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Arabic Language  > Rosetta Stone Arabic > Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1 - CD-ROM Software

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Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1

Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1 - CD-ROM Software

What Will I Learn?

Sample topics include:

  • Age, family relations, household items
  • Introductions and greetings
  • Times of day and calendar items
  • Buying and selling

This level will help you:

  • Build your Arabic vocabulary and language basics
  • Spell and write accurately
  • Speak Arabic without a script
  • Retain what you're learned
  • Read and understand Arabic

What's Included:

  • Interactive Software
    • Our latest award-winning version teaches you to speak, read, write and think in Arabic.
  • Live Online Lessons†
    • Practice sessions led by native-Arabic speaking tutors.
  • Games & Community†
    • Arabic language-enriching games move you towards real-world proficiency.

Access Anywhere

  • At home on your PC or Mac
    • With the free headset and microphone for the best experience.
  • iPhone® or iPod Touch®†
    • Enhance your learning with our mobile apps.
  • For your MP3 Player
    • Hands-free learning on the go.

System Requirements

  • Windows: XP SP3, Vista SP2, or Windows 7
  • Mac: Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard (OS X 10.4.11 or higher)
  • Minimum 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • 1024 X 768 display resolution
  • USB headset with microphone (included with purchase)

†Free 3 months access included with purchase. Must be at least 13 years of age to access. Age restriction does not apply to iPhone® or iPod Touch®.

Our Price $224.95

It’s fast. It’s easy. It works!

Rosetta Stone Language Software offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners leading to everyday proficiency in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing.

  • Learn All 4 Language Skills. Our balanced curriculum includes listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Native Speakers & Speech Recognition. Improve your speech by imitating a native speaker. Rosetta Stone’s speech recognition records your voice and evaluates your pronunciation and accent dynamically.
  • No Tedious Memorization or Translation. Immerses you completely in your new language so you’ll learn quickly and retain what you learn. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills.
  • Immediate Reinforcement. Previews, exercises, and tests with automated tutorials help you focus on areas that need additional reinforcement.

Hear what the others say about Rosetta Stone Software:

“I am astounded by the power of this software.”
–Filmore Bender, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

“Rosetta Stone allows students to master their curricular lessons in English, reaching required assessment goals and succeeding in leaving no child behind.”
–Vicki Taylor; Coordinator, English Learner Services, Duarte Unified School District

“[My wife] speaks Portuguese and a little English. We got married and spoke two different languages… She has been using the program for about a month now and the change is unbelievable…The program is great and we tell everybody about it.”
–Joseph and Marialuiza Kissane, Massachusetts

“I am convinced that Rosetta Stone is the best commercial language software available, which is why I recommend it to all my serious students and why I would definitely adopt it if I were in charge of a language program.”
–Paul Lyddon, Ph.D. Candidate, Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (SLAT)

“It used to be that the best way to learn a language was to go to the country and immerse oneself in it. I think Rosetta Stone is even better: I can turn on the computer at any time, any place and am not dependent on anyone or any circumstance for learning Arabic. I’m amazed, and I’m telling everyone I know about Rosetta Stone.”
–Steve Stoker, Texas


The ARABIC Language:
Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula and also in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 180 million people in Africa and Asia. In addition, Arabic plays an important part in the lives of all Muslims, for it is the sacred language of Islam and its holy book the Qur'an.

The Arabic language can be characterized as having one standard, formal, written form that is used and understood all over the Arab world. However, in its spoken form, it is represented by many regional, generally mutually intelligible dialects. The standard form (called Classical--or Literary--Arabic) is used mainly for writing, but is also used orally in highly formal situations (such as, in written media and books, and in the spoken media, higher education, religious sermons, and courts of law).

The basic difference between the formal language and the dialects is that the latter are used in everyday oral interaction, and reflect the popular spoken language of specific geographical regions. The differences in the dialects spoken in various Arabic-speaking countries or regions is similar to the differences between English-speaking countries and regions. Pronounciations (accents) differ, such as the accent of a person from New York compared to someone from the Deep South (in the United States). Minor differences in vocabulary are also found: a "drinking fountain" in Arizona, is called a "bubbler" in Wisconsin, or a "soft drink" in one region, is called a "soda" in another area.

The differences in English are even more distinct between North Americans and Britons, or Britons and Australians. Yet all are native speakers of English--we all can communicate with spoken English, read the same newspapers, and watch the same television programs, essentially without difficulty.

The communication skills learned in either the Pimsleur Eastern Arabic course or the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course, may be used successfully with any other speaker of the Arabic language.

Eastern Arabic is the dialect spoken in: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Eastern Arabic is also very well understood in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Arab world: Arabia, the gulf region and Iraq due to the fact that millions of Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Lebanese have worked and are working there. Additionally, there is considerable intermarriage among these groups. Eastern Arabic, although a general term, is based on the dialect of Damascus, which is the largest city in the area (with more than five million people). Moreover, it has been the center of power, culture, and education over many centuries. Individuals learning this dialect will have no trouble understanding neighboring dialects nor making themselves understood.

Egyptian Arabic is mainly spoken in: Egypt. Egyptian Arabic has also gained a high degree of acceptance throughout the Arabic-speaking world because of its use in films. The Cairene dialect of Egyptian Arabic is the variety spoken in the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course. It is the standard for spoken Egyptian and the people are extremely proud of it.

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