James O'leary

James O'leary

Rocket Italian — United States

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I started this program as a teacher of Spanish, and having worked in a restaurant with native speakers of Italian, giving me a major leg-up. The program is good at addressing listening, speaking, and reading... I'll have to see how writing develops long-term, but they do have you spell the words. The semantically unrelated vocabulary (you learn words that are not all part of a "list" with each lesson) helps with retention. For what you pay, there is a TON of content. I'm curious to see the user forums in the future.

I'm also curious to try one of their non-Romance language offerings, to see how the acquisition is. Part I of Italian was overall enjoyable and easy to fit into a very busy schedule.