Turkish Level 1, 2 & 3
Turkish helpful but not end all be all
Overall I am pleased with the Rossetta stone turkish. It is especially useful for pronounciation and vocabulary. The basic lessons are useful and easy to follow. The images are diverse and modern and once you have seen it before it is easy to understand what the program is asking you to do when you see it later.
The online material is also helpful. The games help re-enforce what I have learned and the stories are a good way to practice speaking. However, the lack of any written materials makes it difficult to learn the grammer rules which is, in my opinion, particulary important with an agglutination language - esp. since sometimes it is hard to tell which ending is being added (i.e. e may appear at the end of a word for multiple reasons, in context it makes sense but learning vocabulary you have to guess why it is there). I have to supplement with books (i.e. teach yourself turkish) to really comprehend the way to correctly form a sentence (i.e. direct object, dependent clauses)
Also, there are very few Turkish learners online so despite trying many times, for months, I have yet to be able to actually Play a game with anyone, even on turkish game night.
The live sessions with a teacher are helpful but there may be a glitch with the program as I have set up session picking which lesson but then the teacher asks about things I haven't covered yet and then when I progress to the next lesson I see that the teacher was asking about things I hadn't covered yet. However, sometimes I know words outside the RS course and the teachers are helpful and encouraging - helping me to learn which RS words are the same and when to use one vs another.
The audio piece (for an ipod) is really lame and boring. Anyone who has ever used pimsleur would find the straight repeating words back to be very boring. This piece really needs major improvement.
November 29, 2012
speaking from my roots
I grew up hearing my mother's side of the family speak a language that sounded beautiful but incomprehensible. This seed of confusion and longing to understand has finally brought me to the place now as an adult where I am unlocking a part of myself hitherto undiscovered as I learn new Turkish words each day. I am grateful to Rosetta Stone for designing a program whereby I am engulfed and captivated in the language I have always loved, but was too fearful to approach for so long. The games make learning effortless and fun. Having a program laid out for me also affords me the discipline to just sit and do it!
November 28, 2012
This product is great. It has excellent pictures that clearly state object/subject/action. The native Turkish speakers talk at a decent speed and they clearly pronounce words. With practice you can understand the grammar structure and it is fun. You even have the opportunity to pronounce the words. It is a vast improvement over previous Rosetta Stone versions. I would definitely recommend it as a tool for anybody.
April 10, 2011
Rosetta Stone Turkish
As a general comment, I feel Rosetta Stone is a very good way to learn a language from scratch. I personally feel that I need to complement the Turkish course with a grammar book, as the grammar is so different from English - word order is Subject Object Verb; the language uses suffixes A LOT to convey concepts that are dealt with by separate words in English; and the issue of vowel harmonization where the suffixes vary depending on the last syllable of the word they are appended to.
I find the periodic review of the language aspects learned particularly useful to help fix the vocabulary and concepts.
November 23, 2010
So glad we finally bought the Rosetta Stone!
It took us over a year to finally decide to invest in the Rosetta Stone. I speak some Turkish but not enough, and my partner only knows a few words & phrases from visiting my family in Turkey over the years. I've primarily taught myself with audio CDs and doing exercises from textbooks, and I have taken a couple of brief Turkish classes. However, Turkish classes are not nearly as easy to find as Spanish classes and our work schedule doesn’t allow us to attend classes right now. We’re off to visit the family again this year, and THIS YEAR we want to be able to communicate more comfortably. I couldn’t get myself motivated to study out of the books, so we finally gave each other the software for Christmas.
And, WOW. It was worth every penny, even though we really hesitated over the price. The audio aspect and pronunciation aspect are simply invaluable – you just can't get that feedback by listening to a CD only or doing exercises in a book. It is hardest for me to listen to people and follow what they are saying and also difficult to respond in a timely way. I’ve only made it through lesson 1 of 3 so far, and I know a lot more than has already been taught, and yet the Rosetta Stone is still incredibly valuable because I am mastering those two most difficult aspects for me. Because I have a lot more grammar and vocabulary in my knowledge base, I am finding myself making sentences throughout the day that match the structure of what I just learned in the Rosetta Stone lessons but using more words. And, I look forward to studying Turkish again instead of putting it on my list every day for over a year to sit down and work on my textbooks without once actually doing that!
Thank you, Rosetta Stone! I’m feeling much more confident about communicating with my family this trip.
