Korean Level 1, 2 & 3
I've tried different ways to learn Korean, but this seems to be the best. I do wish it began the lessons with learning about the characters and I wish it also had the romanization of the Korean characters so that we can read how to pronounce the words as we learn.
December 7, 2012
Wow! Just Wow!!
I purchased the Rosetta Stone Korean course because I have recently become infatuated with Korean culture. My teenage daughter and I enjoy watching Korean dramas and listening to Kpop. I thought it would be really great to not have to read the subtitles. Right from the very first few lessons, I was able to start picking out some words that I recognized, and I had lots of fun with the lessons. The online Totale program is a great addition to the cd's I bought. I hardly even realize that I'm learning. I'm looking forward to Levels 4 and 5 coming out someday!!
November 29, 2012
Little by Little
We have lived in Korea for several years and started many times to do beginner's level studies in Korean language. We work with an English speaking ministry/organization, so with the VERY busy schedule AND the use of English most of the time, we had to force ourselves to set aside time to study Korean. It seemed like each school year would start out the same way. After the beginning of the school year busyness was past, there would be a lull of sorts and not as busy, so we started the Korean class....everyone eventually got busy, so it got interrupted and put on hold....again and again. Year after year, it would be the same. We picked up a lot of phrases and vocabulary over the years, but nothing organized enough to really get a handle on the language. This year we are on sabbatical and decided to focus on language study more effectively. We decided to try Rosetta Stone. We have been doing the 90 days of free online access (which ran out today!). It has really helped to supplement the bits and pieces of language we have learned. It also helps because it is pretty thorough in that it requires you to read, speak, listen, AND write. The writing was the hardest because it meant we had to really understand the breakdown of syllables that were previously blended and not distinguishable. It has also helped me get a better grasp of the spelling and grammar. I have a long way to go, but God willing, by the time we get back to Korea next summer, we will be better able to communicate with our friends and neighbors in our community and in business dealings. I also really hope to be able to help translate for other expats who have no time for language study.
November 29, 2012
Rosetta Stone ideal for tackling Korean
I am a native speaker of English and speak Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese fluently. I decided to study Korean because of the new agreements between South Korea and various South American countries and purchased Rosetta Stone Korean (Levels 1-3). (I had previously purchased Rosetta Stone Mandarin and was thrilled with the program.) Of the languages I have encountered, I have found Korean to be, by far, the most difficult. I highly recommend beginning your study of Korean with Rosetta Stone, though I hope that the company also has plans of developing levels 4-5 in order to develop a more complete dominion of the language. If you are serious about learning Korean, the investment in Rosetta Stone Korean will definitely pay off!
November 28, 2012
I am really enjoying using Rosetta Stone - Korean. I have enjoyed using the program and like the format of the course. I have spent a large amount of time in Korea and can read Hangul which has made using the program a little easier. I imagine for a person without a knowledge of the Korean alphabet the course might be a bit more challenging. However they would be able to learn the writing and reading component farly quickly.
November 28, 2012
Very effective source to learn Korean!
It is a very, very useful source to learn Korean. Nearly finishing just the first level, I am recognizing words I learned in Korean dramas that I watch. They go through a good repetitive system to get it into your head with only pictures and speech, which surprisingly works excellent.
The only problems I tend to have with it, is that it kind of expects you to learn their writing system (which is the only way they teach you) VERY quickly. If I hadn't learned the writing system earlier through other supplement sources, I would have had much more problems, leading to probable frustration.
Another problem was if you stopped taking Rosetta Stone for a week or longer, it became kind of hard to resume where you started, and I had to backtrack a few, but it was easy to re-pick-up again!
Overall great product, hopefully they can teach the writing system more efficiently, though. I recommend!
November 28, 2012
DO NOT BUY!
