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Rocket Language is the best language learning program and I know from experience having most of them. My favorite part of Rocket Languages is ease of use.
Seeing all the rave reviews makes me wonder if there's something wrong with me. I am not a linguistic novice; I am a native speaker of English but a fluent speaker of Korean, I majored in linguistics in graduate school, and I've studied several languages both in university classes and on my own. But I'm having a hard time making any progress in Rocket Chinese. Eleven- or twelve-morpheme sentences are just too long for a beginner in the language. And while Lin Ping's spoken examples are very clear and easy to understand, David always sounds like his mouth is full of food and everything runs together. (I'm sure his Chinese is very good, but Chinese itself tends to sound like that to start with. It's just really frustrating.)
I bought the complete premium course and am wondering if I made a terrible decision.
Response from Rocket Languages: Hi Warren - Thanks for your feedback. We have actually just released ( Dec 2019) new Language & Culture lessons for Rocket Chinese that start out in a more straightforward way. Not only that, we have replaced Davids parts in the audio with a native speaker!
Not as structured as I'd like. Some of the lessons seem unnecessary, as I wouldn't use them in everyday life. I have previously used Pimsleur but thought this was a better deal. I prefer the lessons with the interactive audio kind of like Pimsleur. the other lessons aren't super helpful, but I guess they are nice to have... I wish there was more repetition of phrases instead of single words. Interface on both app and browser are outdated and could use some major updates (especially the app). Kinda buggy, but that is forgiven. I also use the hellochinese app, and it is great. Might go back to Pimsleur if it wasn't so overpriced.
If you are a language lover like me and wish to learn many languages but not the typical boring way and want to fast forward it, go for rocket languages which gives you an amazing experience of how to converse in any language...Rocket Languages is the best place to learn a language quickly and efficiently.
Da jia hao!
I decided to learn the Chinese language because I've always found it quite interesting and most of the population here speak this language. I did not regret getting the full version of Rocket Chinese because of the extensive content that it has. Since I've started learning Mandarin here, I have noticed improvements in my conversational skills, writing skills, and, from there, I also have manged to recognise some Chinese characters bit by bit as I complete more lessons.
However, I think the structure of the lessons can be better if they had followed the structure of the HSK standards. Although I find the content really good so far, some words that has been taught previously appears again in the "Extra Vocabulary" section, which I think can be replaced with other relevant words like the lesson "Going shopping" did not even mention the word "shangdian" which means "store" as in stores in a shopping centre or even appears on the extra vocab section. Also, the Chinese locals here speak differently and use different words (although the same meaning) in their daily conversation, like we use Huayu (chinese language) instead of Hanyu.
In conclusion, I think Rocket Chinese is good for learning but it requires constant improvements to fill up the gaps that were probably overlooked.
I can't. I have just started some days ago. To say something awesome so soon after starting should be carefully evaluated. Studying Chinese isn't easy. Maybe I have something positive to say at the end of my first course. Thank you.
I like the Chinese course. It is thorough and challenging especially if you go through all the exercises from the 20 to 30 minute speaking presentation and continue to the last - the quiz. I like the speaking the best. Even thou I can't seem to pronounce the second tone or the vowel u. But I am learning. I would recommend it to my friends. I do wish the comments from people in my course would follow the same as the reviews. That is the latest comments come first and not at the end! I also find the writing part really challenging. There is a keyboard to write in pinyin and you get instant feedback.
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed rocket chinese.
It has shown me that learning an entirely new language from scratch is possible in a very fun way, all you need is some dedication and practice.
I already feel comfortable with my pronunciation due to the recording function rocket chinese has.
Can't wait to see how much my chinese will improve in the next few months.
The interactive audio is excellent however I struggle with the writing component. I am not sure what would be the best way to learn written Chinese over the internet, but I know I struggle with the way it has been presented to me here. However I purchased this product to learn the spoken language which it is great to learn from.
I have been a calligrapher of chinese brush for 10 years, and NOW I am learning the language! I knew that whatever I found had to fit my “not so beginner, but very beginner” status. Rocket Chinese does the trick! I really like learning the grammar this way. It isn’t so daunting. I also have to study grammar as well, since I translate what I write, but this has really increased my confidence. Thank you! Xie xie!