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Members area

Where exactly is the "MEMBERS AREA?"

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - May 6, 2016

Voice recognition with numbers

The spoken Chinese portions have been driving me a bit nuts lately, specifically in the case of numbers. When there's a part that requires speaking a number, it will often times detect it as the number X rather than the character for the number then tell ...

3 replies - Last post by kevinyounger88 - April 10, 2016

more on the flashcard glitch

OK - I just completed the flashcards for lesson 1.2.  First, I noticed I was not awarded the 25 points for completing the flashcard set.  Then when I returned to the main page, it still says I have 19 phrases to do as if I had done nothing.  So, it seems ...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - February 1, 2016

Additional Testing for Lessons

The lessons currently have H (Hear It Say It), W (Write It), K (Know It), P (Play it) and Q (Quiz). In extra testing there is W2 (Write It In Hanzi) and P2 (Play it in Hanzi). There are three sets of skills I seek to master: listening, speaking, reading...

8 replies - Last post by avtencza - January 25, 2016

Suggestion for the third Chinese course

I spend 3 - 4 hours every day listening to Rocket Chinese and after nearly two years of study (and living in Taiwan) my Mandarin listening and speaking have improved tremendously. Although, I live in a Mandarin speaking environment the opportunities to e...

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 17, 2016

more on the free Chinese course

OK - I think I know where it is coming from.  Here it is: Each of the tabs to the right contain pages of material that is worth going through.  Perhaps a lot (maybe all) is covered by the regular course.

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 21, 2015

Free Chinese Course

I noticed a new tab appeared in Rocket Chinese.  There is now a free Chinese course.  About once a week, a new topic in the form of a lesson appears.  What is the story behind this?  Is this being done for any other languages?

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 11, 2015

course content suggestion - advanced numbers

I would like to see content in the Platinum course include very large numbers (millions, billions, trillions) with examples.  Also, how does one represent fractions and decimal points?  How does one say 3.14159 or $2.45? Also, how does one talk...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 11, 2015


I don't see any pinyin for the conversation transcript, only the English translation.  I have been using Rocket Chinese for 2 months and this is the first time I've had this problem.  Please let me know how to recover the pinyin.  Thanks. &...

8 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - November 11, 2015

MyVocab anomalies

Occassionally, I run across a highlighted word whereby all but the first character is highlighted. For example, in a message there is this text: I think 酪(lào)=curled milk  The ào in lào is underlined and if I click on the vocab word, up c...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 31, 2015

my vocabulary

I am (was) a big user of MyVocab.  I had entered definitions for Pinyin and entered the Hanzi in the notes portion.  I also started entering Pinyin for individual Hanzi characters.  What I found particularly useful was being able to hover t...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 28, 2015

play back is extremely slow

I just went to a page and started playing some of the dialog line by line and it takes about 5 seconds or longer before it starts playing.  Then it seems to wait for the points to be updated.  This is so slow it makes it useless. I did a few "H...

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 27, 2015

MyVocab - changes I don't like

When I had entered words in the past, I selected the Pinyin, entered the English definition and in the notes section, put in the Hanzi.  Here is one example: Notes: 永久 Definition Rocket Chinese gives: 这是永久自行车厂生产的最新款式。 Zhèshì yǒngjiǔ zìxíngchē ...

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 27, 2015

Rocket in Skritter

As a user of both Rocker and Skritter it would be good if Rocket Chinese was included in the Skritter official vocab lists. Is this possible ?

2 replies - Last post by Ian-W30 - October 22, 2015

Lock Keyboard

Is it possible to lock the keyboard when doing the write it section. If the play button is pressed again to hear the senatence another time the keyboard diapears This is very frustrating and makes it to much work to be usefull

6 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 19, 2015

still can't post responses to messages

I can post new topics but when I try to respond, it says "Whoops! Something went wrong."  This is happening on Chrome.

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 19, 2015

New version Why Google Chrome? and Rocket Record not working now

What features in the new version do we miss out on by not having Google Chrome? Is one of them Rocket Record? Because Rocket Record worked fine for me before the new version. Now it no longer works. I'm not happy about having to switch to a new browser to...

