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More Members Area Changes for 2020!

JenniferB84

Love the updates to Rocket French for 2020.  All changes are very helpful and logical.  Wondering where the star went though to add vocab to my list? 

Peter--252

Hi Jason,

OK thanks, that makes sense.

Signor Riccardo

Ciao Jason, 

Perfetto!

BrianH51

Jason,

For the redo of the Rocket German Level 1 Audio. How will that work if you are midway through the Level? Will all of the lessons still be the same, just with different speakers, or is the actual dialogue going to be changing as well? Just curious as I enjoy going back to previous lessons to refresh while sitting in traffic everyday, so just wondering if the previous lessons will be different now. 

Also, any idea on timing of this switch?

Thanks, 
Brian

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi JenniferB - The "favorite" star was taken out due to a conflict with the notations. We are considering bringing it back in some form but have other changes on the immediate list.

Hi Brian - The Rocket German Level 1 Interactive Audio course is being entirely rewritten and re-recorded, as that course is now 10 years old! From what I have seen so far the new scripts look like a substantial improvement upon the existing course. We are still a couple of months away from releasing the new course.

When the time comes we will just replace the current lessons. Of course if you have already downloaded the "old" audio then you could keep using that if you wished. Does that answer your question?

BrianH51

Yes Jason, thanks.  Looking forward to the new version. 

Sno-J1

Thank you for the updates. I have found the subtitles very helpful as I print out my lessons and make notes for each one.  The onscreen keyboard commands are helpful in moving thru the lessons with ease without having to use the mouse and slow down.  Great updates!

jason-oxenham-ceo

Thanks for your comments Sno! 

Another update coming out on Monday is a change to the left-hand sidebar. Once we push out that change you will be able to search for words/phrases, see your My Vocab list for that lesson, as well as any notes about the lesson that you may have saved. Stay tuned!

Tomás71

These new changes sound great. I've noticed many of them, and very much appreciate them.

For special characters, you have often used Guillemets (or angle quotes) when writing quotations. However, they are not included on my Microsoft Spanish keyboard or in your online keyboard for use in the Write It exercises. Do you still use these Guillemets, or have you changed to using single quotes? (I noticed that in my more recent lessons, you have been using single quotes. But why not the usual double quotes? The are also acceptable for Spanish, aren't they? In fact, none of my references indicate the use of single quotes, except for quotes within quotes.)

Thank you.

Peter--252

Tomas,
If the Guillemots are the same as the French chevrons, you can enter them on most platforms using the alt key if you wish: press Alt and type 174 quickly = «, and alt+175 = ».  It might seem awkward at first but with a little practice it becomes quite smooth.  

Jason: I notice that the order of forum posts has reverted back to the original, i.e. newest last.  Was this the preference of the majority?  I preferred the style with newest post first, myself.

Alan-L1

The  'show latest reply'  button at the top works fine for me. I

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi Peter - After garnering some feedback we decided to go with the more standard approach used in forums. The main issue was around the positioning of the "Add my comment" field.

Hi Tomas - We are going to standardize the quotation marks in Rocket Spanish soon!

Peter--252

Thanks Jason.
I hadn't noticed the 'Show latest reply' button, which solves the problem. 
(It looks like my observational skills are more like Dr Watson's than S. Holmes's :( )  

Sno-J1

Hello Jason,

Could you advise if the "Notes" section will go back to as it was before.  The side bar is not sufficient to keep notes or to even read them as the space is so small.  I took full advantage of Notes in the previous version and really depend on those for retention and review.

Regards,

Sno

nóng fū

Hmm, since the 2020 changes have been coming online the highlighting of vocabulary in Rocket Chinese has gone away.  This is a very useful tool in a rather difficult language.

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi Sno and Nong Fu - We will have a look at both of these suggestions! 

夫婦茶碗

Would it be possible to utilize space on the right for notes?

How about a box that follows you, so you don't have to scroll back and forth to take notes?

Thanks for your hard work!
 

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi All,

I hope that 2020 is going to be a big year for you, particularly with respect to your language learning!

Recent changes:

As we are already finished with January, I thought I would update you all on some recent changes to the Members’ Area and what's in store for 2020.
  • All Interactive Audio lessons now have a 10-second skip forward/backward function to make it easier to navigate the audio tracks.
 
  • Eagle-eyed Rocket Spanish, French and Italian users may have noticed that we have added subtitles to the Interactive Audio lessons for all levels (and for the more advanced Travelogue series). The idea is that having the full transcript available will help with understanding what's going on - particularly for beginners! It has proven to be quite a time-consuming process to add the subtitles in, but we will be rolling subtitles out to all other languages over the course of 2020. Rocket Chinese and Rocket German are currently being worked through (more on what's in store for Rocket German below).
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  • We have also added notations to phrases in Rocket Spanish and Rocket French to make it easier to understand things like gender and formality, as well as literal translations where they are useful. Again, this will be rolled out to those other languages where notations will be useful in the future.
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  • On the Write It! reinforcement activity, we have added in the special characters as individual keys to make Write It! easier to use. Currently these special characters are available on Rocket Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. We will be looking at the remaining languages with regards to improving their keyboards as well.
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  • In the next couple of weeks we will be expanding the Quick Settings in the sidebar navigation to add in more functionality, like the ability to search for words/phrases within your course, and displaying any My Vocab words/phrases within the lesson.
 
  • Last but not least, we are also currently working on replacing the entire Rocket German Level 1 Interactive Audio Course. The main thrust behind this is that we would like more native German speaking throughout the course.

You can rest assured that Rocket Languages courses are constantly being worked on and improved so as to provide you with the most effective and extensive learning experience that we can!

Watch this space, and have a fantastic 2020! 

On behalf of the Rocket team,

Jason Oxenham
CEO

 

Signor Riccardo

Subtitles for interactive audio sessions would be good on the app too.

MichaelC150

I really appreciate your dedication to improving and helping us learn a new language. Thanks very much.

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi Signor Ricardo - The subtitles are indeed on the apps as well! At this stage that's for Rocket Spanish, French and Italian members. Rocket Portuguese is just about done as well.

Hi Michael - Thanks! It's all part of our company mission to produce the most effective language learning course that we can!

Peter--252

Hi Jason,

Like Michael I really appreciate the work you guys do.
Just one comment - I did try the "P" key when using the Write it activity, but it just write "P" in the window, rather than replaying the tutor audio.  This makes sense, otherwise you wouldn't be able to enter "p" into your answer! So do you need press ctrl-P or alt-P to make this work?

It works ok in the "Hear it, Say it" activity.

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi Peter - With Write it! - The hot keys only work AFTER you have "revealed" the answer. Otherwise, as you mention, it wouldn't make sense to be able to use them while the answer field is "live". 

In saying that we might re-think the wording of the hot key instruction text to make it clearer.

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