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urinetrouble
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Rosetta Stone Level 1 for a vacation?


Planning a trip to Italy next year. Is Rosetta Stone Level 1 good enough for someone who just wants to know the basics?

I've heard you can get by without knowing much, but I think it would help me appreciate the trip a little more if I have a better understanding of the language.

Are there better resources out there?







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Tmacelroy12
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re: Rosetta Stone Level 1 for a vacation?


Yeah, you should be fine. Italians are grateful if you at least try and learn their language instead of knowing nothing about it, trust me... they'll work with you. Rosetta Stone is a good tool, I can't remember if it teaches you phrases. Just learn some basic sayings that you would think you would need to know.

If you need any help, let me know. I spent the summer in Italy 2 years ago.






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Celery
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I usually just learn some key phrases when I go to a foreign country. Seems to work okay.
Just know how to count to 20 and the words for wine and bathroom and you can get by. I've tried Rosetta Stone and didn't really learn too much. It helps with pronunciation, though.



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I got by just fine in Paris knowing nothing but "I'm sorry but I don't speak French. Do you speak English?" People were super nice after that.





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mooseknuckle
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I went through all 4 levels of the Spanish part and I still only know a few things and my GF's first language is Spanish. All you need to remember are a few phrases and words that you won't get from Rosetta. Most people just appreciate the effort. Save your money and use a translation app. You'll learn more from it.





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If you need any help, let me know. I spent the summer in Italy 2 years ago.



Got any general recommendations? We're planning on Rome, Florence, and Venice, but nothing is set yet.







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urinetrouble
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Just know how to count to 20 and the words for wine and bathroom and you can get by


Good call on the numbers.






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urinetrouble
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Save your money and use a translation app. You'll learn more from it.



Is that something for the iPhone? I don't have one but my wife does.






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Hammertime
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These levels take a long arse time. I worked on Mexican for about 1-2hrs a night and only got through 3/4 of the first level





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TigerintheNO
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We're planning on Rome, Florence, and Venice, but nothing is set yet.


In Rome it won't matter, everyone speaks English. I would bet that the majority of people you will deal with speak English better than Italian.






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saintsfan92612
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I used both Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone and I would recommend Pimsleur over RS. It is a little cheaper and it teaches you conversations much better imo.

I liked Pimsleur better because I could just pop it in my car and go through the lessons on my commute to school and work. RS takes a ton of free time at home because you have to do the lessons on your computer. Because of this, I actually wanted to do the Pimsleur lessons and the RS lessons became a chore.






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LuckySo-n-So
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I would bet that the majority of people you will deal with speak English better than Italian.


This.

I tried to learn a little Italian before I went a couple years ago, to no avail. However, not only did EVERY ITALIAN I came in contact with (save one young waitress) speak English, they were all as friendly as hell. Even the gypsies cursed me out in English when I refused to give them a coin or two .







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saintsfan92612
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Everyone I talked to in Italy actually wanted to speak English. I tried talking in Italian but they were like, No, I want to practice my English





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LuckySo-n-So
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We're planning on Rome, Florence, and Venice


Doing a tour? or on your own?

I did the Globus tour of Rome/Florence/Venice. Amazing trip.

If you aren't doing the tour and you want to go to a museum--especially Uffizi in Florence--make sure you have reservations, or you will spend hours in line. Granted, "The Birth of Venus" or Giotto's "Madonna Enthroned" are worth the wait, but if you have limited time, reservations are a must.

Don't let anyone talk you out of Venice. I loved Venice. Make sure that you go two or three blocks off the "main drag" and then start walking. Get lost. It's an island, you can't get that lost. Absolute great way to experience Venice.

Start walking a couple months before your trip. You will be happy you did.






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saintsfan92612
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Don't let anyone talk you out of Venice. I loved Venice. Make sure that you go two or three blocks off the "main drag" and then start walking. Get lost. It's an island, you can't get that lost. Absolute great way to experience Venice.



This plus a million.

Randomly walking in Venice's back alleys was probably one of my favorite things to do in all of Europe.






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St Augustine
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From my experience with RS it isn't really going to teach you what you wan for a short trip.





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TigerintheNO
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However, not only did EVERY ITALIAN I came in contact with (save one young waitress) speak English



when I was there most of the people in the service industry weren't Italian, they were from Greece or Albania






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charles_p_bacon
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Another useful tool is to write the Italian word for objects around the house on tape and place them all over, doors, cups, pictures...etc.
Rosetta Stone is useful though. You'll learn the most by going there and speaking the language.






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ATL TGR
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FYI Groupon goods has rosetta for 42% off right now


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Catman88
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re: Rosetta Stone Level 1 for a vacation?


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I tried talking in Italian but they were like, No, I want to practice my English


I always run into this.

For speaking in foreign countries really Rosetta stone is overkill. Unless you plan on having a conversation with someone really you just need to learn how to order a full meal, check into your hotel and words for just getting around.






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