Summary: Rocket Italian is a great, comprehensive and easy to use course. It’s perfect for beginners and intermediate students. It’s an independent learning resource which can definitely teach you on its own how to speak and write Italian.
Well-designed platform, user-friendly, complex and very comprehensive.
Each lesson has extensive information and very valuable learning materials.
It’s not cheap, but still affordable for most. Rocket Italian is an excellent learning tool for beginner and intermediate students.
I Like Logical and clear structure of the modules and the lessons Downloadable materials Plenty of exercises and explanations Easy to keep track of your progress and check how good you are compared to other students
I Don’t Like Sometimes the recording feature doesn’t work
Price: one-off payment – Level 1 costs $89.95, Levels 1&2 cost $239.90 and all three courses purchased as a package is $249.90.
Italy Made Easy has excellent Italian courses. Pimsleur is another good option worth considering that forces lots of active recall of the language.
Rocket Languages offers courses in many different languages. In our experience, the quality can vary significantly depending on the language.
We’ve found Rocket Chinese and Rocket Portuguese leave a lot to be desired. In fact, I’ve never given a lower rating than I gave to Rocket Chinese. At the same time, Rocket Italian and Rocket French are both very well put-together courses.
Be wary of overly positive Rocket Language reviews. They pay well for affiliate leads which leads to a lot of reviews being nothing more than sales pages.
Summary: This online tool is useful for people who already have a basis in Italian, it can be a great way to improve vocabulary and pronunciation. Beginners might want to look for alternative resources when it comes to learning grammar and the basics. ItalianPod101 comes in handy as a complementary tool to a more structured learning plan.
The platform is easy to use, well designed, but the structure of the modules is not the best.
It covers mostly vocabulary and pronunciation in more depth, not so much grammar. No exercises available, just one vocabulary quiz.
Useful, but is definitely not the best resource out there.
I Like Plenty of audio files to practice pronunciation and comprehension Downloadable materials Thematic conversations and vocabulary structure Cultural elements explained in every lesson
I Don’t Like Lack of exercises Not a sufficient stand-alone resource for beginners. Random lessons suggestion, not connected to previous lessons Lots of unnecessary talking in English
Price: Free trial for 7 days. If you pay for one month at a time, the Basic plan costs $8/month, the Premium plan costs $25/month, and the Premium+ plan costs $47/month. There are varying durations with lower prices for the longer you commit – up to two years.
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