Greek Level 1
Great technique but tough language
I purchased this for a vacation. This is the second Rosetta Stone I have purchased. The first was Italian I bought also for a vacation. It was easy to learn and I was able to speak the language well and got us into places and had conversations with people we woud not have had without it. Greek is a whole other ball of wax. Whereas the romance languages are not that far off of English (and a bit of French in HS helped as well) as far as the alphabet and most of the pronounceations, Greek is definately not. The letters are different and even confusing. For example something that looks like a p has an r sound. Still, I cannot see learning this very difficult language any other way. I am picking things up and like the Italian version, just when you think you are lost and know nothing (reached much earlier in Greek) you realize you actually know a lot.
December 29, 2011
Rosetta Stone Fun
I've had a lot of fun using my Rosetta Stone Greek with my tailor, hairdresser, and waiters in my Greek Astoria neighborhood. They enjoy hearing a non-Greek communicting with them in their own language, and one of them feels my Greek is good enough for me to speak only Greek in her shop!
Rosetta Stone takes the drudgery out of putting together a grammatically correct sentence in another language. Instead of laboriously calculating the correct person, number, gender, and/or case of a phrase, you learn the correct phrasing naturally from ample listing, speaking, reading, and writing exercises in Rosetta Stone. This training then starts to seem more like solving a challenging puzzle than rote memorization, and you are now repeating the process of learning a second language as you did your own mother tongue.
I wish Rosetta Stone had been available to my students when I was teaching high school Spanish and French. Hopefully, some of them have also improved their textbook fluency by using Rosetta Stone's superior language learning software!
April 20, 2011
The format is easy to follow at first and then takes me into vocabulary specifics almost too quickly. I have easily learned several new words but proper vocabulary I am struggling somewhat. Cannot download the program at work because I don't have admin rights on the server. Have not used audio at all. The Games are great. Even with headphones I have to keep the house completely silent for long periods in order to learn. Hard to do in a house with children. All in all a good learning tool.
April 14, 2011
Intuitive...like learning as a native!
I bought Greek level one for my mom, and she loves to use the software and gets along fine (she is not the most technically inclined!).
I actually had no intention on learning Greek, but because I was drawn to Rosetta Stone's user interface, I can now string together some simple Greek phrases!
April 8, 2011
My Biggest Roadblock
My purpose in purchasing the Rosetta Stone product is to facilitate my attendance of an international conference in a few months. While the technical sessions will be in English, and I'm told that hotel and other personnel will certainly speak English - it seems rude to me to visit someone else's country and make no effort to develop a rudimentary understanding of the native language.
Therefore, i purchased Greek Level 1 to develop a basic conversational proficiency, and to be able to read simple signs and directions.
This product is vastly superior to any language class i've ever taken. The immersion and the mixture of tasks (listening, reading, pronunciation, writing) are undoubtedly far superior to any formal language training i've ever had.
The challenge is that it is lacking in simple conversational phrases and words. I cannot envision a contextual way to convey simple words like "please" and "thank you", nor simple phrases such as "can you direct me to ...", but these vocabulary and phrases are most directly useful to someone in my position.
Naming the members of a family, or the number of bowls in a picture is certainly not wasted effort, but it is not nearly as useful as being able to say "I would like to order ... , please." or "Could you please direct me to ...". If I'm somehow able to ask someone for directions to a particular attraction, and then undersatand their response, i won't know how to ask them if i can walk there, or if i should take a bus or taxi.
Teaching such conversation in an immersion program must be extraordinarily difficult, and may follow in more advanced modules, but these are the things i find most useful right now.
April 8, 2011
Rosetta Stone Product Review
I’m very excited about my purchase and the RosettaStone program. I have tried to learn other languages from classroom environments and from software without much success. RosettaStone has been a wonderful investment for me and my siblings. My Mother is Greek but never taught us how to speak the language. Now we are able to converse with her and our relatives in Greece without an interpreter. It is very exciting. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to learn another language. Especially if you are like me and have difficulties with learning.
