Irish Level 1
I bought the Russian version of Rosetta stone and I was amazed. I have wanted to learn Russian for several years and let me tell you, books are near worthless. I didn't even move on to Level 2 and I was able to have whole conversations with my Belorussian and Russian uncles. They were amazed as well and thought that I had invested in classes with a native Russian speaker. Wrong. I had invested in the best language learning program in the world.
March 3, 2012
Having used Rosetta Stone in the past to learn Sephardic Hebrew, I can say that you've done it again! Providing a fantastic product like this is beyond amazing, and I am so glad I invested in Rosetta Stone. My family chuckled when I told them I wanted to become a polyglot in the next three years, and the Irish program has been one more step to proving them wrong.
September 2, 2011
Worth the money
I'd been griping about not being able to afford Rosetta Stone since they created the Irish program, so when I received it as a gift, I was ecstatic. I have only completed the first two lessons, but I have learned more in those first two lessons than in the seven and a half years I have been trying to teach myself. This is the best product I have ever tried, and I can't wait to move on to Level 2.
August 16, 2010
I am not good with languages and have tried a number of products to learn Irish. Some have been better than others but Rosetta Stone is far and away the best. I will continue with Levels 2 & 3 once I have completed Level 1.
April 22, 2010
This was just good fun. I was plesently suprised at how fast I started picking up the language. The lesson was nothing like I thought it would be, I did not want to stop. I did not even finish the lesson and while in Ireland I was able to speak enough to make for some real good fun with the locals.
April 20, 2010
Most fun since Kindergarten!
Rosetta Stone for Irish has been the best learning experience I've ever had with languages. Unlike in a classroom setting where you must adhere to all the other students' learning paces, you can go at your own speed throughout the learning process with Rosetta Stone. The picture associations and personal vocal pronunciations make you see and interpret all aspects of the language. I love this program and would recommend it to anyone!
April 15, 2010
Good but wish it included translation
I understand that the philosophy is to learn a language the way children do, by hearing and speaking. But my brain isn't 2 anymore, soaking up info like a sea sponge, nor am I constantly immersed in it like a baby would be. Translations (this means this) would help me to learn the mechanics of the language a lot better. Each language orders things a little differently. For instance, blue table is mesa azul in Spanish, the noun and descriptor reversed.
Other than that, I'm enjoying the program and am making up my own flash cards so I can practice.
April 9, 2010
Gaelic is a difficult language to learn. I have tried three (3) other products before getting Rosetta Stone - what a waste of money. Rosetta Stone makes this language EASY. It is absolutely wonderful. I find that I'm retaining what I am learning and the program is fun and entertaining. It's never boring and the visuals are the key, I believe, for easy learning. I've almost conquered Level 1 and will be looking forward to Level 2 in the near future.
April 8, 2010
Let's be serious - learning Irish is extremely useless for the vast majority of people, myself included. However, I have not a single regret about this purchase. It's fun, it's challenging, and it doesn't even feel like learning. Regardless of which language you choose (I love Irish and Russian!), you will pick up vocabulary and basic grammar within a matter of minutes. I've spent the last 7 years in both high school and college learning Spanish (in Honors and AP courses). This program taught me more in a week than in my first 3 years of Spanish combined! I just wish I had enough money to continually feed my Rosetta Stone addiction.
April 7, 2010
EVERYONE'S IRISH ON 3/17
We love the Irish Rosetta Stone and are taking turns in the family with the package. The simple to follow, computer based program is a delightful way to learn. We expect to go to Ireland in a year or so and want to be able to pronounce names well, as well as understand the basics of Gaelic. Great for the Irish "singers" in the family, too, to better pronounce and understand the lyrics of some old gaelic favorites.
April 7, 2010
Couldn't have learned any other way
This is the only language I have tried to learn using Rosetta Stone. Other languages may be more intuitive, but I found that I needed to augment RS with a book of Irish grammar and an Irish-English dictionary. The grammar, syntax, spelling and pronunciation in Irish is very different from English, and some aspects of the language, like initial mutations and their causes, are completely bewildering unless you have a good grammar book that explains it (or grew up speaking it).
That said, I cannot imagine trying to learn this language any other way. It is actually fun. You will learn a lot of words very easily. The pacing is generally very good, RS makes you walk before you can run. The listening and repeating function is the only way I could have learned to pronounce these words. And with just a little outside research the grammar will start to make sense. It is probably the closest you can come to having a private tutor without having a private tutor.
I don't learn languages easily, but for what it's worth, I'm through Level 1 and am now on Level 2.
April 7, 2010
I purchased the Level I Irish software to help me get a handle on pronunciation before attending an Irish weekend workshop. I'm not good with foreign languages, and had trouble absorbing much of anything from the other software & books I'd tried. It gave me a lot of confidence for things to FINALLY start sticking in my head with Rosetta Stone. I definitely recommend the software, however (a) I wish the price was more affordable, and (b) the software really needs to come with grammar explanations for those of us who need a literal translation as a final step in the learning process. I get why it's not part of the primary program approach, but there ought to be a separate grammar guide, keyed to each lesson in the software, maybe even optional/separate. It could have literal translations of words, along with some info about the word roots/relationships (the type of information you get in a live class) that helps students remember. Without such a guide, the software really has its limitations.
Aside from that, I'm pleased.
August 5, 2009
i bought the gaelic irish version rosetta and and i am amazed at it's results i have learned an immense amount of information and im completely satisfied with the results the language is generally very difficult to understand yet this program has made the language much easier
July 14, 2009
An ancient language still alive today!
The Rosetta Stone language course is a bridge between nations. It makes a language that one might not have the opportunity to learn, accessible and easy. The irish language is a difficult one yet so beautiful. The Rosetta Stone makes it a simple process to learn words and phrasing and begin to not only understand the language but also begin to use it. I look forward to mastering Level One and beginnning Levels Two and Three. No language should ever die out and thanks to Rosetta Stone, Gaelic will be around for many more centuries to come.
March 13, 2009
Next Best Thing to Being There
These lessons are fun -- the best way to start my day! I'm saving my pennies to buy the rest of the series. My goal is to return to Ireland, and to impress all my friends. Many natives are taking out-of-school lessons in Irish themselves. Of course, they've already got the right accent!
March 12, 2009
I had been trying to find a fool-proof method for learning Irish for years with no success. From what found, I concluded that Irish is an incredibly difficult language to learn. When I heard Rosetta Stone had come out with a program for the Irish Language, I purchased it immediately. It has been about seven months and I know so much Irish (or Gaeilge) that I'm planning a trip to Ireland so I can show off my new skills. No matter what language, Rosetta Stone works. Thats the bottom line.
March 10, 2009