Swedish Level 1, 2 & 3
Good program, but lacks in places
Overall Rosetta Stone is a revolutionary way to learn a language, you can successfully learn something with this program without having to do it the old way of memorization and regurgitation. Although this program is not without faults. When it comes to the speech recognition what I have experienced so far is sub-par I don't quite understand why it won't recognize my pronunciation of Swedish words on regular difficulty, but it will recognize my pronunciation of Chinese words on near maximum difficulty. Being a native English speaker Swedish should be easier then Chinese, but i find Chinese easier than Swedish on this program. Another fault is the extreme lack of vocabulary. When using this program I don't feel like i am really learning much, and for the price I'd expect to learn a lot. After going through levels 1 and 2 i can barely communicate with a native Swedish speaker, and am not confident enough to engage in a full Swedish conversation. My grammar feels a bit weak as well, seeing as how you don't need to conjugate in the Swedish language it feels a bit different, and confusing, and Rosetta Stone just doesn't cover it. There should also be direct translations of sentences so that if you don't understand something you don't need to go to Google Translate to find out what it means. Other than that it's a great program, but not worth $400.
April 2, 2013
I have found that your Swedish/Svensk Rosetta Stone program has been very helpful at teaching me to speak a language I've wanted to learn for many years!
I haven't completed it,as I'm on the first level,but I'm most confident that on completion of all 3 levels,I'll be fluent in Swedish!
November 30, 2012
I'm Really Learning It!
The Rosetta Stone course is fun to do and great for learning to understand the language. The studio sessions are hard, but also fun, and are making me feel like I am starting to speak the language as well. I can hardly wait to try it out in Sweden next spring.
November 29, 2012
Aiding a Transatlantic Love
Far into learning a new language, something curious occurs: you may master a reasonable large vocabulary and the intricacies of its grammar, but not until a language genuinely extends one's emotions, does it truly resonate as one’s own.
My girlfriend told me how Swedes often use English when they wish to be less serious. They don't want to "comitta" to a dinner out, and are quicker to blurt out "I love you" in lieu of offering the rare Swedish "jag älskar dig".
It's well known that Swedes speak good English. But to navigate Sweden in English alone, still makes you the perpetual tourist.
There are always the grandmothers who keep confidently looking at you and repeating what they just said in plain Swedish; the dinner parties where the surrounding conversations fade back to Swedish; and the freshly minted tabloid words staring at you from yellow billboards. You need to understand that "kanelbullar" are somehow different from "cinnamon buns". And you need, of course, to understand what that really special Swede says when she actually does want to be serious.
November 29, 2012
Rosetta Stone makes learning fun. I took a trip to Sweden when I had only been able to get into the first few lessons and I was pleasantly surprised when in the airport I was able to figure out some of the signs in Swedish with the little I had already covered. I am going back soon and have gotten a lot further with Rosetta Stone now, so I am looking forward to using what I have learned. Having some understanding of the language makes traveling to the country much less fearful. Also using the Rosetta Stone on line options, particularly being able to speak with a native speaker, is very helpful and fun.
November 29, 2012
As a proud Grandpa, I have found I am willing to go to any lengths to be able to talk to my grandkids. Since I have two swedish grandkids, I knew I would have to learn swedish. Thanks to Rosetta Stone I am finally able to understand more every time I talk to them and am having fun learning a new language even at my age. Yep, being a Grandpa is a great job if you can get the work.
November 28, 2012
An excelent interactive learning system, helping first of all the understanding of the language!
November 28, 2012
I only used Rosetta Stone Swedish for 60 days, because I needed it to go to Sweden. While that seems like a waste of money to pay for the annual online subscription, after finish level 1 and starting level 2, I felt like it was not a waste of money at all. I learned so much Swedish in 60 days, it is incredible. I am a language lover and try to learn multiple languages, and I am planning to use RS from here out to learn languages. The only thing I will say is to buy a grammar book (which I did) when using RS because it does lack in teaching grammar. Other than that, I love RS! Tack!
September 30, 2012
I bought Rosetta Stone , as my husband is swedish and wanted to communicate with him in Swedish and maek sure my kids will learn it as well. I love the process and it is so easy to learn
April 23, 2011
Amazing online language coaches
I had studied six languages previously, all in classroom settings, but I don't have time to go to classes any more, and I bought Rosetta Stone because it fits into my schedule. I just assumed the learning would never be as good as in a real classroom, but here's what I found out during Level 1:
1. The immersion in the new language is total, and it's an overwhelming experience. That had never happened to me so early on in my previous classes.
2. I usually pick up new languages quickly, and with Rosetta Stone I can move forward at my own pace. It made me remember how much time I spent in classrooms waiting for fellow students who were learning more slowly.
3. Last and best: The studio session coaches were a complete surprise - they maintain complete immersion and they use everything a classroom teacher would: pictures, writing, gestures, facial expressions, repeating or emphasizing speech. And I've worked with Support staff to schedule sessions with three different coaches, which exposes me to their different accents and speech patterns.
