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Rosetta Stone Level I and II (Spanish) review
Rosetta Stone Level I and II (Spanish)
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|Many of the early exercises are the same as the Traveler (traveller) version, although the emphasis is on some basic words and phrases like colours. In both tested versions I found that a dictionary was necessary, and an online dictionary was especially useful.
Sadly (annoyingly?) one can't scrape and copy text and quickly find the meaning of a word or phrase. Choosing which dictionary to use was decided by two factors. One, the UltraLinga does not have all the conjugations of verbs as entries, BUT it doesn't need accents for searches (yes!). UltraLinga also has integrated pronunciation (if you have the text-to-speech engine).
A major pain in all the software was the inability to break down phrases and sentences so that the user could learn the correct pronunciation. Even in Traveler I quickly lost interest (hope) in pronunciation. Since the sentences and phrases was pictured, not text, I often couldn't remember the damn sentence, and if I was trying to concentrate on pronouncing a word or phrase correctly it was difficult to have to just listen for the particular problem part.
To really have impressive speech evaluation, one needs what a good teacher would do -- a system that continues to put forward the errors (intermittently) until the user is consistently correct, and a system that will break down incorrect pronunication to constituent words or phrases, or PLEASE drop into an explanation of how to make the sounds.
|by Ali Kayn|
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