Hebrew Level 1, 2 & 3
It's pretty good
All in all I've found that this is a pretty good product. I chose Hebrew as my first language from Rosetta stone - partially because I'm chicken and learned quite a bit of hebrew groing up and was in desperate need of a refresher. While I did know or eventually remember about a third of the words I've been taught so far, the words I didn't know have come pretty easily, and not because I have any former knowledge of them.
The lessons can get a little repetitive, but I actually find it a good thing as the repetition helps drive the knowledge home.
November 28, 2012
I have been using this program for about a month now, and it is absolutely incredible! You literally learn how you did as a child. I see all the reviews about how it is frustrating that there are no translations in English...this is only when you start using the program. Once you adapt and begin understanding how it is being taught to you, it comes natural. I would highly recommend it to ANYONE! It's fun and definitely the best at home program to learn Hebrew. I can't wait to study abroad next semester in Israel and use it! :)
June 30, 2012
Great System, But Flawed
I started using Hebrew Rosetta Stone a few weeks ago. It's a great system and has helped me learn so much. There isn't much out there to help learn the language--pretty much only things for biblical use--and I really wanted to learn Hebrew. I'm only on Level 1, but it's wonderful so far. The look is sophisticated and easy, but there are some flaws.
First of all, the Speech Recognition Technology doesn't work. It will take ages to recognize that you even said anything, and I eventually stopped using the headset because it seemed to work better on speaker, but I'll say something completely different and they will count it right.
Second, I recently started using the 3 month trial for the online features. They are great! I'm signed up for a Studio session and the games are iffy, but decent. I really want to do Duo or Simbio though, but there seems to be no one learning Hebrew (which is understandable# and no Hebrew-speakers learning English #well, I'm pretty sure that they get taught in school). But it's frustrating because that would be really fun to do with someone.
Culture: Rosetta Stone is a packaged deal. They use pretty much the same format for every language-- including the pictures. I enjoy seeing all the different cultures they portray, but I'd much rather like to see Israelis and their culture because, after all, where else can you use Hebrew except maybe at your synagogue?
Sometimes it's also very hard to understand what they're trying to get across to you only in pictures. I was amazed at how much I learned by pictures alone, but unless you have Google Translate opened side-by-side, then it can be VERY confusing. For instance, there are 3 ways to say "to wear" that they tried to teach us, but how was I supposed to know that it was different depending on what you're wearing? And how was I supposed to know that the word they were telling us was "his". It could have been anything, especially considering it comes AFTER the noun!
I'm not sold on the reading part of the program. I think it's geared mainly towards listening and speaking because even though they show the words on the screen, they play the audio with it so you don't have to read, just listen.
Also, I just discovered the TotalE app. It's really useful--an on-the-go, quick way to review your vocabulary and pronunciation. I'll be really sad when the online features end--they are so great, but so expensive! It's $100 per 9 months!
But overall, I am loving the program so far. It's great and I'm so glad I bought it. It makes me feel so much more Jewish to be learning Hebrew and I'd love to go to Israel and try it out once I've completed the course!
P.S. As far as I've heard, this program DOES NOT make you fluent. It can get you going, and is a great foundation to build on, but you won't know everything. There's other work that you have to put in outside of it to improve on and maintain what you've learned.
June 21, 2012
A new way of teaching Hebrew
Colegio Colombo Hebreo, in Bogota, Colombia, is implementing Rosetta Stone in its secondary Hebrew program. The first couple of weeks have been extremely successful. Many students say that Hebrew is their new favorite class.
We are now going through an interesting phase, in which we bring the students out of the computer room to apply their newly acquired Hebrew in different situations, like skits and presentations.
September 20, 2011
I've only just begun my language learning, but so far it's a great review of what I already know and jump into what I don't. I'm not sure how someone unfamiliar with the hebrew text would learn, as there are no explicit lessons in forming letters or alphabet or anything...everything is integrated into the lesson.
April 9, 2011
Started as a beginner...
I started off not even knowing my alephbet. After 1 month of the program, I was able to hold my own in a basic conversation. The study material has real world application that makes it much more practical. The program is so easy to use that my 4 year old is even participating (successfully) yet I don't feel that I'm being babied when I also do it.
April 8, 2011
Rosetta is beautifully designed: a jewel crafted with love. My children tested it, enjoyed it and learned. If Rosetta was free and available online, it could become like Google or Facebook. Everybody would use it. Just imagine: a rosetta stone of all the languages of the world...
April 8, 2011
When I first got my Hebrew lessons, I was not sure it would be all it was hyped to be. Boy was I wrong! After only three weeks I am thrilled with my progress. Rosetta Stone gets a ringing endorsement from me. Thanks so much for developing this program. I may go forSpanish next!
