Swedish Level 1
Great Learning Experience
Rosetta Stone is by far the best way to learn a new language before going to another country. Using the program is like preparing to immerse yourself into the culture and work on comprehension of the language.
November 28, 2012
It does what it offers
I have played around with earlier versions of Rosetta Stone in the past. Rosetta Stone is the best way to learn a new language. If you wish to learn Swedish, then this is the place to start your adventure! At the moment, I attend Rutgers University in New Jersey. I learned most of my French there. Trust me--- it is much better to learn a language without translations.
Translations ruin the whole point of learning a language. In English, we say "What's up." The Franch say "Ça va?," which literally means "that goes?." Most native english speakers think that learning a new language is only learning the different words, but never is that the case. Different languages utilize different grammar structures and different idioms and phrases to express the same idea. Immerse yourself without the translations. Think about this: do you think in another language before you can finally structure your english sentences? Nope!
When I learned Swedish through Rosetta Stone, my family was baffled by what I could say in Swedish. Not only is one learning a new language, one is more-so learning analytical skills in learning a language. A foreign language can also help you speak concisely in your native tongue. I know with French especially, I can now write more concisely and with less ambiguity (this is because most foreign languages--- especially the romantic languages--- must order and agree their sentences with gender, plural-ness, DO/IO order, etc.) Don't expect to become fluent using Rosetta Stone solely. Try to find a pen-pal or a native speaker in town. Rosetta Stone will surely give you the skills to become one step away from being fluent. A language class at a state university is about 1100--- for one class. Rosetta Stone will allow you to skip two or three of these classes (about 3300 saved!).
September 27, 2011
Hard to use
This product lacks explanation. In many cases I was unsure of what was being asked of me and stopped in frustration several times. My microphone broke and they (very nicely) sent me another at no cost, but now the second one does not work. I keep it in the box while not in use, so I cannot imagine any damage that could have been done to it.
April 10, 2011
Wish I had bought this years ago!
I hated studying a foreign language in high school and after an entire school year, I still couldn't speak it. I've always been fascinated in the Scandinavian countries and recently decided to learn Swedish. No special reason...I looked at it as a new hobby.
I ordered Swedish Level I and am amazed at how quickly I caught on and after just 3 of the 4 units in Level 1, I can speak and understand more than I ever imagined. I even do Sudoku puzzles thinking the numbers in Swedish instead of English. My friends think I'm crazy, but Rosetta Stone makes language learning fun! And I highly recommend using the audio companion CD's.
I can't wait to order Levels 2 and 3.
My daughter also did Rosetta Stone German for her homeschooling.
If you want to learn a foreign language, Rosetta Stone is the only way to go.
April 10, 2011
Immersion is the only true way
Swedish was my 4th language, but my first language with Rosetta Stone. Besides english I spoke Spanish and Japanese. I learned Japanese through sheer exposure and immersion, and that's how Rosetta Stone taught me Swedish. Rosetta Stone shows you pictures of new words instead of translating, so you can focus only on your new language, which is one of the ways you are immersed. Swedish is a mild language, because it's
Germanic/Nordic, so some english letters make different sounds, unlike Japanese, which doesn't use letters, so when translated Japanese is spelled how it sounds. Swedish is easier than older languages, such as Arabic and Greek.
April 27, 2010
Both of my sons spent their senior years of high school studying abroad...one in Turkey (1998) and one in Sweden (1999). When they came home, I was in awe of their language fluency.
From 1994 - 2000, I served as an Advisor to International Students at a small liberal arts college. I was exposed to students from all over the world. I was in awe of their multiple language abilities. I became very good friends with a Swedish student.
Because of the mentioned influences in my life, I promised myself someday I would learn a second language. Because my one son is fluent in Swedish and I have a close Swedish friend who I visit in Sweden every 2 years, it seemed logical that Swedish would be the choice.
So, here I am learning Swedish. I will be visiting Sweden in September. My goal is two fold. The first goal is to get off the plane and be able to greet my friend in her native language. The second is to be able to pick up the phone, call my son, and begin a conversation in Swedish.