April 16, 2011
I have never really been able to learn another language with any sort of proficiency before, even by studying languages in school. Rosetta Stone starts low, building up instead of dumping information and expecting you to sort through it. I feel like my abilities will just keep growing the more I practice. I recommend Rosetta Stone for anyone looking to learn another language, especially people like me. :)
April 9, 2011
So far this has been a good experience using the software but it certainly depends on what you put in to it as far as our attention, consistency and review. I would recommend this to someone serious about learning in a fun nonconventional way.
April 7, 2011
It is amazing how clearly this program gets the point across without using your native language at all.
I am having a blast learning, it's really all I want to do now.
If you ever wanted to learn another language this is the way to go.
November 9, 2010
Overall, I was very impressed with the software. It made learning the language enjoyable and encouraged me to continue working. I definitely like how the software has all of these refreshers and goes back to solidify areas you've addressed previously.
April 28, 2010
I have never dove in to learning a language on my own. It was always forced on me by school requirements. So when I approached learning Swedish using Rosetta, I was very apprehensive. Within minutes of beginning, I knew this was going to be a fun, relatively easy journey. I'm so glad I dove in and now I can't wait to visit Sweden again to try out my new language.
April 11, 2010
Rosetta Stone is a good tool and delivering on its claims. I am making solid progress, but its still not easy to learn a language without alot of submersion and interaction with helpful native speakers.
Best part of Rosetta Stone is that it is possible to visualize and make connection between foreign language and the visual situations provided. I find myself not having to always translate back to English.
April 10, 2010
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Truth?
The issue with educating adults as children is that there is a significant difference in the time and space needed to acquire “new” skills: The additional issue with educating adults as children is that adults are honed developed monoliths of knowledge but placid in order to gain more and more knowledge whereas children are not honed developed monoliths of knowledge --- their neurological development is incomplete in various ways, shapes, and forms.
This product requires a phonetic section with videos emphasizing the placement of each phonemes. Within this phonetic section the emphasis of sounds 1st, common words 2nd, and uncommon words 3rd. Once a command of pronunciation has been obtained via common and uncommon words --- one is free to learn utilizing the Rosetta Stone method without the aggravation, agitation, and frustration of the intermittent phonetic mini-lessons
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It might seem as if I despise Rosetta Stone --- nothing could be farther from the truth. I believe it is a “good” product. Rosetta Stone requires time and space --- there are no “shortcuts”, as purported to me via Rosetta Stone. Via due diligence one can master a language --- no matter the method used --- I, however, believe that Rosetta Stone is the best method on the market in this particular age.
April 8, 2010
Easy and engaging, Rosetta Stone quickly boosts your confidence with learning a new language. This software is user friendly.
April 7, 2010
Simple and Effective!
I bought Rosetta Stone because my girlfriend is Swedish and I wanted to be able to speak her language everytime I visited her. Rosetta Stone is an excellent program. I finished Level 1 and I already feel that I have a solid understanding of the grammar and structure of the language. The audio companion helps me practice on my way to classes, and the voice recognition has helped develop my pronunciation. Its unlike anything class or program you try because there are no translations! It is a fun challenge to try and interpret new vocabulary and sentences. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to get a solid foundation in a new language.
April 7, 2010
Way too easy.
I obviously know that there is no single program that can truely make one fluent in any given langueage...but this comes pretty close. I picked up this program simply because I thought this would truley be an interesting language to learn. And so it was. In a given two hours this program takes you through the simplest words to memorize such as various simple food items such as bread, egg, apple, milk, ect. THen after it helps associate various colors with those objects. It's truley hard to imagine that doing any kind of language would be this easy. Even as i type this review i am having thoughts on what i learned, and it really works. I not only see the sky as being called sky but as himlen. This is what makes this program truley beneficial. It ingrains the image with the word so quickly into your brain that you begin to see not only, for me, in english but in swedish as well. Each unit can take between 4-6 hours depending on you own personal speed.
Of course in order to truley become fluent in any language, you must immerce yourself in the culture, as well as the language. BUt aside from living in the country of the language you insist on learning, rosetta stone is the closet thing you can get. This is realy worth every penny spent on it.
February 9, 2010
Swedish 1,2,3 online
excellent product. prepared our 18 year old daughter for a year student exchange in sweden and continued to use to practice skills while there
October 27, 2009
So Motivating and Fun
I have only once in my life been this motivated for learning, and it was not a language. The instant gratification of success or failure tempered with the possibility for nearly endless self-improvement through acquiring language skills makes this an opportunity not to be missed. A great teacher to compliment any learner, and I would recommend it to anyone I know.
