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6 Fun Ways How to Improve your Vocabulary (Without Flashcards!)

Index cards. Memory palaces. Pneumonic devices. Face it: You’re tired of learning vocabulary the traditional way. If you have to see another flash card, you might even scream. Let’s look at six ways of improving your vocabulary that are way more fun—and ...

2 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - June 15, 2019

What is a Polyglot, and How Do You Become One?

What is a polyglot? Have you ever dreamed about speaking two languages? What about four? What about six? It’s not impossible. In fact, there’s a word for it - polyglot. A polyglot is someone who knows several languages. "Polyglot" originates from the G...

6 replies - Last post by Yugesh - May 9, 2019

7 Ways to Improve Your Business Language Skills

The world is global, interconnected and rapidly changing. Knowing more than one language is the way to get ahead. Maybe you’re starting an online company and want to reach out to investors across the world. Maybe you’re a new hire tasked with an internat...

2 replies - Last post by SheffieldLass - March 1, 2019

10 Easy, Everyday Language-Learning Tips

Learning a new language can feel daunting. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find a thicker textbook, a faster course, or a more comprehensive set of flashcards. How on earth are you supposed to keep up if you get overwhelmed before you even begin? But learnin...

5 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - February 14, 2019

What Language Should You Learn (Based On Your Learning Type)?

Some people pick up foreign vocabulary words from songs, while others need to draw diagrams in order to remember grammar concepts. Everyone learns differently! In fact, there are four major types of learners—visual, auditory, linguistic and kinesthetic. ...

6 replies - Last post by Rachel1597 - January 26, 2019

9 Ways How to Stay Motivated and Have Fun when Learning a New Language

Life gets busy, and your new language-learning app falls to the wayside.   You hit a language-learning plateau, and no matter what you do, you can’t move forward in Russian.   You accomplish your biggest Spanish learning goal and can’t find the motiva...

12 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - January 9, 2019

Can you Learn More Than One Language at a Time?

You’re dating a man who speaks Turkish, but you’d like to visit your best friend in Malta. T-Pop has inspired you to learn Thai, but you’ve always wanted to speak enough Navajo to understand your grandmother’s stories. You plan to master Japanese before t...

10 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - December 30, 2018

Recent Members Area Changes

Bonjour tout le monde ! As part of our philosophy to provide the most effective language courses that we can, we are always looking at different elements of the learning experience and trying to improve them. A lot of the time these are relatively small ...

31 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - January 27, 2019

Easy Tips for Mastering a New Alphabet

You’ve always dreamed of mastering the delicate curves of Arabic calligraphy. You visited Ethiopia and gazed wistfully at the sprawling Amharic. You stumbled across Elfdalian in Minecraft and now you’re ready to carve out letters like you’re in Lord of th...

0 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - November 19, 2018

How to Master a Language…By Playing Video Games

Textbooks. Lectures. Homework.   What if you could just throw it all away?   What if you could pick up a PlayStation controller instead—and your grammar would actually get better?   It sounds crazy, but it’s true.   Give it a try.   Why should you us...

14 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - October 22, 2018

Can You Learn a Language the Same Way a Child Does?

When it comes to languages, babies are so talented that it’s not even fair. They seem to just absorb whatever is being spoken around them—without flash cards, memory palaces or even spaced repetition! Not to mention that their accents are flawless. Sure, ...

12 replies - Last post by Grant-K1 - October 15, 2018

5 Native American/Indigenous Languages You Should Learn

What do you think of when you hear the words “Native American”?   If you live in the United States, chances are you picture cowboys and Indians, or Pocahontas, or red-painted men carrying a bow and arrow while saying, “How.” You may even think about head...

2 replies - Last post by Erubar - September 13, 2018

How to Use Social Media for Full Immersion

Ping! Two new likes. Beep! Cuatro nuevos commentarios. Tweet! Achthundert neue Tweets.   If you’re anything like me, you stay plugged into social media no matter where you go, tweeting and liking, uploading and swiping. Your thumbs are permanently attach...

