets/script. Nevertheless since RosettaStone is interactive, whatever you learn you tend to retain it much better than what you learn in a classroom study where you might not be attentive all the time. So far I have completed Level 1 in about 10 days and am already able to speak and form Present and Present Continuous tenses. Looking forward to not just learning level 2 and 3 but have already ordered Spanish (Latin America). I am quite confidant that with my experience with Farsi I would be able to master Spanish as well in a relatively shorter span of time.
September 30, 2009
Best program to learn a new langage
Sure, Champolleon was happy when he discovered the famous Rosetta Stone.
For me also, I really enjoy this program, (from French to Persian) and I do understand why the same name was choosen.
July 20, 2009
Farsi- a lot of work but worth it
I am a quarter the way through level one so my review will be limited. It is amazing that as I look back I see that I am learning something. It takes a lot of work trying to interpret what is meant by the words and phrases. You want to see the English translation, but it is not there. It reminds me of medicine where if you understand the pathophysiology your can figure out disease happen better than trying to memorize. The same here. The major complaint I have currently is trying to figure out the letters when I type them. The form that they appear when single is different from when together.
July 19, 2009
Comprehenisve and fun
Learning with Rosetta Stone Persian Level 1, 2 & 3 with Audio companion is a breeze.
Rosetta Stone Persian Level 1, 2 & 3 with Audio companion contains all the information and help I need to learn all aspects of the language. It is my one stop learning package.
The Rosetta Stone method is also the most effective language learning method I know as it's just so enjoyable to use. It allows me to learn and retain vocabulary, grammar, spelling and pronounciation often without even realising it, and all while having fun.
Persian Level 1, 2 & 3 with Audio Companion is it! I needn't look any further.
July 14, 2009
I found that I have very high retention with this program and am able to lock the language into my long term memory.
July 10, 2009
I knew my family in Iran only spoke Farsi but I never did, and when I finally met my long-lost family I wanted to speak to them so I used Rosetta Stone. It was so easy that in a matter of minutes I was speaking fluent Farsi. Thanks Rosetta Stone!
April 29, 2009
I found this application very intuitive. The teaching system used is second to none. When you want to learn a new language there is no better way to do so.
March 13, 2009
Rosetta Stone is a good program. I was just disappointed that it didnt have the meanings of words. That was confusing but the pictures are how you learn. I like the writing tool, you learn much more about the language when you write it yourself. It hard in the beginning but you become better at it. I would prefer a classroom learning environment, its better to grasp the language and actually learn it. With Rosetta Stone, you learn at your own pace but you can become lazy. Overall, it is a good language learning program (would recommend if your not a lazy person!). Good Luck!
March 13, 2009