I am so pleased with my progression at this point. This has been a life long dream influenced by my sons and many international students.
Finally I'm taking the time. Finally I will be bilingual. After this the sky is the limit. Next, I would love to learn Turkish so I could have conversations with my other son in Turkish.
Thank you for opening the door to new worlds.
April 13, 2010
Swedish Level 1
Worked quite well. I learned everything in the level in less than 2 weeks. I do think that it is a bit overpriced for such basic material.
April 7, 2010
Best language teacher ever
I have always struggled learning a language in a classroom setting, whether it be Spanish in high school or French in college. I learn better visually and by listening and had struggled when the teachers would move the classroom forward based on the progress of the best students in the class who could learn quickly out of a book. My boyfriend is Swedish and after spending the holidays with his family, I really wanted to learn Swedish to feel more apart of the family. He got me Rosetta Stone as a gift (one of my farvorite presents) and I get excited to practice each lesson and learn something new! The lessons are like a stepping stone, each lesson builds from the last, and I can remeber what I learned the previous lesson, since many of your senses (site and hearing) are involved while learning. I highly recommend this program to adults who are trying to learn a new language. Tack så mycket, Rosetta Stone!
April 7, 2010
I was very skeptical going into this course; sure I had heard great things, but I had also heard bad things. I knew that no matter what I would learn some Swedish; I just didn't know /how/ much. Well, to my surprise, I am learning so much! This program is so fun and engaging and it also is very rewarding. I love the speech feature because it gives me the confidence I need to practice my Swedish outside my home; as when learning languages, it is often hard to pronounce things right and so it's just too embarrassing to practice.
After just the first level, I have had so many Finnish people come up to me and tell me that I speak better Swedish than them, and Swedish is the second language of Finland! Overall I am very satisfied with this program. Though it may not make me fluent, it gives me the basics and allows me to build upon it with each lesson. At times, during the beginning, I felt discouraged because the lessons were rather basic; but it was something I needed, and the time went by so quickly that in a months time I could write various sentences without having to look them up or translate them!
While I think this product is great, I also agree that you must have the motivation; many people don't get much out of this because they think it is an easy way. Don't get me wrong, it is easier and more fun than the traditional way, but you still need to put forth effort.
Jag tycker om den här produkten! Tack så mycket Rosetta Stone.
October 1, 2009
A Great Foundation
I purchased Swedish Level 1 in the hopes that it would provide me with some 'travelers phrases' and basics to help me through a Swedish vacation. I would not say it did that, BUT the amount of information I absorbed was astounding. My Swedish boyfriend could not believe how much I had learned in only 1 hour and retained thereafter. The pronounciation guides and exercises were particularly helpful, especially for a language like Swedish where sounds are not necessarily the same aaccording to English alphabet and there are additional letters that do not exist in English.
I would recommend Rosetta Stone over and over again and I look forward to continuing my language practice. I would love to have the series for my family's Indian language-- Telegu.
July 26, 2009
I received Rosetta Stone as a Christmas present to help me as I plan to study abroad in Sweden.
Rosetta Stone has helped me learn a new language that I never thought of learning six months ago! The program feels like it takes you back in time as an infant. It shows you pictures and THEN tells you what the word is just as it was learning your primary language!
I would also like to thank my parents for giving me this gift. Without it, I wouldn't be confident about studying in Sweden!
March 13, 2009
A sound way to learn swedish
This is my first time leaning a foreign language, and as I have been working through the lessons, I'm finding that my comprehension of Swedish is both improving and I'm retaining what I have learned. I'm currently halfway through the course, and I'm beginning to find that I understand the Swedish spoken on the cd without my having to mentally translate into English.
I'm looking forward to completing Swedish Level 1, and then moving on to Level 2. I would recommend Rosetta Stone to anyone who is wanting to learn another language.
March 11, 2009
The way to learn a language
Rosetta stone helped me to get settled in my first month in Sweden. It is not only a fun program to use , but very efficient to pick up a language fast. I am now introduced this program to the non native speaker in my Institute . I am glad to have come across Rosetta since I would not had the time and patient to learn the language at a night school. I can highly recommend it!
March 11, 2009