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 Korean — Kentucky , United States
Rocket Languages is really good for someone who is wanting to begin learning a language fast and easy. It takes little time and you surely get a lot out of each lesson. And not only does it teach you the language, but it also teaches you different parts of the culture from where your language of choice is spoken. It's really amazing and I've already recommended to each of my friends.
Rocket Chinese — Auckland , New Zealand
The record with voice recognition grading really helps to get your pronunciation right, and the playback of your voice really helps you find out why you did get the grade you expected. These tools give a strong incentive to practice speaking, and have helped me to progress faster. The downside is that these tools are only practically useful on PC and not useful on Android because of speed and different limited web page. (I cannot speak for Apple versions).
I would give the course 5 stars if all features were available on all platforms. On android viewing the website, speech recognition is so much slower to respond, and much less accurate, so the time delays become frustrating - it is very dependent on internet and wireless speed. The key thing android misses is it that it has no ability to play back what you said (so that you can hear and correct your own mistakes). From the forum comments this appears to have been missing for 2 years or more, and I think Rocket Languages should make playback of your own voice a priority fix for android users. The effect is to limit my learning to practice on PC which is not what I planned or expected as there is nothing visible on the main web site to indicate that playback of your own voice does not work on android. The (android) rocket languages app suffers from the same limitations, and does not work at all when offline. Therefore so it is not really an independent app but merely a different way of accessing a web site. This also limits where you can use it, as you often to not have internet access when travelling. It really should have a way of caching selected lessons (with the web page data),and the so that users can practice offline, - then I would call it a useful app. So in summary, Rocket Languages is a great course if you are on PC, it has great features to help you practice writing too, but still needs to make all voice functions available on all platforms to make it really good.
I got Rocket Spanish four years ago after much hemming and hawing. I wanted to become a bilingual Spanish teacher for elementary grades (I did ;). I was preparing for 6 weeks of Spanish Language immersion in Costa Rica, and wanted to make the most of my time there. I didn't want to waste time learning the Basics in a foreign country.
I started with the Premium program, because I was leery of the cost and not sure of the quality. I was quickly convinced it was a solid investment, and decided Premium Plus would be a worthwhile. I had a great time in Costa Rica, and felt like my Spanish foundations were solid. I love Mauricio, and especially his mom. I enjoyed the audio conversations, so listening to them was never a chore. Here I am four years later, and now I need to learn Chinese (my fiance is Chinese, and his family is visiting soon, for the wedding :). I've looked at lots of programs, and I am having as much trouble as when I was looking for Spanish programs. I thought I should give Rocket Languages another shot. I logged in to my old account, No Problem!!! It's been four years, I was expecting my account to have been de-actived. Nope, it was waiting for me the whole time. Reflecting on my positive Spanish experience, I'm going to give Rocket Chinese a try. I am optimistic I will be able to leave another glowing review.
Great value for price! I like the browser but was really impressed with the app on IOS. Since I am on the go quite often, it is nice to learn Mandarin and check things off right on my phone. The more exposure to the language the better, and now I don't have to just sit at a computer all day and learn. Despite a few little bugs it has been more than I expected and I would recommend Rocket over Rosetta Stone anytime.
Rocket Japanese — Chandler, Arizona
The interactive audio lessons are so fun, non-stressful, and easy to use. I love the feature that allows me to input translations just by highlighting the words in the conversation and then test myself by going through it on my own. I download the lessons I'm working on and listen to them in the car or at work. I've already recommended Rocket Languages to most of my family and friends! Rocket Languages is nearly perfect but one thing I'd like to see at some point is more audio reviews with different uses of the words from the lesson and a review covering literally everything up to the present point. So if I'm at lesson 1.3, i'd like to see a review covering 1.0-1.3 on it. Or if I'm at lesson 3.2, I'd like to review 1.0-3.2 at some point to make sure I haven't forgotten the basics.
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Rocket Japanese — ankara/turkey
Need some more practice and review material. Full Audio parts seem lengthy. Like your course. I would like to memorize by doing practice whatever I learn from the course so need translation practices both way
Rocket French — United States
Initially I liked the program. But there are some frustrating elements that could be improved.
1. Too often new nouns are presented without the prefix. To really build vocabulary, we need to know whether a noun is masculine or feminine. 2. Too often expressions are presented only in the casual "tu" form. Yet most of the time we would likely need to use the formal "vous" form. But that is not provided in many of the lessons. 3. Some of the vocabulary in the lessons is not very practical. It would be better if the words chosen for a lesson were those most likely to be used on a daily basis. 4. The program does not save your progress. You have to remember where you left off. When I log in it always takes me back to an early lesson that was completed some time ago.
Rocket Chinese — omaha NE , United States
It is awesome. I learned so much. I am still just a beginner, but learned so much sense we bought it. Thanks I love it so much. I hope a lot of people learn stuff through it. Rocket Chinese is the best.
Rocket Italian — Illinois , United States
I'm from Italy, born into a family that speaks Italian. My family raised me to speak English, and so I've never learned Italian. I've always been interested in my ancestry and wanted to learn more. Though my English isn't the best, and I know a lot of Italian, this site really helps me learn more of the language. I recommend it to anyone with the desire to learn the Italian language.
Rocket Spanish — San Francisco/CA , United States
Rocket Spanish was everything I was looking for. A one stop shop to learn not just memorize vocabulary but to learn grammar and learning to form my own sentences. The voice recording feature is great too as it allows me to practice my accent.