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3431 Customer reviews

DAVID MAK

DAVID MAK

Rocket Chinese Canada

Submitted: 2 years ago

8 Likes

A great online tool to teach you how to get the nuances down of the Mandarin language. Topics covered are relevant and assist in everyday conversation. Also, cannot beat the price versus the competition.

Jo Rhett

Jo Rhett

Rocket Chinese San Jose, CA , United States

Submitted: 2 years ago

8 Likes

It has all the right content, but in all the wrong order. After struggling with the early lessons I realized I had to start each lesson at the bottom, learn the simple words and phrases and then make my way up to the longer stuff at the top/beginning.

Then after struggling with 5 lessons of long, complex multisyllabic structures, they finally introduce you to the endings and tone pronunciations. This means that the lesson structure is in the wrong order too.

Technology seems great, lesson ordering and general approach seems to need a lot of work.

Finally, this is likely a personal choice: but when I'm trying to learn Chinese I really don't want to have an exuberant english guy shouting at me about how excited he is. As I realize some may like this, I'd like an option to filter out Dave and just learn from the native speaker.

John P

John P

Rocket Chinese United States

Submitted: 2 years ago

8 Likes

So the program is pretty decent. Using Rocket will definitely increase proficiency. The most frustrating part of the platform by far is the new voice recording system -it's extremely slow and very un-responsive. It slows down the whole learning process. Customer service is cumbersome process but based on the cost of the program, it's not fair to expect that much.

Eric Etcovitch

Eric Etcovitch

Rocket Chinese United States

Submitted: 3 years ago

8 Likes

In my pursuit of trying to study Mandarin, I have tried many, many, many courses, both in-person and online, and never quite found one that helped me stay motivated. In each case, I never felt like I was absorbing anything and would become discouraged really easily.

After trying a few lessons of Rocket Chinese, I can honestly say that this is by far the best course I’ve tried so far! I can not say enough good things about this course! Among the many things I love about it:
1. The price: the price is extremely reasonable especially given it’s a lifetime membership!
2. The course structure: the fact that the overall course initially focuses on oral rather than both oral and written skills. While I definitely want to learn the written portion and the course has more than enough to cover that in later lessons, I really prefer to focus on my conversation skills initially especially given that pronunciation is extremely critical in Mandarin! Many courses focus on both from the start, which ends up overwhelming and discouraging me.
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Response from Rocket Languages: Please contact customer support about the Siri issue. It is probably an easy fix. Also, offline usage on the app is coming soon!

Barry Hartley

Barry Hartley

Rocket Chinese NSW

Submitted: 3+ years ago

8 Likes

There are many options when it comes to learning Mandarin and they all seem convincing. I have tried several when I first began some years ago. These included private lessons, online one-on-one, and well known DVD lessons. It was not until I took up Rocket Languages that my learning started to show significant results. I was not just learning words but phrases that could be used in real life situations. The methods Rocket Languages use are most effective by the way they are structured and their native speakers have excellent pronunciation. I have travelled four times to China and have been told that my pronunciation is so good that they assume I am fluent, I am not, but I am confident in almost any situation in mainland China thanks to Rocket Languages.

Jeanne  Dennis

Jeanne Dennis

Rocket Chinese

Submitted: 3+ years ago

8 Likes

Rocket Chinese fits the way I learn, and I was very happy to find it. I like the way it gives me options for learning and review instead of just drilling me. And I can go back and review anything I need to, anytime. The way the program is designed, I control my own learning, and I like that. The order of teaching makes sense, the cultural information is very helpful, and the reminders by email from Lin Ping help keep me focused and encourage me to add some variety to my program.

I think the best feature is the ability to record myself and compare it both aurally and visually with the teacher's recording of the same word or phrase. In level one, even though Dave is fun and very good, I do wish both teachers were native speakers for an accurate accent, at least for the recording parts of the lessons.

I've just started learning to write the characters, and so far, that teaching looks great too. I haven't gotten into the games too much, but I think they're helpful for stretching me beyond my comfort level. The point system encourages me to reach for the next goal, and that's fun and rewarding.

Overall, I love the program and I would recommend it to any English speaker who is motivated to learn Mandarin Chinese.


Fabio Gammerino

Fabio Gammerino

Rocket Chinese

Submitted: 3+ years ago

8 Likes

I used Rocket Languages as a valid help in learning languages. It is incredible how fast you can learn with only 30 minutes a day. I am learning Mandarin, and, believe me, the course is great. Do not pay too much attention to who tells you learning Chinese is impossible, and online courses do not work. You should see the face of my Chinese colleagues and customers when they hear me speaking Mandarin. Now, they are the ones who think: "That's impossible!"

Tanya Evans

Tanya Evans

Rocket Chinese Fayetteville AR

Submitted: 3+ years ago

8 Likes

I am excited about starting this program. I feel I can actually learn Chinese and attain a level of proficiency that will allow me to work and visit China. I like the Pinyin. I like the audio and interactive lesson. I am starting this program with a very positive attitude.

Ryan Hidayat

Ryan Hidayat

Rocket Chinese Singapore

Submitted: 1 year ago

7 Likes

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.

John Bester

John Bester

Rocket Chinese South Africa

Submitted: 1 year ago

7 Likes

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.