I just finished level 1 and thinking about buying level 2. It is quite a big investment (Rosetta Stone big). I was wondering if anyone has completed it and how far will it take me? Can anyone compare level 2 to any other other programs in terms of what level I should expect to achieve after? Currently I put myself at a mid-beginner level. Has anyone completed all 3 levels? I really enjoyed level 1 and I am on the fence about level 2 - maybe more leaning away from it that toward it.
Advice on Level 2
November 20, 2013
November 21, 2013
I'm assuming that you mean moving onto Rocket Premium Plus as being "level 2". I have completed (but not mastered) all three levels and can honestly say after spending vasts amounts of money on previous courses over ten years that Rocket Spanish is the best I have worked on (so far) and I honestly do not work for the company! My one complaint is there is not enough exercises and drills in the course to ensure you have actually "mastered" each topic. I find I can go over a unit again and again without retaining anything, and I think Rocket Spanish could put more in the "testing" area to help this.The removal of the "big testing" was a retrograde step in my opinion and should be re-instated as it was "timed" and covered many areas of each topic in a different way.
November 22, 2013
Hi John, I don't use anything except the audio. After i have listened to a lesson once or twice I shadow the dialog over and over (reading out loud along with the conversations as they say it while looking at the script). I think this is the best practice you can do. Much better than any test or quiz they can make or add. I actually opted on starting Assimil instead of buying level 2 because of price. Rocket Spanish is much more fun but I couldn't justify the price not knowing how far it will take me.
November 24, 2013
I would also like to see more testing and exercises. I like that they added writing (dictation). It would be nice if they add an English to writing exercise. Also, perhaps, break down the sentences into smaller parts and test us on that. I miss the big tests. They should add some milestone tests, i.e. at the end of each block (as shown in My Study Plan), add a unit test.
November 25, 2013
Rocket Spanish does have its advantages over other programs. It is quite a well-rounded program. I am still on the 1st level and utilize all parts of it in-order to use the money that I invested to the fullest potential. My plans are to continue on to Rocket Premium Plus because of the reviews that I have seen from users. It is a hefty investment but I want to invest my time wisely while I am learning Spanish and, so far, Rocket Spanish has be a good investment!
January 12, 2014
I am currently working on level two (Premium Plus) I find it is well worth the cost - actually better than level one for improving my conversational Spanish, mostly because the vocabulary level is higher and the topics therefore are more broadly discussed. I have already bought level three and tried a lesson but decided to complete the Premium plus first. I do find I go back to level one - premium- for review especially to some of the later lesson. Just reset the tests and start all over. Actually I do it with all the lessons as I find that coming back to the vocabulary and to the language concepts is reinforcing (a nice way of saying I forget a lot over time)