3 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 19, 2015

Lesson 11.3 Interactive Audio

In Rocket Chinese Premium Plus, the interactive audio features and English speaking presenter and two native speakers.  Occasionally, the native speakers engage in some Chinese banter that is not part of the dialogs.  In the Spanish courses, thi...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 8, 2015

display text

Rosetta Stone has a ribbon at the bottom of the display that allows you to easily toggle between three display modes: Hanzi, Pinyin, and Hanzi+Pinyin.  You can easily switch between display modes at a moment's notice.  Now that you are taking co...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 14, 2015

write it test suggestion

Rocket Languages should consider adding another write it test where it shows Hanzi and asks us to write the Pinyin.  Also, include a record button so we can record our answer and then play it once the answer is revealed.

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 11, 2015

MyVocab feedback

I use MyVocab a lot, that is I add lots of words to the list. As of right now, my list has 1527 words/phrases in it. The main benefit I get is the highlighting feature. When I am working through a dialog, I can hover the mouse over the phrase and see t...

3 replies - Last post by barryh - August 31, 2015

Cantonese course

Interestingly, the University of Arizona "Critical Languages" series has a CD course for both Mandarin and Cantonese.  Also, it seems they created the Cantonese course and then created their Mandarin course using the same exact dialogs but with diffe...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 25, 2015

topic suggestion for third course

Family relationships and names is pretty complicated in Chinese.  I would like to see a comprehensive lesson(s) covering this topic.  For instance, what do you call you older brother, younger brother, older sister and younger sister?  What ...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 23, 2015

additional dialog tabs

I find Play It to be enormously helpful in learning, particularly "Play It in Hanzi".  Rocket Languages should consider adding additional tabs with additional dialogs using vocabularly from that lesson (and previous lessons) with all the usual testin...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2015

substitution exercises

Rocket Languages should consider adding more sentences with small variations to help us learn how the language works with the usual play/record buttons.

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2015

write it in Hanzi

How can I input  "ü" of "lǚtú"? "v" or "ü" do not work. With just "l" I don't get the right Hanzi. Thank your for your answer in advance!  

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 9, 2015

Testing Tab for Writing Lessons

The writing lessons currently do not have a testing tab. I would like to see one added with the usual tests (Say It, Write It (W=Pinyin and W2=Hanzi), and Know It. What I really would like to see is a "Draw It" where we are asked to draw the character a...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - July 23, 2015

play button not playing

This is probably just a bug for now but when I hit the play button, nothing plays, i.e. no lesson content.  If I record myself, that can be played back.

2 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - July 17, 2015

no audio

My machine is talking to the RC machine, but there is no audio feed.

3 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - July 16, 2015

Chinese Megacards for Beginners

I think I asked about this somewhere, but I can't find my question again. I have tried using megacards, and even the ones for beginners are way above me. Is there anyone else having this problem? It seems there should be some easier ones to start with. I ...

4 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - June 11, 2015

Error in quiz 14.2?

The third question asks: Tao cong nar biye le? (I interpret that as: from where did Tao graduate) the course gives a correct answer of: Yingyu zhuanye (English major) shouldn't the correct answer be: Beijing Daxue? Did I read the question wrong????

4 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - May 26, 2015

Survival Kit "Food" Feedback

There are 49 useful words in this section, though many of them are westernized such as jam, strawberry jam, nutella, peanut butter, hamburger, fries. It would help if more Chinese style dishes and terms were included. Dishes such as noodles, pot sticker...

7 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - May 20, 2015

Mandarin Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Chart has 4 Tones and Neutral Tone with Audio for Absolute Beginner

Hello: I would like to make a Request, Would you please Provide Pinyin Chart has 4 tones and Neutral Tone with Audio for Absolutely Beginner.

6 replies - Last post by PJN-- - March 24, 2015

Lesson 14.4 --- Daiwei's Second line

In lesson 14.4, Daiwei's second sentence is:Ó。wǒ bùzhīdào nǐmen yào gěiwǒ bàn yìge shēngrì jùhuì。 He said "weiwo" in the sound file instead of the "geiwo".  Need to correct it. Thanks.

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - March 11, 2015

Flag for review?

