View topic - Rosetta Stone Japanese Level 1 & 2
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The screen displays four pictures, some text, and a native speaker reads the text, and then you're supposed to pick the picture that matches the text and the spoken words.
However, the native speakers speak fairly quickly with a very strong regional accent that caused me to believe that "h" was pronounced "s" in Japanese, which I would not think to be true in most cases.
Second of all, the font used is terrible; it is very difficult to distinguish the different strokes of the kanji, especially the complex ones.
Finally, advancing through the lessons is very difficult because nothing is explained. The only English you'll see in the program is the help file, which really is a disadvantage to those of us who like to know the how and why of Japanese. The first few lessons are easy to figure out, but then the program suddenly starts throwing out complete sentences and there is no indication of which word means what.
If you are serious about Japanese, I would strongly disagree with any recommendation to use this program.
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The idea behind the program is that its supposed to mimic learning your first langauge. However, what the program creators fail to understand is that kids have very poor grammer skills until they're taught otherwise, whether by their parents or by a teacher in school.
Perhaps after I've learned enough grammer and am very familiar with kana and kanji I'd consider using it again. but, definitely not a good place to start.
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Little did I know I wouldn't learn much from it and I do not recommend it.
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