Summary: Rocket Japanese doesn’t excel in any one specific area but is more well balanced than other Japanese courses I’ve tried. The lessons can be very repetitive, somewhat boring, and rely too much on memorization exercises. But, the various aspects of Japanese are all explained pretty well. Their lessons also push you to speak aloud often while not neglecting things like grammar or Japanese culture. Overall, it’s better than I expected.
Everything works well but parts of their teaching methodology could be improved.
Covers most things well but reading is mostly ignored.
Somewhat expensive, but the price is reasonable considering everything included.
I Like Balances speaking, grammar, writing, and listening better than other Japanese courses.
Cut down on corny jokes and obnoxious English repetition found in other Rocket Language courses.
You’re pushed to speak often and practice the language with lots of exercises.
I Don’t Like Too much emphasis on memorization and not enough critical thinking.
The lessons are very boring and repetitive.
You’re asked to complete writing exercises before ever being taught how to write.
Summary: LinguaLift currently offers courses in Japanese, Russian and Hebrew. I chose Japanese and working my way through the lessons was very much like going through an online textbook. Very text-based, the material is best suited to beginners although the slow pace and heavy use of English means that it takes a while to make progress. While it’s nicely designed and includes lots of interesting content about Japanese culture, you don’t learn how to speak or understand conversations as the focus is on learning how to read (which it does very well).
Very easy to use and nicely produced but all lessons look the same.
Great for teaching reading and the cultural context of a language but not communication skills.
The material is comparable to a textbook but much more expensive.
I Like LinguaLift is one of the best resources out there when it comes to teaching you about the cultural context surrounding the language.
The texts are quite humorous to read and each lesson concludes with a reward which usually comes in the form of a video about some part of the culture.
It really succeeds at teaching you how to read Japanese and the course is easy to follow.
Don’t have to pay extra to access courses in more than one language.
I Don’t Like All of the lessons look almost identical which gets monotonous.
The course is mostly in English and it takes a while for you to actually encounter all that much Japanese.
Other courses will almost certainly have you speaking and learning the language at a quicker pace.
The focus on reading means you don’t get to listen to much Japanese and there is no way to practice speaking or holding a conversation.
Summary: Lingodeer may not be as well known as other language learning apps, but it’s actually better than most of them, and free. You’ll practice the language by completing lots of different types of exercises. They also include plenty of grammar explanations and opportunities to review what you’ve studied. All in all, for a free resource, it’s excellent.
It has a great design and everything works well with only a few minor issues.
As thorough as you could hope for from a free resource
A lot of free content and the premium plans are quite cheap.
Lots of different exercise types in the lessons.
Detailed grammar explanations.
Clear audio recordings.
I Don’t Like…
The content isn’t always ordered well with some unusual words thrown in too early.
Not sufficient for developing oral communication skills.
Not yet available in lots of languages.
Price: $4.99/mo, $9.99 for 3 months, $14.99 for a year. There’s also a lifetime option for $59.99.
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese are all taught in English. There are also some courses not taught in other languages.
Summary: Mondly is a below average online language learning resource. It does some things right and other things poorly. It’s pretty cheap, and a decent enough crash course that could help you before a trip abroad. Still, it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Both the interface and the course itself could be designed better.
It’s decent for learning vocabulary but a lot of material isn’t explained very well.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
Daily lessons, weekly quizzes, and monthly challenges – these functionalities encourage you to practice every day.
The vocabulary included is useful and drilled in an effective way.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
I Don’t Like…
The content and exercises are the same for all levels and languages.
The exercises are mostly passive and won’t help you use the language.
The order of lessons and topics isn’t very well thought out.
The interface is not user friendly and the platform is visually unappealing.
Price: There are three plans…
$9.99 per month for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for all languages
Strangely, I was able to access multiple languages even though I only signed up for one month at $9.99.
Summary: One of the most famous language learning resources out there, the Rosetta Stone method relies on immersive teaching so students will only find the material in the language they’re learning. Starting off with the basics, the units get progressively harder and cover a large range of topics. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students, it is more expensive than competitors and the exercises get very repetitive after a while. While it isn’t a bad resource, you can definitely find something better.
Very easy to use and navigate, the content is well presented but the similar format becomes deadly boring after a while.
While a lot of material is covered, you have to infer everything from the pictures that you are given. As such, there are no explanations at all.
It’s not as good and more expensive than other resources.
It’s easy to use and navigate – the content is very clearly laid out.
The extra features in the ‘Extended Learning’ pack make the material a bit more interesting to engage with.
While it is not particularly fun to use overall, I do believe that learners would improve their language skills using Rosetta Stone.
I Don’t Like…
The main units are very repetitive and I think I would find it demoralising after a while if I kept using it.
It doesn’t explore the cultural context of the language at all.
There are no explanations about any of the content and so you have to infer the meaning of everything through pictures.
It’s too expensive.
Price: The price varies by subscription length:
$79 for 3 months
$119 for 6 months
$179 for 12 months
$249 for 24 months