1 reply - Last post by JeffreyL8 - August 21, 2018

Tips for Improving Listening Skills

I was ready to conquer Spain.   I had nearly a decade of Spanish lessons under my belt. I’d brushed up on slang in both Castillian Spanish and Catalan. And I’d dog-eared my copy of Folger’s so many times the pages were falling out.   I stepped off the p...

10 replies - Last post by Rachelital - June 16, 2019

How to Optimize Language-Learning with your Learning Style

In college, I was an Arabic major. I was also, hands down, the worst one in my Arabic class.   My first semester, I struggled even though I studied the same way my classmates did. I slogged through Arabic news broadcasts. I toiled over worksheets. I made...

0 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - May 24, 2018

How to Improve Your Foreign Language Pronunciation

I love writing in new languages. Whether it’s a text message or an essay, I love putting words to paper, and I pride myself on my ability to communicate almost like a native speaker…until I open my mouth. To me, the most terrifying part of learning a lan...

0 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - April 30, 2018

How to Beat a Language-Learning Plateau

You’ve always wanted to learn French. You dream of strolling through Paris at midnight, you’ve watched La Vie en Rose twelve times, and you can tell a 2003 Cabernet Franc from a 2004 Cabernet Franc just by smell. So you decide to learn. You enrol in a c...

9 replies - Last post by TwilaT - April 26, 2018

New Rocket Languages release!

Bonjour tout le monde, We are excited to announce a reasonably substantial new release/upgrade! So, what are the main changes? 1. Play it! Our conversational trainer, Play it!, has been upgraded and improved. You will see that it is now positioned towar...

46 replies - Last post by sfpugh - April 23, 2018

How to Improve Your Foreign Language Pronunciation

I love writing in new languages. Whether it’s a text message or an essay, I love putting words to paper, and I pride myself on my ability to communicate almost like a native speaker… until I open my mouth. To me, the most terrifying part of learning a la...

1 reply - Last post by KellyMJara - March 30, 2018

Etymology: You Already Know More Foreign Words Than You Think

“English doesn’t just borrow words from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, beats them unconscious and goes through their pockets for loose vocabulary.” —James Nicoll, writer. The English language is a sausage: It’s a mash ...

1 reply - Last post by Matthew-H68 - March 2, 2018

Language-Learning Myth 7 Less Common Languages Won't Help Me

In the village of Ayapa, Mexico, the once-vibrant language Ayapa Zoque is about to die. Only two speakers remain—elderly men named Manuel and Isidro—and they refuse to speak to each other. For years, linguistic anthropologists have been trying to get the...

2 replies - Last post by KelllaurBailar - February 14, 2018

Language-Learning Myth #6 Some People Are Just Naturally Good at Learning Languages

My best friend speaks six languages. Yes, six. She has rented an apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia; set up shop in Frankfurt, Germany; fallen in love in Nice, France; and spent years speaking Creole with her relatives in New Orleans, Louisiana. To top ...

7 replies - Last post by rocket ron - February 23, 2018

Language-Learning Myth #5 - I Speak English… That’s Good Enough.

Last November, I got trapped in Senegal. After spending a few months traveling through East and West Africa, I was eager to get home, cook Thanksgiving dinner and finally sleep without a mosquito net. But when I arrived to my flight, the attendant tore u...

13 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - March 8, 2019

Language-Learning Myth#4 - Learning a Business Language is the Same as Learning Another Language

The modern world is more globalized than ever. You can eat breakfast while Skyping a CEO in Hong Kong, email English marketing executives over lunch, and conference call an entrepreneur in Qatar before dinner. Given our globalized reality, you’ve probabl...

3 replies - Last post by MatthewS42 - February 7, 2018

Language-Learning Myth #3 - Traditional Instruction Is the Key to Success

If you slip into my study, you’ll crash into a mountain of Spanish textbooks. You’ll have to step over Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step and Complete Spanish just to reach my desk, where it will take you more than an hour to sift through the half-scribbled wo...

