Hindi Level 1
Great but Use Other Sources
I love Rosetta Stone and Hindi was my first lanaguge with it. I even had the old (v.2) for Hindi and still loved it. Rosetta Stone does work if you use it correctly and with other programs! Firstly I know many people complain about Rosetta Stone and that it doesn't work, however as with anything you have to use other things with it. For Hindi, I used Rosetta Stone and supplemented with textbooks and it as worked wonders for me. I would go through a lesson of Rosetta Stone and then do a lesson in a textbook, and it made working from a textbook much less intimatdating. I recently went to Delhi and was able to get around in Hindi! The only real negative I have is that, it is highly Sanskritic Hindi, and in India your most likely to hear a more colloquial speech that incorporates many words from Persian. I'm now going to college and majoring in Hindi and Arabic, and I really do recomend Rosetta Stone, as long as you use other materials with it. Also if you are taking a language class and use rosetta stone it wil help tremdously!
July 8, 2012
At first, you feel a little lost without any english words or translations. But you quickly see the value in immersing yourself into the foreign language and figuring it out as you go. Images, contextual clues, etc...these all make the words sink in deeper and more permanently than if you were to have the english word next to them. It becomes a little like a game of hide and seek. After a while, you look forward to your next lesson. Yes, learning is actually fun with this program.
I am finishing up Level one and I have used all the online resources to the max. The Studio Sessions with a live teacher are a must to lock in your progress. Don't expect the teacher to speak to you in English!
The product suite as a whole represents tremendous value IMO. Way better than any other language product I have used.
And no, I don't work for and am not associated with RS in any way. I am learning Hindi for my frequent business trips to Delhi and the Punjab.
June 4, 2012
Pros and Cons
This product is certainly good. I have learned many vocabulary words through the repetitive process of seeing images, speaking and listening. I was satisfied in this respect.
However, Rosetta Stone: Hindi has no transliteration (hindi words written with the English alphabet). This makes it very difficult to pick up on subtle differences between different words and can be tough for more visual learners (even with pictures). Seeing how something is spelled can help memory and pronunciation.
April 7, 2011
Best Approach I've Tried
Rosetta Stone's method is thorough and exciting. The lessons are fun and rewarding. I look forward to getting home at the end of the day so I can hop on the computer and do a lesson or play some games. Instead of memorizing vocabulary and phrases, I am learning to really understand, without thinking and translating in my head, the sentence structure and Hindi words I've learned through the program. Now that I have a basic understanding of the language, I can pick up words and phrases from native speakers and absorb their meanings instead of trying to remember each word and connector. My favorite tool is the Studio Session, which is an online classroom-style personal session with a native speaker. I get to hear someone using words I understand in their natural tones and speed and am amazed at how much I comprehend. Though my first one was intimidating at first, I felt that my teacher was there to help me, not to grade me or judge me. I will definitely continue to Levels 2 and 3 of the Hindi set when I finish Level 1!
November 8, 2010
Hindi Level 1
If you're going to go to India, you definitely have to get past level 1 to say anything really useful. For this language, there aren't very many other options available that I know of.
For chinese for example, there is another option that is available from another company. You'll learn more faster for 1/10th the cost and everything you learn will be immediately useful and worth repeating.
I traveled to India back in August for business and from what I learned from Level 1, it wasn't really worth repeating anything. I haven't tried Level 2 or 3 yet so it may be worth giving that a go. I am really looking forward to learning enough to at least get by in business meetings.
Moral of the story... if you're going to travel to India, especially for business and you want to say anything useful, get past level 1 at least.
December 28, 2009
Rosetta Stone Hindi Level 1 has been a great product for my wife and I. We are trying to get 'the basics' down of Hindi before we leave for India in a few months. The immersion experience before we leave can't be replaced by any text books we could purchase.
The software is intuitive and easy to use. We recently saw Slumdog Millionaire and found ourselves picking up words here and there. Exciting!
I HIGHLY recommend this product!
March 11, 2009