July 27, 2009
Language Product I've Been Waiting For
Years ago I purchased another Swedish course for over $200. It had a course book and 10-12 cassette tapes. I don't think I was able to get through more than two cassettes before I gave up. I was not able to learn by rote every possible sentence I needed speak. If the sentence I wanted to say was not in the lesson, I couldn't say it or I spent a painful amount of time reseaching it in attempts to "figure it out." I knew I didn't learn that way. I went so far as to scan the pages from the lesson book and create hyperlinks with sound bytes attached. Still there was something missing. Rosetta Stone did the hard work for me. They created an amazing language learning tool designed around the way I learn. Not only do the pictures and spoken examples given create a base upon which to build, they allow me to create my own sentences and have the conversation I want to have. No longer am I tied to pre-created dialogue! Rosetta Stone is a great product for those who truly want to learn a language instead of "play around" with a few phrases. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
July 23, 2009
Speaking with my grand daughter
I love Rosetta Stone even though I wish they had more language lessons in Swedish. I got Rosetta Stone because my daughter moved to Sweden and had a child there who was learning to speak Swedish and I did not want my grand daughter to be unable to speak to her grandmother so I decided to learn Swedish. Although I had taken an intense course on one of my visits there, I still could not speak the language. The simplicity of Rosetta Stone's lessons was perfect for me and my reason for wanting to learn the language. I practiced about an hour a day, created a little vocabulary book for myself to carry around and enjoyed the fact that I was learning about day to day life. Last time I visited Sweden everyone noticed how my vocabulary had grown and I am now able to converse with my grand daughter who is 3 years old. I hope Rosetta Stone increases it's Swedish lesson learning so I can continue to learn more this way.
July 10, 2009
I purchased Rosetta Stone with high hopes of learning Swedish over 4 months, in order to be able to communicate with my Swedish boyfriend's family upon our first visit from California to Northern Sweden. I did not feel strongly that I would be able to pick up the language in time, but have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of Swedish that I can now understand, and of the numerous expressions that I can now relate. I'm almost halfway through the second level, with still the third level to go. I work with the computer program a little bit every day, which is fun and comfortable to do at my own pace. Also, it gives plenty of review so that I don't forget what I have already learned. While driving, I like to listen to the audio companion to reenforce what I've learned, and to give a mental picture of both the meanings and spellings of the phrases from the CD. I feel confidently that I will be able to stand my own at the dinner table in Sweden, and will have hopefully successfully impressed my future parents-in-law by being an American who took the time and effort to learn Swedish. Thanks!
July 10, 2009
Rosetta Stone Is the Best
I was going to Sweden on business. I have no knack at all for languages, but had heard Rosetta Stone could help the inept. I loved it. It was the easiest way to learn a new language. I could understand and read the language within 2 months. This was a big help when I arrived in Sweden and developed a blood clot. The Drs in the hospital were used to Swedish speaking patients and their English wasn't as good as those people in the tourist industry. Rosetta Stone gave me the ability I needed to communicate with the Drs and understand what is going on. I am recommending Rosetta Stone to anyone who wants to learn a language. I think my next language will be Spanish.
July 9, 2009
Hot Dog, This is it!
Finally, this old boy is learning Swedish! Should have bought Rosetta Stone long ago!
July 9, 2009
Fantastic learning tool
I bought this to learn swedish and love how it completely engrosses you into the language making it super easy to understand. i'm still learning a lot, and it's easier and cheaper than a college course. the translation comes natural, and i find myself thinking in swedish! i feel comfortable enough to hold a small conversation already! i will definitely use this product again!
March 11, 2009
Great for those wishing to learn a language.
Rosetta Stone is a very fast,easy, and fun way to learn a foreign language. You immediately begin to learn as soon as you get the disks installed on your computer.
Rosetta Stone takes you away from your culture where you can put away all former languages and start learning a new one. It's almost like Rosetta takes you on a trip to the native speakers of the language, just to learn it. You don't have to worry about translating the words into your native language and then memorizing it, you just learn.
Not only are you learning a language but your also REMEMBERING a language. I can tell you many other methods where I tried to learn a language and soon forgetting what Ive learned after a few months, but with Rosetta you retain what you've learned.
Another great thing about Rosetta is that you can learn at your own pace. Weither it be a few lessons a day or week you'll enjoy learning on your own free time. It even has a built in feature to help you remember what you've already learned if you were to busy to partake in the lessons for some time. Which means you don't have to worry about making time for it, just do it when you can and you WILL learn.
The only better way to learn a language, I would think, is to actually live in the heart of where the language is spoken. Sometimes that's not the best option for some people, epically if your learning the language on interest and wont be visiting the area for sometime. With Rosetta you can learn the language just about anywhere weither it be for keeping in touch with foreign friends, family, or just pure interest of the language, and even if your planning on living where the language is spoken its always good to have a good background in the language that will make mastering the language all the easier.
The price may be a bit steep but i STRONGLY recommend this if you are serious about learning a new language, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed; until next time, Hej då!
March 10, 2009