5 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - April 30, 2018

Language-Learning Myth #2 - Learn a Language in 10 Day! How long does it really take?

Riddle me this. One person has studied French for two years. One person has studied French for ten days. Who’s the better French-speaker? The answer? It’s impossible to tell. Maybe the person who studied French for two years only shows up for class once...

3 replies - Last post by junalynbadua-17 - January 19, 2018

Language-Learning Myth #1 - Translation Tools Are Good Enough to Get By

This is part 1 of a series on common language learning myths. Congratulations! You know 103 languages. Or, at least, you basically do. With the magic of Google Translate, you can communicate flawlessly and fluently in everything from Afrikaans to Zulu. ...

4 replies - Last post by joseph-schmo - December 30, 2017

Subliminal Language Learning: Does It Really Work?

Pop on a pair of headphones before bed and learn Italian in your dreams. Play Vietnamese radio while you cook and absorb vocabulary while chopping onions. Turn on an Arabic TV show without subtitles and let the colloquialisms wash over you. In no time, yo...

6 replies - Last post by joseph-schmo - December 20, 2017

Changes for the Rocket Languages 2018 Edition released early

Hi all I wanted to point out a few changes that we have made to the members area interface on desktop computers and laptops, just so no-one gets confused! These changes are part of our roll-out for the 2018 Edition. Over the next few months we will be r...

68 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - November 23, 2017

Romance Languages: What Are They and Why Should You Learn One?

When we think of Romance languages, an image of Don Juan or romantic, wine-drinking lovers may come to mind. While meeting your better half and learning a romance language don’t always come hand-in-hand (actually, learning a romance language is easier!), ...

3 replies - Last post by Graeme -TE1q - August 6, 2017

How to Improve Your Accent

Cynthia and Richard Murphy were your average Americans: Cynthia worked at a bank and Richard was a stay-at-home dad helping to raise their young daughters. They had been living in the suburban New Jersey neighborhood for years. Their children went to loca...

21 replies - Last post by KelllaurBailar - July 18, 2017

Rocket Languages latest release

Bonjour tout le monde We have just released a semi-major update that includes some new features and some upgrades to existing features. These changes/updates are of course free to all members :) FlashCards: Adding images Members now have the ability to ...

10 replies - Last post by jolietil - July 3, 2017

9 Hacks to Improve Your Writing Skills in Your Foreign Language

We all want to communicate well, no matter what the language, and writing is an integral part of this. Naturally, writing in our native language feels easier and less awkward compared to writing in our foreign language. This becomes pretty obvious the se...

9 replies - Last post by jolietil - May 24, 2017

10 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Speaking in a Foreign Language

You've started learning a foreign language. You memorize new vocabulary words, use flashcards, study new grammar topics, and then comes the moment of truth: you meet a native speaker. Excited and nervous to show off what you've learned, you start to spea...

14 replies - Last post by Grayhawk - April 12, 2017

How to Say Thank You in 50 Languages

While Thanksgiving isn't until the end of the year in the United States and Canada, it's a great time to start learning how to say "thank you" in as many languages as possible! If you wanted to say thank you to everyone on the planet, you'd probably need...

7 replies - Last post by jolietil - June 10, 2017

5 Things You Need to Know About Adults and Language Learning

"I gave up studying philosophy. After all, when will I ever need it in my daily life?" "There's no way I'll ever sing like Adele, so what's the point in even taking lessons?" "What's the use of learning tennis if I won't even be good enough to compete?"...

18 replies - Last post by jolietil - March 11, 2017

Which Language Should You Learn?

Are you thinking about learning a new language? If so, congratulations! You're about to embark on a fascinating and rewarding journey that is filled with countless benefits. Do you know which language you would like to learn? If not, you're not alone. Be...

