Rocket Languages Member Reviews
Read all about how Rocket Languages online language learning courses have helped our members on their quest to learn a language!
Rocket Chinese — CA , United States
I think the overall teaching style of this program is pretty great, but the execution is not there yet.
The major shortcoming is the male's pronunciation. I am a complete beginner to studying Chinese, but it's incredibly obvious his pronunciation is absolutely awful. During the conversations, I can understand the female perfectly fine, but I still can't understand the male speaker well even after studying the lesson. I also worry that I may pick up bad habits myself even listening to his speech. Another minor drawback is that I do not believe there is a way to zoom in or make the characters larger on the mobile app, which is unfortunate since I tend to study these lessons while exercising on an elliptical or other cardio machine, so the phone is a fair distance away from my eyes. A feature I wish they would add in the future is increased robustness of the conversations. Instead of teaching us exactly one perfectly scripted conversation, teach us variations. Most of the time there are a handful of different ways someone could say the same thing, so even if the conversation is relatively simple in content, learning just one specific tightly scripted conversation is going to be pretty useless once you step out into the real world. Overall, Rocket Chinese is founded on good ideas and has solid potential, I hope it will strive to improve and live up to the potential I see.
Rocket Chinese — Orange/California , United States
Very helpful. I am part Chinese and I like being competitive. I like how you can move up through the ranks. I want to travel the world so this program can help me speak to others. I am starting the Advanced Learning technique.
Rocket Chinese — United States
In high school I took Japanese, in college Russian and Chinese, but that was a long time ago. I needed a refresher. I tried other companies' courses, but especially for Mandarin, Rocket is by far the best. Its competitors either go too fast, go too slow, or are simply inadequate. Rocket courses have just the right balance between depth and ease of learning. They also provide plenty of extra learning tools that I'm still exploring, such as flash cards.
After buying the Mandarin course and working with it for a couple of days, I was so impressed that I bought both the Japanese and Russian courses to do after my Mandarin review. I gave four instead of five stars to "buy again" only because Rocket doesn't currently offer anything else I need. If the company added levels to Russian and Chinese, or offered a Modern Hebrew course, I'd buy those.
Rocket Chinese — Palo Alto, CA , United States
I cannot get the microphone to work in any way. On my phone the app skips and cannot capture my voice properly. ON desktop it doesn't even record always saying "Try again".
I demand a refund unless I can find a fix. I started using this program because I heard the program is very good. Little did I realize the app would be a huge POS. Do not use this unless you want a terrible experience. Use a more established language learning application like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone.
Rocket Chinese — New Zealand
I find there is generally too much preamble getting into each dialogue - too much from the English guy especially. Ironically, he seems to be talking as though adressing an ESOl class . However, as a native speaker, I find his delivery and Uk accent quite amateurish. E.g he says "wiv" instead of " with" etc. just irritating. Also, I am disappointed that he is used in dialogues when his Mandarin accent is not spot-on. Just model the genuine accent by using a Chinese speaker for each dialogue. Also, in the 2nd Premium pack, the upgrade, I wouldn't have bothered buying it had I known it involved a module devoted to planning a wedding - relevant to about 5% at best of your the average audience.
Rocket Chinese — Brisbane , Australia
I really do enjoy this course, I love the idea of being able to do it at my own pace. A++++++
I am just about to do my exercise but thought I would stop by and do a review first to show my appreciation and to assist others in making a decision to choose Rocket Languages.
M. von Kessel
Rocket Chinese — Germany
I tried a few chinese learning apps/softwares and finally took RocketLanguages as my primary. The 2017 Edition shows major improvements and is on the latest technological standard. So far I am very pleased with the course materials.
Rocket Chinese — Alpharetta/ GA , United States
There is no functionality to allow you to quickly click on a word that you don't know to figure out what it means. Instead you have to wait through the painstakingly slow audio to hear someone tell you what it means. Very frustrating, especially if you're like me and learn better through seeing.
Rocket Chinese — Mathew , United States
I like this because know I can watch a Chinese drama and not having to worry about it having English subtitles. I also like the Korean rocket Korea, I would recommend this to a friend if I had one who was interested in Korean or Chinese.
Rocket Chinese — United States
The learning format is presented well, the only complaint is the price, which is a bit high. The voice recognition is done well however it has issues recognizing the English form of the names such as Dave some times.