April 30, 2010
Turkish is tough enough
I was studying the Rosetta Stone Turkish software while I was on a work assignment in Turkey. It was great because I could directly try out the language I was learning. I found in a number of cases that the words that I was taught with the software, while they were accurate, were not commonly used by the Turkish people in general conversations.
April 13, 2010
The most fun way to learn!
Everyone who knows I am learning Turkish asks me how I am learning. I tell them I have used books, audio programs and now I have Rosetta. They always tell me that they have been thinking about getting Rosetta to learn a language and ask me what I think of it. I tell them it is great. It is self paced and kind of fun! The only thing is that there is still lots of work to learn a new language and there is no magic trick to learning. Having Rosetta makes the learning easier and fun!
April 8, 2010
Turkish 1,2,3 is the best
I bought Turkish Rosetta Stone for my husband who is American and was English speaking only. He doesn't really have that ability to pick up languages easily. Now after a few months, he is able to speak with my grandmother and understands at least some of what she says instead of just nodding and smiling like he used to do! This is such a great tool to have at home and hopefully we'll even be able to use it with our kids later on.
April 7, 2010
Best Language Trainer
This is an excellent way to learn a new language!!
April 7, 2010
I purchased Rosetta Stone's Turkish language program about 2 months before leaving for Turkey. It was a whim and I figured that it couldn't hurt, what with the amazing return and exchange policy they have.
Within those 2 months before the trip I learned enough of the language to travel across the country by bus, eat at local places, shop at local stores and converse with the people around me.
The program is intuitive to use and easy to practice. The tools provided, including the download to my iPod that I could use at the gym, were all geared towards building my skills from a strong foundation and reinforcing previous lessons.
Thanks to Rosetta Stone my vacation was amazing. I continue to practice with Rosetta Stone in order to become fluent in Turkish - I hope to return to Turkey as soon as I can. I don't believe the incredible experience I had in Turkey would have been possible without the communication skills Rosetta Stone gave me and I will continue to use it to learn other languages!
April 7, 2010
Fun and Effective
I'm very pleased with Rosetta Stone, Turkish Levels 1 - 3. I teach English as a second language to advanced speakers who are very grammar- and text-oriented, so I wondered if I would be able to "let go" of that approach and if I would find Rosetta Stone's approach effective. However, I've been really pleased with my progress so far. Instead of banging my head against the grammar, I am learning so much without even trying. It's easy, fun and I always want to keep going to see what's next. My six-year-old son is also using the course, concentrating on listening and speaking. He especially enjoys the speech-recognition feature. Even my Turkish husband is impressed!
April 7, 2010
Having the Rosetta Stone (Turkish) for 7 months, I am going to Turkey for a month with the confidence that I can get along very well on my on. As with any program, you get out of it what you put into it. Don't put it under your pillow and expect to absorb it by osmosis. It won't happen. But if you spend a couple of hours regularly dollowing the recommendations you will become proficient enough to be comfortable with the language.
April 7, 2010
Great way to learn a language
I love it because it is an interactive way to learn a language so you never get bored. Through the different lessons, you get more vocabulary, you listen and practice your pronunciation and improve your grammar. I will recommend it to my friends.
April 7, 2010
If you are going to try to learn Turkish, this is the single best investment you can make. It takes work, but achieves results. I have struggled to learn languages for years, this program has been incredibly helpful.
As a side note, there are a few minor typos in the program that I hope they will fix.
I hope they come out with level 5 for all their language programs soon.
March 13, 2010
Worth every penny!
I have purchased Rosetta Stone products for Turkish, Russian and Spanish, and I highly recommend it to everyone. To anyone who balks at the cost, think of how much it would cost to take a 3-credit class at a university plus books? For one semester, you would spend around $2000 and have nothing but the books to keep while the memory of the correct pronunciation (if you had a native speaker teacher) would quickly fade. Rosetta stone allows you to constantly correct your pronunciation yourself- highly important. I purchased this to communicate in Turkish with my new Turkish in-laws along with several other products. The phrases I had memorized with other products would not come to mind like the vocabulary I learned from RS. This system is concrete in your mind with daily use. The audio companion is wonderful, and I am learning so fast. This is the best option. I recommend this to everyone. I met a Turkish woman recently who was sure I was Turkish due to my pronunciation, and I was using what I learned from RS after a few months. Thank you for your quality product and fantastic customers service, Rosetta Stone!
January 26, 2010