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3431 Customer reviews

Catherine Hartman

Catherine Hartman

Rocket Italian Cincinnati, Ohio , United States

Submitted: 1 year ago

14 Likes

I had never studied Italian before, but after two trips to Italy, I decided I wanted to be able to read and converse in Italian for my next trip. I started knowing essentially zero words, and was concerned about being able to pronounce words correctly. The audio dialogs and additional lessons make it easy to replay a word or phrase and keep practicing until it becomes easy. Then you can check your pronunciation using the.microphone. How cool is that? The content of the lessons is real life situations so the lessons are so useful to a traveler. Maria has very clear enunciation . She speaks carefully and clearly. That makes learning the word pronunciation easier. There is some humor in the lessons too. I find it fun and engaging. The say it, write it, quizzes, know it and flash cards are great tools to reinforce the learning and find those portions that need additional study. Then the certification tests at the end are a useful assessment of your progress. Rocket Languages are well done, fun, and thorough and the price is quite reasonable. I would recommend these courses to any language learner.

Phil Patton

Phil Patton

Rocket Italian United States

Submitted: 3 years ago

14 Likes

Rosetta Stone and several other courses, all picture oriented, were getting me nowhere. I'm not an infant and no longer learn is such an inefficient manner. Rocket is much better. I'm an adult- just tell me what the words mean. Guessing at what pictures are trying to tell me, not to mention deciphering sentence structure and conjugation that way is not fun!

Mike Bushnell

Mike Bushnell

Rocket Italian Reading , United Kingdom

Submitted: 3 years ago

14 Likes

Having got to the end of my tree in Duolingo, I was looking for something more structured that could take me to the next level. Stumbled across Rocket Languages on the internet and decided to take a chance on the free trial to see what it was like.

Overall impressions so far are very good - the course is much more in depth, and uses real people to deliver the lessons and caters for different learning styles. The points/badges system is useful for keeping up motivation, the the weekly "Rocket Fuel" emails are tailored to here you are in the course. While more expensive than Duo (i.e. not free!), I have so far found it to be very helpful - and have jumped in to the paid for version with both feet. Despite having a fairly good knowledge of some words though Duo, I have found that even in Module 1 of Rocket I am learning things that I simply haven't covered previously.

For me, the existence of an iOS app is also a key selling point, as I am rarely in front of a computer with a microphone (which is critically important if you want your attempts at speaking rated). This also lets you get in a bit of studying whenever and wherever you want. I do think that the app still needs a little more attention, but is good enough for now and I have been impressed with some fairly rapid responses from the support team.

In summary - I personally would recommend Rocket Languages, and I hope to stick with it for a long time to come!

Ant Wingate

Ant Wingate

Rocket Italian Nottingham

Submitted: 3+ years ago

14 Likes

I have a very busy life style. Working away a lot all over the UK. My mum's side of the family were from Italy. I've had the desire to learn Italian for this reason and also I plan to honeymoon there in 2018. Rocket Italian is great because I can download lessons and then when doing a long drive a can listen to the lesson.

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

Rocket Italian

Submitted: 3+ years ago

14 Likes

I like that so much of the exercises use audio. Too many language teachers end up teaching how to read a language, but put very little emphasis on speaking and comprehension. I also really like the dictation exercises, mostly because they give me practice in comprehension of spoken Spanish.

David Huff

David Huff

Rocket Italian United States

Submitted: 3+ years ago

14 Likes

Works great, and fun. Only problem is that Hear it Say it stops working after a few lines. Otherwise seems very effective, can work while driving, lunch breaks etc. Before it was always hard to find quiet time to work on languages. Keep working on android!

Cheryl Hallinan

Cheryl Hallinan

Rocket Italian NSW , Australia

Submitted: 10 months ago

13 Likes

I am loving learning the language of my grandmother by this system. She lived with me and my parents in Australia until I was 12 and she occasionally spoke and sang to me in Italian. That was nearly 50 years ago and as a result I spoke Italian like a 2 year old - pointing and naming things with no grammar or modern constructions when I started this course. Lots of practice and revision is needed but I find myself starting to think in Italian!

I spent a month in Italy in 1976 and got by with mime and pointing and naming but we are finally going back there in September to a Villa in Tuscany where my husband is doing a photography masterclass. I will travel around solo by public transport to Sienna, Florence and Pisa and complete part of the Camino walk. So I've been studying with Rocket and finding it fantastic. The practical nature of the conversations for a tourist when combined with the excellent grammar instructions ( I was an English teacher) has been perfect.
I purchased all three Levels of Italian and will have fully completed Level 1 by the time we travel and work on the others when we get back. Hopefully we can return to Italy in future years to make full use of this excellent resource.

Jack Morocco

Jack Morocco

Rocket Italian Richmond, California , United States

Submitted: 3 years ago

13 Likes

I am just in the early Italian lessons but already I have a feel for the language. The ROCKET style is both immersive and explanatory. The lessons are based on real conversations and then verbs and grammar are expanded. The added cultural references are fantastic!
I think the strongest feature of the curriculum lies with the ability to record your own voice and compare it to the lesson speaker. I am able to speak and listen over and over, hearing every little inflection until I get it right. At the introduction to each lesson, it sounds difficult. At the end of each lesson it seems so easy. The review before each new lesson reinforces the previous lesson. As an instructor myself, I appreciate the careful lesson plan that engages vocalization, comprehension, vocabulary expansions, and written words. But unlike dry textbook style, the lesson is really just a typical conversation, so you feel able to jump right into a situation and understand. I have wanted to speak Italian my whole life so I can travel to Italy and now I am so exited that this is now within my reach.

Cameron Howe

Cameron Howe

Rocket Italian Georgetown , Canada

Submitted: 3 years ago

13 Likes

Would I recommend to a friend? Already did, to all four of my immediate colleagues at work that are considering Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese.

Did Pimslueur when I was trying to learn Lithuanian for my wedding. Great for pronunciation but certainly very limited vocabulary, no grammar instruction, no book and no writing component. Very expensive on top of that.

Rocket Italian seems to have all of these bases covered so that I can look forward to a true understanding of how the language works rather than parroting back audio tapes.

David  Price

David Price

Rocket Italian Spokane

Submitted: 3+ years ago

13 Likes

Done very well. Especially for older persons like me who have trouble remembering. Glad to see you point out formal vs informal. It is not just memorizing a script, information provided gives you a understanding of what is being said. Review process at the end of each lesson is very helpful.