April 13, 2010
Best Language Program!
This program is absolutely phenomenal! Each lesson targets a specific style of learning - whether that be visual, auditory, writing, or speaking. Children learn a language by being immersed in it. We don't hand our children a book and expect them to speak their native tongue after listening to it read and then conjugating verbs out of the book. Rather, we point to objects and tell them the name of the object and the child repeats it back to us. Children pick up tenses by listening to it being used in context. This program also teaches us by providing us with lessons that use both our left and right side of our brains. Most other programs only have you use the left side of your brain. Rosetta Stone is the most natural way and best way to learn a language outside of going to the country and living with a family.
April 7, 2010
I am disappointed in the Greek level one. There is no published material accompanying the product, no dictionary suggested, to look up words that are not clrear from the lesson.
There is no guidance to where the program is going, why the pronounciation of the words is or is not "standard" manner currently in use.
I could go on and on. but the reader will get the picture. G. Lara
April 7, 2010
I have always wanted to learn Greek and this is most definitely worth the money. I have learnt more than I ever would in a class setting. The program always you to work from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The lessons are easy to follow and you feel like your learning within the first 10 minutes of using it. Most importantly it somehow makes it fun. I truly never thought that learning a language could be enjoyable!
April 6, 2010
Best language Class
Best language learning class I have ever done. This is definitely better than attending a common language course.
July 10, 2009
Greek Is Not "All Greek to Me"
I've tried a handful of ways to learn French and Italian in the past. Reading from books and making exhaustive lists of vocabulary words would always give me headaches and dampen my desire to continue learning. When a Bulgarian friend invited me and few others to her wedding, we decided to schedule a stop over in Greece. In preparation, I decided I would try to learn some Greek. But I knew from previous language learning attempts that I would make very little progress in the short term using those traditional methods. Rosetta Stone easily trumped trying to read about pronunciations and sentence structure from a text book. This was the first time I had attempted to learn a language with a non-Latin based alphabet. Without the help of the native speakers on Rosetta Stone's software I can't imagine having had any success at understanding the unique sounds of each character and blending them together to form the proper pronunciation. One still has to be determined to learn and make a commitment to using the software everyday. However, if you can make the commitment there is no question that this software will teach you a foreign language more quickly and more accurately than any other available technique.
July 10, 2009
cool way to learn
i enjoy learning with rosetta stone. it is fun , relaxing and you do it at your pace no pressure ever.
I am learning greek one of the hardest lauguges in the world and all my greek friends are impressed with how much i've learn with a cd.
I totally say to anyone who wishes to learn any lauguage : try roisetta stone you would be surprised
July 9, 2009
I have tried several other foreign language programs to no avail. Rosetta Stones interactive immersion technique is the most successful I've encountered. I actually look forward to the lessons!
July 9, 2009
easy to learn
This product is excellent. I took 6 years of french classes, so I have plenty of experience with learning a language. But this software just feels so natural. There is no mindless memorization, everything just seems to flow logically, like you are in the country learning practical words and phrases.
March 12, 2009
Greek is not easy by any stretch of the imagination but Rosetta Stone's programs is the next best thing to being dropped on a Greek Island with a handful of locals that do not speak English.
March 12, 2009
Worth it's Weight in Gold
I must admit, when I first heard the advertisements for Rosetta Stone I was what you would call a skeptic. I had always assumed there was only one way to learn a language - through mind-numbing regurgitation and endless memorization. But I was willing to remain open-minded, and I am happy to say that I was handsomely rewarded for my little gamble. Both myself and my girlfriend have been learning Greek for the past month, and it has been more fun than I could have imagined. It has brought us closer, really, because now we have a common goal and activity - that is, learning the Greek Language. We both get excited to share the new terms and laugh over our burgeoning native accents. I would recommend your product to anyone who wants to not only learn a new language, but have a blast as they do. Thanks so much.
March 11, 2009