Korean Level 1
Valuable tool, but effort still required
I am a non-native speaker who has been learning Korean for almost two years. When I bought Rosetta Stone, I could only read the Hangul script and say a few phrases. Looking back on the last two years of learning, I can say Rosetta Stone was a huge help in getting me started in developing real language skills.
I must stress to all those considering buying the software, it alone will NOT teach you a language. Especially one as difficult as Korean, Arabic, or Mandarin. It is, however, an extremely useful resource to be used in conjunction with other resources. So don't be enchanted onto thinking all you do is pop it in your disk drive and immediately learn a language. Effort is still required.
But now, nearly two years after buying the software, I would absolutely buy it again for another language.
February 28, 2012
Learn the Korean Alphabet First!
I'm 15 and am a huge fan of Korean Dramas and Kpop, yet I don't speak any Korean; unless you count the words I've picked up. I have a large desire to learn this language and, for fun, decided to learn the Korean Alphabet. This was the best thing I could have done because now its easy for me to look at the symbols and quickly decipher it into the romanized version. I am planning on buying this lesson in the summer and knowing the alphabet will help me tremendously, especially because in the lessons, they give you the symbols... not the romanized version. Basically, you will become overwhelmed, thinking "How in the world am I going to remember these symbols!?", when all you will have to remember are the sounds each symbol gives. There are only about 40 in total and they are very easy to remember. So all in all, learn before starting, you will find that it makes everything much easier.
March 3, 2012
Korean Level 1 with Audio Companion™
This program has given me a terrific start. I love the fact that it is available for me when I can attend to it. It strike me as being similar to distance learning but without the pressure. I would recommend this highly to others who are seeking to learn Korean.
April 9, 2010
Helpful Tool and Good Gift
I gave Korean Level 1 to my 25 year old son for Christmas. He was adopted from Korea as a baby but now he has a Korean girlfriend who moved here from Seoul 11 years ago. He wants to speak Korean with her. Her parents still live in Korea but they speak little English. He wants to be able to communicate with them when they call on the phone and when they visit this spring. He has had great fun with the Rosetta Stone product and has learned a great deal. He automatically speaks many phrases and questions to the girlfriend and it sounds great!
This was a great gift and we may have to get Level 2 for his birthday!
April 8, 2010
great supplement to class
I took a class at the community center and used my Rosetta Stone as a supplement. The visual aid was great for memorizing phrases and it was a good reinforcement of the lessons learned in class. The only reason I gave one less star than perfect is because sometimes it was hard to hear what the audio companion was saying.
April 7, 2010
I am going to Korea on the 19th of April for a cultural exchange for a month. I wanted to learn as much as I could prior to leaving out of courtesy. RosettaStone is excellent at first. I like the way it works even though I had to repeat several of the lessons. The reviews are good also (adaptive recall). Once I moved into the second series of lessons (greetings), it moves so fast it is hard to break down sentences. With only a picture sound or text relationship, a lot of information gets lost. Reference: when learning family relationships, it moves so fast and you only have a picture to look at. It's not clear what they are trying to get you to learn. I've used it for months now, I'm not illiterate, it is just hard.
Once again, I think it is great in the beginning but gets hard to figure out what they are implying later. A simple arrow or explanation that this is a younger brother or older sister, or grandmother would help.
The audio tape work OK if you understand what they are saying.
Three more comments:
1) Foreign languages have different sentence structures then we do. It is not explained because there is no instruction, it is simply pictures, sounds, and text.
2) I'm over 60, so I'm sure that didn't help.
3) Do the whole thing in terms of reading, writing, etc. Writing or understanding the actual alphabet helps.
April 7, 2010
As someone else who tried RosettaStone told me "Their philosophy is that we should learn as we did as a baby, but we aren't BABIES any longer, we're ADULTS and cannot go back!"
I agree. 100% immersion does NOT work for me and I find your products (for Korean and Japanese) completely impossible to use.
April 7, 2010
Best language tool I've used
I am half Korean, but haven't spoken the language in over 25 years. My goal is to relearn my native tongue and I've tried multiple products over the years ranging from books to tapes to podcasts. This tool has been the best tool I've used by far. I love that there is no romanisation, instead you are exposed to the Hangul alphabet right out of the gate. By the time you get to the reading section, the alphabet isn't so foreign anymore and comprehension comes quickly. Learning is rather organic and you are comprehending before you realize it. The interface is intuitive and the help section flashes if the software things you need it. All in all, I can't wait to buy the remaining levels.
August 24, 2009
I was so looking forward to learning some Korean before I took my daughter back to her place of birth. Unfortunately, it was extremely difficult because all of the written language was in Korean characters leaving me unable to even attempt to pronounce the words and phrases. What a disappointment for the both of us!!!!
March 14, 2009
So I bought the Korean 1 for my fiance for Christmas 08. She is Korean born but was adopted at the age of 18mths so there never was much Korean learned and whatever was formed was then taken away when her American adoptive parents brought her back to the states. She has used it repeatedly and although she gets confused with some things it doesn't take her long with repetition with the program to get it down. She sometimes tells me what items are around the house in Korean so I couldn't be happier that she has gotten part of her heritage back that was lost and stuff she never had.
I have tried the program myself and although I have not used it much I still remember things from my 2 short "trial runs" through it. I love that it is not super critical of the pronunciation of words and phrases as it would really discourage me from using it more. I think that I am really destroying phrases but it accepts it as close enough.
Great program and I plan on getting the other levels.
March 12, 2009