18 replies - Last post by KelllaurBailar - February 7, 2017

Language and Politics: 5 Ways They Have Worked Together to Change the World

This is a guest post by Andrea Reisenauer Between the Brexit, the recent US election and important upcoming elections in France, Germany and Iran, 2016 and 2017 will mark significant years in world politics. From immigration policy to legislative represe...

6 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - January 12, 2017

20 of the World's Most Beautiful Untranslatable Words

By Andrea Reisenauer, guest blogger. As every language learner probably knows, translating between two languages is no easy task. Each language has its own linguistic, grammatical and semantic complexities, and many ideas are simply "lost in translation....

6 replies - Last post by KellyMJara - November 29, 2016

Speed Learning Languages: Is it really possible?

The 21st century has brought more than just new technology and globalization. It's also brought with it a more fast-paced and impatient society than ever before, a society that no longer has the time it once had to sit in a language class and study a text...

15 replies - Last post by trutenor - November 27, 2016

The Most Spoken Language in the World

By Andrea Reisenauer, guest blogger. A few months ago, we took a look at some of the world's most spoken languages. From Spanish to Russian to Arabic and everything in between, the world's 15 most spoken languages are spoken by nearly half of the world'...

3 replies - Last post by David K - November 14, 2016

Rocket Languages 2017 Edition launch

Hi all The team here at Rocket have been putting in some long hours to get the 2017 Edition of Rocket Languages across the line and I am excited to announce that it is now live! For current members the 2017 Edition is free as part of our "Free updates fo...

45 replies - Last post by KellyMJara - November 3, 2016

How to Become Conversational in a Language

By Andrea Reisenauer, guest blogger. Becoming Conversational: Five Tips for "Fluency" You've started learning a new language. You memorize new vocabulary words, use flashcards, practice conjugating verbs, study new grammar topics, and then comes the mom...

15 replies - Last post by Matthew-H68 - October 4, 2016

The 10 Most Useful Business Languages for English Speakers

By Andrea Reisenauer, guest blogger. While English is the most widely used language for business, academia and tourism, speaking only English is a major disadvantage in today's job market. The job market is more competitive and globalized than ever befo...

7 replies - Last post by trutenor - September 17, 2016

Is it Possible to Learn Two Languages at the Same Time?

Maybe you've been studying German for years but are now required to study Spanish for an upcoming business trip to Mexico. Perhaps you're a college student with a minor in French but an interesting Arabic class has caught your eye. Or maybe you're simply ...

10 replies - Last post by KelllaurBailar - September 12, 2016

The Best Language Learning Software?

Recently, we talked about whether or not it's really possible to learn a language online (for those who missed it, the short answer is: yes!). There is a catch, though. While it is possible to learn a language online, it's only possible for those who take...

9 replies - Last post by Joe-S7 - October 23, 2016

Language Learning Myths: Adults and Language Learning

Learning a language is a fascinating, complex journey into a new culture and way of thinking. It forces us to challenge our minds, memories and mouths and to step out of our comfort zones. For many of us adults, this can sometimes be an uncomfortable expe...

15 replies - Last post by Rodney-J - August 23, 2017

The Top 10 Spanish Language Hacks: Learn Spanish in Half the Time

Spanish Hacks! As one of the world's most spoken languages and the second most spoken language in the United States, there's never been a better time to learn Spanish. Whether you've been studying Spanish for years or are considering giving Spanish a try...

7 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - July 30, 2016

The 15 Most Spoken Languages in the World [Updated]

Recently, we took a look at how many languages there are in the world today. The answer was quite astounding and proved that there are even more languages out there than we can imagine. Many of these languages, however, have very few remaining speakers. W...

8 replies - Last post by David K - August 3, 2016

The Latest Rocket Languages Update!

Hi all We recently pushed out a significant update to the Rocket Languages members areas! The main differences that you will notice are: The page load times should be faster and general functionality will also happen more quickly. The badges and poin...

20 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - November 4, 2018

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