Hi, I would appreciate it if Rocket Chinese would add a way to flag certain lessons for review. I've done some lessons that I've already tested on, but it has been several months and I've forgotten some of what I learned. I need to refresh my memory. It ...

3 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - February 3, 2015

Writing Lesson 10.9 recording errors

The recording for kǎ (卡) is that of kāi (开). Then the recording for zhú (竹) and máo (毛) is that of bǐ (笔).

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - February 2, 2015

Bonus lesson on tones

This is a comment rather than a question. I think this is one of the most helpful lessons I have studied yet. It was ingenious to use the English word "no" and the cookie scenario to demonstrate the four tones in Mandarin Chinese. And the suggestions for ...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 14, 2015

Error in Chapter 2.8 sound files The sound file for Madam is the one for Young Lad, the one for Young Lad is the same as Miss. The one for Miss is simply duplicated.

6 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 8, 2014

Small Character Size Makes it Harder to See Detail

Hello all, I have noticed that the Chinese Character size in the lessons seem to be small and also a very light weight font (thin line used) which can be a bit challenging to distinguish detail. When you add a character to your vocab list it becomes bold...

2 replies - Last post by danos - November 29, 2014

Are you too busy to learn?

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook, recently wowed the crowd at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University by speaking in Mandarin Chinese. The amazed students expected that he would start with some pleasantries in Chinese and switch over to Engl...

5 replies - Last post by chloe-robot - November 29, 2014

Is there/was there a "My Assessments" section of Rocket Chinese?

I read an extensive review of Rocket Chinese online and the reviewer mentioned a tab on the left called "My Assessments." It sounded very useful, but I don't see it here. Is that something Rocket has removed from the program? If so, why? If not, where is ...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 3, 2014

chinese cangjie ?

Hi can someone please help me use the keyboard it the hanzi test as I m not sure is it the chinese cangjie keyboard I need to select and how do you use it , I have to admit I am not great at writing hanzi but I can spell around 10 basic words but can no...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 12, 2014


Why doesn't the Rocket course have pronunciation practice. What I mean is I would like a visual display of the sounds written out (if possible). Some of the sounds are difficult and not every recording is the same. It would be nice to work on perfect pron...

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 1, 2014

Leaderboard not updating

For about two weeks now, the Leaderboard has not been properly updating nor displaying my points. My dashboard appears to be working fine. I contacted RL support on August 24 and they responded saying the problem would be addressed. However, nothing ha...

6 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - September 25, 2014

Lesson 2.3 - At the Airport

First, regarding this sentence: Qǐng chūshì nǐde fēijīpiào。 请出示你的飞机票。 Your tickets, please. I think a more precise English translation is "Please present your airline tickets." Google translate give this for "Your tickets, please": 你的票。 Nǐ de piào. S...

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - September 21, 2014


I am curious to know how far along the students are who have 2 to 3 hundred thousand points. Just curious

2 replies - Last post by コウ日本語 - September 13, 2014

Lesson 2.3 - tickets versus airline tickets

I still have a question, though a bit trivial, regarding this sentence. Qǐng chūshì nǐde fēijīpiào。 请出示你的飞机票。 Your tickets, please. I know that in English, if we are at an airline counter, it is perfectly sufficient for them to ask for our tickets. The...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 11, 2014

Lesson 4.5 Making Reservations - shípǐnjiē

I am noting cases where in the Culture section new vocabulary is introduced but without the usual play/record mechanism. Note that without this, it does not get included in the testing section. In this lesson, the word 食品街 (shípǐnjiē) which means "stree...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 8, 2014

Scoring integrity questioned

Someone whose account has been inactive for months just returned to Rocket Chinese and scored over 82000 points in one day. Previously, I have noted another person scoring over 25000 points in a single day. These huge surges in point totals indicate eit...

4 replies - Last post by nóng fū - September 7, 2014

Lesson 1.1 possible error

Hi, As I was going through lesson 1.1 Conversation Transcript, I noticed that the first time Mr. Dave talks he said,"Wo henhao. Xiexie". You translated it, "I am very well. Thank you". But from what I could tell, wouldn't the proper translation be, "I am ...

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 23, 2014

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