I bought this program because I’m going to go to Korea in a few months, and everyone in my family knows Korean except for me. They would always say something funny, and I’d ask “what?” and my mom would say “oh, nothing.” So, when I first installed the program, it kept telling me the program wasn’t installing, so I had to install it again… and again… and again, until finally, it started working. Then, when I first opened the software, it taught me to say “hello.” So, what’s the most LOGICAL thing to learn after “hello?” “How are you?” right? WRONG! After learning how to say hello, Rosetta Stone taught me how to say “juice.” JUICE. Now, where is the word “juice” going to get me? NOWHERE! I then completed the first lesson and moved on to pronunciation, and what was the first thing it asked me to pronounce? Correct! JUICE! This, once again, frustrated me, as the word “juice” is not exactly the most functional word in a language or the most common word in my vocabulary. So when the computer asked me to say the word “juice” (ju-suh) I did the most logical thing, mimicked the computer. And it said I pronounced it WRONG! Now, like I said before, my entire family is Korean, and I KNOW what a Korean accent sounds like, so don’t tell me I’m just being full of myself. So, I tried it again. “Ju-suh.” “Ju-suh.” It said I was wrong, so I tried a Japanese accent. “Ju-su.” “Ju-su.” Still didn’t work; I began screaming into the microphone. “JU-SUH!” “JU-SUH!!!” Finally, I got so fed up I decided to rebel against the machine and used an ugly southern accent. “Jew-soo.” And guess what? It said I pronounced it CORRECTLY. What. The. HECK?! I pronounce it correctly about a million times, and when I HORRIBLY mispronounce it, Rosetta Stone said I was RIGHT! If you’re thinking about buying this software, DON’T. It’s a complete WASTE of MONEY and TIME.
October 6, 2012
What you put in is what you get out!
I have read all of the previous reviews and agree with everyone. The one component or theme with all appears to be that hard work is needed. Learning any thing new, especially a new language is not the easiest thing to do. This seems to be more true as time has gotten away from some of us in the scheme of life. I've been trying to learn the Korean language for many years in an inconsistent manner. Rosetta Stone has given me a strategic direction, solid learning foundation, and as close to one to one dialog as can be (as of the 21st century anyway). While my wife is Korean, and have been going to a Korean Church for the last 25 years, I'm finding the solid learning process is even more difficult (but fun). I've been able to read and write Hangul for a lot of years which was extremely valuable in this course. I would recommend all who embark on this course learn and practice the Korean alphabet prior to starting. At least a basic understanding of the sound of each character. I know that this is the one of the main things that assisted me in quick progression and understanding. While I'm not advocating for any product or company, there are a few organizations our there that do a pretty good job of teaching the Hangul alphabet (but then that's all they seem to do or can do). Rosetta stone Korean Level 1, 2, 3 is about the learning which I am so appreciative. I am getting close to finishing all levels, and I know if I continue it will happen. This is something that will not happen over night. I gauge my progress by the year and by interaction. While taking courses on line is a great way to learn, one has to use the new skills in real live dialog as well. I knows the concept sounds so basic; social interaction and dialog seems to seat the learning process in a correct way. Funny how that works. The other tip is practice, practice, practice. I guess that's why they call it language immersion. Like anything new, mastering something takes time and patience. That's the hardest thing of all.
June 11, 2012
I think this product was very helpful, in the long run at least. I had been learning Korean at an awfully slow pace and I wanted to learn more quickly. I tried Rosetta Stone and it was very fun and addicting! I wanted to keep going and going but my time in a school period is only so long...The only thing that is troublesome is had I not learned to read Korean before I got to use this program, I would've been completely lost. All the slides are in Korean so if you can't read it, then you're gonna have trouble knowing which is which when it comes to reading and it would be especially hard when it comes to the writing section. But all in all, the program was very helpful and has helped a bunch with my Korean vocabulary!
June 6, 2012
I plan to study abroad in Korea and wanted to get as much of an intro to the language as I could. The games are fun and the lessons are addicting. I have only been using the product for a couple of months but I have learned a lot. Just make sure that you work on it constantly, because you will retain more the more you use it. There is a bit of a lack of community interaction, as I have never been able to find a partner for a Simbio or Duo game. Also, some concepts are hard to express in pictures, so you may want to use a dictionary if there is a word or phrase you dont understand.
May 12, 2012
Overall this program is very good. The visuals and games are nice for absorbing vocabulary and syntax- both of which are presented in a natural and usually clear way. It may require some effort to figure out what a grammatical structure means sometimes but I have found that this helps me to learn better in the end. It certainly would help to at least familiarize yourself with hangeul before starting, but I found the option to do all the writing and reading exercises invaluable in the beginning and I very quickly learned to read hangeul. The studio sessions are fantastic are definitely the most valuable aspect of Totale. My only real complaints are that Rosetta Stone Korean lacks levels 4 and 5 and that it only really teaches the 해요체 (polite) speech level. I would love to see Rosetta Stone Korean expand in the scope of proficiency it teaches in the future. All in all the best option for learning korean, totally worth the investment.