April 7, 2011
When I was interested in learning a new language, I did an internet search. I viewed a couple possible choices and found that the Rosetta Stone Edition was far more advanced and user friendly than any of the others. I decided to purchase Levels 1, 2 & 3 and given the 6 month money-back guarantee, I knew I had nothing to lose. Within the first lesson (one day) I was able to recognize and pronounce many of the common words and sayings in the Native Language I chose. Within the first week, I was able to speak in basic sentences. Within three weeks, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with a native speaker. It really gave me confidence and spiked my desire to want to learn more. I downloaded the audio CD's to my MP3 player. I love the fact I can take my lessons with me wherever I go and am able to speak and understand the words in Lesson 1 with ease. My favorite activity is Buzz Bingo. I find it challenging but helps me with word/speech recognition. I would recommend, and have bragged to my co-workers, that if they are intersted in learning a new language, Rosetta Stone is by far the fastest, easiest and funnest way to learn.
April 7, 2011
Learning is joyful
Today is Valentines Day and I wanted to write a review here:) I love this program - love it. Learning the language can be so fun and I had no idea. I never had special gifts for new languages and made several failed attempts to learn Italian (not with Rosetta Stone) -I could not stick through it.
Then, after a trip to Israel I got curious about Hebrew. I heard about Rosetta Stone and decided to try. I bought 1,2,3 levels as a gift to myself - and it proved to be one! It has been 4 months and am looking forward to each one of my sessions. I can read in Hebrew already - being able to read stories is like a reward! I retain words. I catch myself trying to say something in my head in Hebrew.
The program is like an interesting, mind-boggling adventure! I thought I was a failure in learning languages. Rosetta Stone forever erased that feeling and made me believe - Oh yes I can! It is not a magic wand, but it trully is a wonderful product which I would (and do) recommend to anyone looking to learn a new language.
February 14, 2011
Look forward to beginning
Based off of the reviews, I have heard that RS REALLY works! I bought the Hebrew program 2 days ago, and have yet to begin, but I do look forward. I tried the demo, and it worked really well. I am currently a sophomore in CESJDS, but they make us learn Hebrew using the ineffective NETA program. That program just teaches U weird, non-basic words, like "hot wind" and "crystillization" that won't ever teach us anything. Then, those words aren't ever used again till 5 units later! The teachers are not allowed to use their own curriculum, and the admin won't even listen to us, despite newspaper articles, university studies and complaints by students of the program not working. I decided to take matters into my own hands by buying this, instead of wasting my time in class (where nothing gets done anyway) confusing myself. I think that I'll simply drop Hebrew next year and just use RS, unless I already know it by then. I also took an Arabic course, which was good, but I think I'll use RS 4 that as well. Later, I plan on taking more popular languages, such as Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, French, German and Italian.
November 30, 2010
Rosetta Stone is Fantastic
I have been learning Hebrew using Rosetta Stone for a couple of weeks now and I am very surprised at how much I have been able to retain. It truly does make it easier to learn and maintain a new language.
November 10, 2010
Good way of teaching and blending things together, a good mixture!
November 10, 2010
Fun and easy way to learn a language
I started learning Hebrew with Rosetta Stone about a month ago. Hebrew is quite a difficult language to learn. It all starts with the alphabet which is very different from ours. So at first you can't read what's shown on the screen.
However, Rosetta Stone makes it fun and easy to learn. I'm amazed at how much I've already picked up. I can read Hebrew already (very, very slowly, but getting better every day).
Rosetta World and Rosetta Studio which are part of the TOTALe course are very effective.
In Rosetta World you get to play language games and reinforce what you learned. That's much more fun than just studying vocabulary with index cards.
In Rosetta Studio you actually speak to a native Hebrew speaker. What a confidence booster.
I'm totally sold on Rosetta Stone and can only recommend it.
November 8, 2010
I bought this Rosetta Stone product to help improve my Hebrew speaking skills. I found the program to be fun, interactive and engaging. I already had enough command of the language to speak to native Israeli's however this product helped me to feel more confident and to learn many knew words, phrases and grammar that I didn't know. Thank you Rosetta Stone.
November 8, 2010
I found this product to be helpful in capturing the essential foundation for improving my Hebrew. I particularly enjoyed the mixture of teaching tools and the ability to feel immersed in the language while using the program.
April 22, 2010
Great interactivity and really helped me fast track my study in Hebrew!
April 19, 2010
Rosetta Stone software is an essential component of any serious language success. I can attest that the use of this software will jumpstart, assist in progress and refine comprehension in your language goals. I have purchased Rosetta Stone through the years and have found it indispensible.
April 12, 2010
Old dogs can learn new tricks.
