I liked the subconscious sophistication built into this learning software. What I mean by this is that during the lessons, even though the individual modules seemed easy and repetitive, each module prepared you for the next. I was left sitting there wondering how I had already understood a certain word or sentence as if I had known the language my whole life. I really liked that feeling. For example, the modules started with simple recognition lessons such as “this is a horse" or “this is a boy," which evolved into “this is a boy riding a horse and then falling." By the end of the lesson, I really understood the verbs and nouns perfectly.
I then moved quickly into the voice recording and playback, which was actually funny because I had my two daughters participate and we had a few laughs when we messed up. They were competitive when trying to reach the “green" level on the recognition meter that compares what you say to the speaker. I also liked the flow of the lessons, pointing back to the psychological subconscious effort, starting you with the basics, moving into more complex areas, but bringing back the easy stuff during the process. This makes you feel like you can still accomplish something. To me, this is probably the easiest way to learn a language, and I have tried a few other language learning software programs before, only to become extremely bored and frustrated.
I am used to Microsoft software where there is an embedded help menu with every feature. When I use the Rosetta Stone software, it takes a few minutes to figure out what the heck I am actually trying to do as all of the menus are written in the language I am trying to learn.
The other feature I did not like is how the screen maximizes to cover the entire desktop. I could see this as a feature for some who do not want any distractions, but I just do not care for that kind of blatant blanketing of my desktop.