April 12, 2012
Hoping it's going to be worth the money
first of all I know Korean is a difficult language to learn; but I really hoped Rosetta Stone would make it a little less so. I myself had to get a Korean-English dictionary along with the software since it's difficult to pronounce the words. Basically, if you need some kind of language visual to learn then Rosetta Stone is not for you. When they say deep immersion that mean it.
August 9, 2011
My wife wanted to learn Korean before our trip to visit family this summer, and I had no idea where she should start. I bought her the combined Levels 1, 2 & 3 for Valentine's Day, and, in her own words, the program "is pretty addicting." The format doesn't allow her intelligence to learn by memorizing, and while she won't be fluent by summer, the exposure has been priceless. Outside any structure class or course locally, we couldn't ask for more.
April 9, 2011
In an overall experience I had with rosetta stone I was able to memorize and learn new information about Korea add its culture. I take classes on Korean but with the help of rosetta stone and the way it taught me in repetition allowed me to speak Korean with more contidence. At first I thought this product was very useless because it only taught me sentence structure rather than word by word definition, but I soon realized the pictures and the situation it represented gave me the breakdown of each individual word. Buying this product was the best thing i have done so far and here's hoping for better decisions in the future. Thank you rosetta stone.
April 7, 2011
When i saw this online, i was shocked about it's price because it was so expensive and I do not own any previous versions of it, so i do not know how it works or was it worth buying. I decided to buy the 1,2,3 set of the korean version because I was interested in learning all the languages of Asia, and I wanted to travel all over Asia and communicate with people with their native languages. I started to learn in just the first chapters of the software, and already knew basic words and greetings in korean. I believe that this software is worth buying because you can learn many things out of it in just the first lessons that you will take. So do not hesitate to buy this software because you will a lot of things from it, and your knowledge will stay in you forever.
October 25, 2010
Awesome Tool at Great Price
I really am thankful that I was able to find a language product that is simple to use, easy to understand, and I'm able to fit this program into my own schedule! The quality of this product tops all competitors, I have not seen a product that is able to provide the essential tools needed to develop my language skills to meet my professional goals (Korean).
April 8, 2010
I have been using the program for 1 month and I am very pleased with my progress. The program is structured to give novist like my self immediate gratification of sucess which keeps you coming back for more. The only negative issue that I have had is that there is not a lot of explanations given as far as grammer is concerned so fortunatly for me I have Korean speaking friends that help me further my understanding of some of the grammer issues I was having. Other than that I think it is an outstanding program.
April 7, 2010
Amazing Resource for the Learner!
I have been traveling the world since I was a boy. Sure, I learned Spanish in school, but when traveling in the East, it doesn't do you a lot of good. I've been a Rosetta Stone user for a couple of years, and when I decided to move to Seoul, South Korea, I knew I had to get the Korean Language edition.
I've been fortunate to have seen Rosetta Stone grow through versions 1 and 2. Korean Language Version 3 software is amazing. It blows anything and everything out of the water. I have been amazed at how easy it is to immediately I was able to start using my new language.
The integrated speaking portions in the lesson, really help you master the pronunciation of Korean, and before you know it, you'll be out speaking with the locals.
If you're going to be in South Korea, do yourself a favor, pick up Rosetta Stone's Korean Language program. You won't regret it!
April 7, 2010
Although I am of Korean descent, i cannot read or write, speak a little, and can basically only understand spoken korean. After just several lessons, i already began to understand the alphabet and writing concepts. I have not finished the whole set, but i believe at the end of it i will be fairly fluent in the language. The refresher courses are also very useful, in case you had forgotten previous lessons.
April 7, 2010
You determine your goals.
I need to keep this short, so you can start purchasing if you would like. With anything you learn you have to work at it and this is no different. If you do not donate a significant amount of time learning your desired language with this software, you will not learn anything. The times I spend an hour or so a day learning, I usually remember, but when I only sit for fifteen minutes, my retention is not as high. The software is easy to use and actually pretty fun at the same time. I only give it four stars since I would like to see more of an online community for the program.
April 7, 2010
Totally Worth it!