I really thought that I was too old to be able to learn another language. After all, I spent 57 years learning English! I won't say it has been easy but the RosettaStone process has at least made it as doable and comfortable as possible for me. I am learning and retaining the language and actually feeling pretty accomplished. As a professional, I haven't had as much free time to spend on this endeavor as I would like but the time I spend is optimized by the RosettaStone system and really makes learning efficient. Using the audio companion as I drive to work has also been helpful. I know that as I continue to use the system I will become more and more proficient and eventually be able to converse with my multilingual children easily. Thanks RosettaStone for showing me that old dogs can learn new tricks!
April 10, 2010
I am a person who likes to see translations. I know that the immersion system may not include a booklet, but when I purchased the Spanish edition from Rosetta Stone, a book came along with it and it was easier for me. Hebrew is even more difficult because it is not in Roman letters; hence, to have a book for each chapter would really help. Also, I don't know if this is possible, and I know it would cause volume in programming, but it would also be nice to see how words are spelled with the cursive form of Hebrew. Otherwise, I love my Rosetta Stone and would purchase yet a third language if I wanted to learn something else ... without hesitation. I've recommended it to many, many friends. I've asked in the past as to the status of a program for a more ancient language: Ladino. Any progress on that? Thanks.
April 10, 2010
I have found the Rosetta stone software incredibly helpful in my studies. Being able to hear and interact with the language was something I was simply not able to do with books. Everything is broken down into bite sized pieces that make it very convenient. I highly recommend this to the serious student.
April 10, 2010
Best Way to Learn Hebrew
I have studied hebrew for 3 years in Israel and several years in the US resulting in good reading and writing skills, but limited listening and speaking skills. Rosetta Stone has helped me to finally learn to speak so I can be understood. It's a blessing.
April 9, 2010
I didn't have any experience with Rosetta Stone prior to this purchase, but it truly blew me out of the water. The only knowledge I really had about the software was from my brother and though he said the format was different than how we learned in school, it didn't really sink in until I started the program. What a neat way to learn! There have been moments of frustration, when I just want to know what word (in my native tongue) is being hammered into my brain, but then I figure it out and I know it has sunk in better than rote memorization would have. There is still a long way to go yet in this whole process, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn and thankful for the resource in Rosetta Stone software.
April 8, 2010
Easy to follow
Great language course. I've tried others and this is so different and easy to follow. The reviews are automatic, which is really helpful. Thanks Rosetta Stone!
April 8, 2010
Hebrew 1,2, 3 with Audio companion
This has been not only one of the best purchases I've ever made; but one of the best ways I've found to study Hebrew. It makes learning fun, it makes me want to study, it's something I look forward to doing. Having a very busy life and schedule, and being able to study at my own pace, makes it an even more attractive way to study. I don't have to leave home and travel to go to a class; I can study right at home; however, if I do travel, I can take my study with me.
April 8, 2010
Best Language Program in Existence
Rosetta Stone is, by far, the most effective language program I have ever used. I purchased the Hebrew program after having lived in Israel for a few years and taking basic classes in Hebrew, but Rosetta Stone's method has allowed me to retain more of the language in the swiftest way possible. I can converse more comfortably and instantly understand what I am hearing in a conversation. I was amazed by how my vocabulary increased almost effortlessly. Most of all, it's fun and I look forward to each of my lessons. I highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to learn another language with ease.
April 7, 2010
Review of Hebrew Rosetta Stone
I really like Rosetta Stone. I took a conversational Hebrew course and didn't learn much at all. I learned a lot more from Rosetta Stone.
I only have two criticisms. Some things I wouldn't have understood if I didn't have a small background in Hebrew, like male and female words. It didn't explain that..
Some exercises I didn't understand what the program wanted me to do. Maybe I need to read the manual more.
April 7, 2010
Best Hebrew language learnignaid ever!!
By far Rosetta Stone Hebrew Language is the best learning tool ever for conversational Hebrew.
April 7, 2010
The best language learning system ever!
I have taken several courses in Hebrew over the years. Frustrated by my lack of progress, I purchased Rosetta Stone as a "last resort." It should have been my "first resort:" The system is absolutely amazing! The best language learning method imaginable. And it is FUN. I've learned more in a few days than in years of struggling with other programs. I don't usually write product reviews, but I am completely sold on Rosetta Stone!!
April 7, 2010
Best Learning Tool
I've always struggled with learning languages. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and a year of German in college and cant speak either language at even a beginners level.Yet my major requires I take 12 credits of language, So I ordered Hebrew hoping it would help me as I am scheduled to take it in the fall. At first I couldn't imagine picking up even the most basic of vocab, let alone the alphabet. after about two weeks I realized I had learned more than any other language, and not only had it not been a struggle it had been a blast. If your thinking about purchasing Rosetta Stone don't compare the price to yet another piece of software, compare it to buying another mother tongue. Wow is it worth the price!
April 7, 2010