Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) Version 3 Levels 1-5 Comb with Audio Companion (Homeschool Edition)
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We purchased this for our whole family. It was quite easy for me having taken high school and college level Spanish. It was quite difficult for my K-2 children. We had to take a break and slow down on the program to help them absorb some of it. The pictures and audio are very helpful. It would be nice if it could be used on more computers/devices before it expires. For example: Allowed usage on two pc's only. If one of your pc's crashes and has to be replaced, now you can only use it on the one remaining. When something happens to that one you are out of luck and have to re-purchase the program. We recommend this program for the quality learning by immersion. It just goes a little slower for some like it did for our young kids.
Note: If a computer with RS crashes, you can contact the RS company and de-activate that computer and activate another. It is not necessary to purchase another program. Also, it's not clear what this writer means by "expires" since RS activations do not expire.
My husband and I love this version (V.3) of Rosetta Stone! The addition of the speaking element has added so much to our children's learning of the language. I would not choose any other program without this option. There is also a setting to allow variances in the level of speaking perfection which is very helpful. It has been wonderful to hear our children SPEAKING the language in a smooth way.
Rosetta Stone has always had graduated learning levels and frequent repetitions and reviews of the words and phrases which are excellent for learning. Both my husband and I have taught German in the past, and this is our favorite program for independent learning.
The one drawback to the program is that we think it could occasionally use some more explanations for some of the questions/answers during the lessons. (The kids may have questions about something about once a week for us.) For that reason, it is helpful for the teacher/parent to be familiar (not mastery!) with the target language.
For those reasons, I would recommend when parents are choosing a language that they have some familiarity with the language itself or have a motivated student who is willing to do a little extra when stuck on a question.
We have used this product for 4 years and it is still my NUMBER ONE curriculum recommendation when people ask the best way to learn a language, (even though it can be pricier than people are thinking about paying). My husband and I both speak fluent German but have failed to pass it on to our kids the easy way - in every day conversation. We have screened a lot of programs and curriculum, and have not seen a better, all-encompassing program for a foreign language. We have been very impressed with the kids improvement, pronunciation, and understanding of the language. Version 3 is also a big improvement over version 2 because of the audio and speaking additions - don't skip these! The only problem I see is that occasionally it is not clear what the program is asking of the kids and once or twice a month (more when you first start the program) they will ask us for clarification or help with the lesson. Since we speak the language, it is never a problem. But when we screened a Chinese version for a friend, we were totally lost! So I do caution people before investing so much, it may be best if you, or someone you know, are at least familiar with the language (not fluent), and can help out if/when needed. I like the way the program is set up that they may not go to the next lesson until they have adequately passed the current lesson. It has been great that this is all controlled by the computer (meaning: removed from us). There are no arguments about whether something is right or wrong or close enough. It is between them and the "black and white" computer. For my kids who like to debate details, this has been wonderful from the teacher perspective! One other problem for us is that the microphone has a hard time picking up my daughter's voice for some reason. The other 4 of us have no problems, but if you do have one with a problem - they will need to slow down a little and speak clearer, which overall, is better for their pronunciation anyway. Since we think it is an excellent program, and we have five kids that will use it, we have been very happy with our decision to purchase this program. The set-up took longer than I expected (but I am terrible with computer things), but the Rosetta Stone help desk was quick, thorough, and helpful. I know I will continue to recommend this product for a long time!