I am marrying a man from Korea and being from South America is definately a disadvantage with the in-laws ;). Even though we all speak English, I could not felt but left out every time the family spoke Korean. After I bought the Rosetta Stone I feel not only more comfortable with the situation but I trully believe that I can speak the language, and hope to be fluent in the near future. Thanks Rosetta Stone!
April 7, 2010
I completely enjoy using my Rosetta Stone. It has been easy and fun to use and I can do it on my own time, wherever and whenever. The best part is that I can go back and do a lesson over to clarify or just to review, so I never lose touch with the language.
April 7, 2010
Like Being There
Over 30 years ago I studied Korean at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) and spent several years in country with Military Intelligence. However, since then, I have spoken very little and read even less Korean. I needed a refresher in the language for a project with my company so I got Rosetta Stone. I am very glad that I did. This is just like being back on the streets of Seoul.
July 30, 2009
I am a 50 year old dentist. For ten years I have been desperately trying to learn Korean. However, no matter how I tried, I was unable to comprehend anything. I tried many books, tutors, cd's, and tapes... all to no avail. For some reason, my mind was unable to retain the words. Connections between the words and their meanings were nonexistent, my pronunciation was horrible, and I could not comprehend anything when it was spoken. I was ready to give up in frustration when a friend suggested Rosetta Stone. I was rather unsure.. After all, the other programs had failed.. However, I was willing to try once more.. From the very beginning, I found Rosetta Stone to be very interesting and even fun! With pictures and repetition, I was quickly able to retain the meaning of each word. It was almost like a game and I found myself greatly enjoying my daily lessons instead of dreading them. Within a month, I have learned much more than what I acquired in 10 years! My pronunciation has greatly improved, I now know the meaning of hundreds of words, and korean people can actually understand a full sentence of mine! I am extremely grateful to Rosetta Stone for creating a program that can actully teach me in a fun, creative, interesting way! Soon I may be able to speak fluently! I am very thrilled at the opportunities Rosetta Stone has opened to me.. Thank you.
July 15, 2009
This is the best program I have ever used in my life. I never expected to learn a language like Korean that is nothing like English at all, in such a short time. It's amazing. If you want to learn a language, Rosetta Stone is the way to go. Nothing beats it. I had formal classroom professors trying to teach me Spanish which is said to be one of the easiest for English speakers to learn, no. I still barely know any vocabulary and it was a waste of my time. I'm so much better off and have learned more with Rosetta stone than I ever could have with the formal university education system. Nothing compares. Rosetta Stone is the way to go.
July 12, 2009
Rosetta Stone is a great way to quickly learn the basics of a language. I found the adaptive recall portion of the software particularly useful in reinforcing past lessons.
Perhaps one thing that could be added is a text box (or "pre-lesson") that could be referred to that helps explain some of the grammatical nuances of the lessons.
July 12, 2009
Rosetta Stone will save you time and frustration!
Rosetta Stone eliminates so many of the stumbling blocks that I once regarded as intrinsic obstacles in the process of learning a language. I took language courses in college and like most, I came away from those classes with only some vocabulary memorized that would do very little to help me actually speak the new dialect. Because Rosetta Stone's curriculum taps into the brain's natural hard wiring for learning to speak a new language, the process is fluid. Additionally, the software focuses on the areas in which I struggled more to help bolster my new skills. Finally, the manner in which the software reinforces what has already been covered when exploring new material creates a foundation for success. Learning a language with Rosetta Stone is just a matter of time, not luck as I once thought.
July 10, 2009
Review of Rosetta Stone Korean 1,2 & 3
This is a very good series. My two daughters are learning on it, and it is a good use of their time. I highly recommend it, as it progresses very naturally with different levels.
July 10, 2009
Helpful and intuitive program
I've used many diferent programs to help me learn a language and I have to admit that I'm a bit of a lazy learner, which means I need a lo of motivation to sit down and learn.
I know that I'm not the only person like this. As a language trainer I keep on seeing this with my students who say the main problem is that they are not able to practice the spoken language in any way.
With Rosettastone I find that you do have the ability to practice the speaking part and find out if the pronunciation is correct. Also I like the approach that you intuitavely learn new words through repeated use and through pictures. It is like learning a language like a child, no complex grammar terminology and interacitve so you learn without too much effort.
July 9, 2009
Quick & Easy!
I had my doubts about this and other software. But the Rosetta Stone was so easy and FUN to learn! Within 3 weeks I was able to hold a good conversation with something in Korean! Great Buy!
July 9, 2009