I loved the idea of Rosetta Stone Homeschool edition. I particularly liked that it tracks student progress. Unfortunately, we began getting errors almost immediately after installation (same issue on two different Windows 7 machines and a Vista). We checked with Rosetta Stone support which told us to check for conflicting software, but that wasn't the issue. The only "fix" they offered was to change the name of the tracking file. Unfortunately, that "fix" meant that course progress is not available. Being able to track my children's progress is important for grading purposes. I did find that if I change the tracking file name, open the program, close the program, rename the new tracking file, change the name back to the original tracking file, and restart that I can usually get it to work, but that is unacceptable. Clearly this isn't a result of a corrupt file, but rather is attributable to poor programing. This has been such a disappointment. I will never again purchase another Rosetta Stone Product. The only highlight is the microphone headset, but that isn't saying much!
After taking Spanish courses for many years in high school and college, I was only able to understand the language but not speak it fluently. I decided to take advantage of the free trial through the military and fell in love. Now I have both a formal understanding and can speak fluent Spanish with my Hispanic colleagues. My daughters, who were 5 & 9 at the time, picked up many of the sentences instantly.
To clear up the confusion, bebe' (with an accent on the last "E") means baby, while bebe (without the accent means to drink.) Therefore it has dual meaning depending on its context.
Bebe (drink) stems from the verb beber (to drink)
You must understand that Rosetta is an immersion program and will not go through an in-depth formal syntax, but you will learn how to say these sentences accurately.
The program teaches that the word bebe means drink, it really means baby. I happen to have a spanish/english dictionary. The word for drink is beber. They have taken the letter r off other words as well. They teach that the word come means eat but it should be comer. Corre means run but should be spelled correr. I do not know why they would leave off the r. It is a big difference with bebe=baby and beber=drink. I tried to call and talk to someone and was put on hold for 45 min. i hung up. I am sorry i wasted my money on this. Lord knows i dont have alot!
I ordered Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish Level 1 with Audio Companion Homeschool Edition, Version 3 for my 14 year old daughter. We are just now getting into the program, but so far she not only loves it, but seems to be learning at an amazing speed. We will see where we are when we finish the program. I am looking forward to level 2!