Our vision

To build a culturally connected world through the power of language.

A personal message from CEO and co-founder, Jason Oxenham

Bonjour !,

To immerse yourself in a language and culture, you need to have the right tools and the right teaching.

That’s why our promise is to deliver to you the best language-learning experience we can.

Read on and find out more about the Rocket Languages story.

Allons-y ! Let's go!

Jason Oxenham

Jason Oxenham
Rocket Languages
Co-Founder and CEO

Getting started

Let's rewind to 2004. I'd been trying to learn French for a few years. I'd spent a lot of time doing everything that language learners are "supposed" to do:

  • I stocked up on textbooks
  • I attended classes
  • I tried software program after software program

But nothing seemed to work. I wasn't much further than when I'd started—unless being able to say, "The cow is on the car," is progress!

I guess I wasn't the ideal candidate for learning a second language:

  • The school I went to didn't offer language classes.
  • I didn't have access to any French speakers.
  • I was, and still am, tone deaf. :)
  • I felt nervous about making mistakes whenever I spoke to French people.

I knew I couldn't be the only person having trouble. So at the start of 2004, my friend and co-founder, Mark Ling, and I put our heads together.

What other challenges were holding people back from successfully learning a second language? And how could we help them overcome them?

We did a lot of research, including:

  • Surveying several polyglots (people who speak several languages).
  • Hiring linguistic experts.
  • Researching practical learning strategies.
  • Bringing in technical experts.

Within 12 months we had created both Rocket Spanish and Rocket French by combining:

  • Engaging listening activities.
  • Easy-to-follow grammar lessons.
  • Useful vocabulary.

Both courses were instant hits. Users sent us rave reviews, saying how much better our courses were than anything else on the market.

The expansion

With this early success, we started expanding into different languages.

Not only that, but our member surveys told us that our learners were hungry for more. We listened and built advanced levels of our most popular languages.

We update and refine our courses to keep pace with advances in learning and technology.

Fast-forward to the present day. Rocket Languages is a recognized global leader in online language learning.

The future

The online language learning market has changed immensely since 2004. For instance:

  • Browsers can do a lot more (like handle voice recognition)
  • Smartphones and apps are everywhere
  • People have much higher expectations for quality and ease of use and of course
  • Many new competitors have entered the market

So, how do we intend to stay ahead of the pack?

It all comes back to the vision that we had, and still have, for Rocket Languages:

To build a culturally connected world through the power of language.

Which, for us, means providing the most effective online language learning courses possible.

We build our vision into everything that we do here at Rocket Languages. We will do anything and everything to make your language-learning experience better.

So, I know that Rocket Languages will remain a leader in online language learning for many years to come!

Au revoir !

Jason Oxenham
CEO and Co-founder
Rocket Languages Ltd

Introducing the Rocket team

Our experienced team will get your language learning to head in the right direction!

Jason Oxenham

CEO

Mark Ling

Co-founder

Hesham Jones

CIO

Marg Gardner

Customer Support Manager

Julie Oxenham

CFO

Ayesha Jones

Business Development

Marie Gomez

Customer Support

James Schafli

Developer

Matt Grueber

Graphic Designer

Mauricio Evamplieff

Rocket Spanish

Cristian Salcedo

Rocket Spanish

Jake LaBerge

Rocket Sign Language

Natalya Dubrov

Rocket Russian

Daniel Braga

Rocket Portuguese

Sujung Lee

Rocket Korean

Kiyun Kim

Rocket Korean

Shirakawa

Rocket Japanese

Sayaka Matsuura

Rocket Japanese

Maria DeLorenzi

Rocket Italian

Lucia Dallaspezia

Rocket Italian

Nikita Sharma

Rocket Hindi

Sudhanshu Sharma

Rocket Hindi

Paul Weber

Rocket German

Olga Celikoglu

Rocket German

Marie-Claire Rivière

Rocket French

Mitchel Burns

Rocket French/Chinese

Becky Miller

Rocket English

Lin Ping

Rocket Chinese

Amira Zaki

Rocket Arabic

Eiman Elmasry

Rocket Arabic