Rocket Italian Proved To Me That Rocket Languages Isn’t A Scam
Rocket Languages has been given lots of awards.
But do these awards mean anything, and should we trust them?
No, I’m pretty sure they’re meaningless.
After all, these rewards are also present on the Rocket Chinese page, and that course was absolutely terrible and received the lowest rating I’ve ever given.
That’s why I was so surprised to find that Rocket Italian doesn’t suffer from the same problems of Rocket Chinese.
- Unlike the Rocket Chinese host, the host in this course doesn’t suffer from a painfully bad accent.
- The lessons are structured in a much more logical manner without throwing in advanced topics early on.
- The Chinese course had to deal with teaching how to write characters, which they did a terrible job of. Obviously, this isn’t needed in an Italian course.
- The technological side of the apps seems to have improved since that review was written and more features have been added.
Rocket Italian is a user-friendly, feature-rich, and useful learning platform. After spending some time on it and checking out its features, lessons, and exercises, it left me with a good feeling from a learner’s point of view.
What I liked the most about this platform was its very well structured learning plan, which includes a lot of lessons that are connected, a lot of information and sufficient exercises to practice what you learn.
I believe it’s a great resource for beginners and intermediate learners.
This is an engaging course that covers lots of different areas
Spread into audio lessons, language and culture lessons and special vocabulary sheets, the platform is a nice method to build a solid foundation on.
The modules offer 4-5 lessons that are connected by topic and help the learners visualize the particular social context they would find themselves in – for example getting around in Italy, asking for directions and so on.
The structure of the modules and lessons is logical, you start from very basic things and you gradually build from there.
All of the lessons have enough methods to check your understanding and it’s created in such way to make sure the student is engaged. You can also find plenty of materials that can be downloaded, both audio and documents.
Get started quickly without needing to use a credit card
Just like many resources out there, signing in is just a matter of submitting your email address and choosing a password, it’s really as simple as that to have access to the platform.
You don’t need to submit any credit card details; you have no other obligations when you register.
The platform is extremely easy to browse through – the dashboard displays the levels available (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and each of those is further subcategorized into three main categories: audio lessons, language and culture lessons, and survival kit lessons.
The survival kit is basically a vocabulary building tool, which is split into various topics based on social contexts. All of these main categories are divided into modules and each module contains audio, language and culture lessons as well as the survival kit.
The structure of each module is quite comprehensive and extensive. You have the possibility to track your progress and to easily browse through the lessons.
As mentioned before, there are three levels available:
• Level 1 offers 7 modules of audio lessons, 6 modules of language and culture + survival kit
• Level 2 continues from module 8 to 15 for audio lessons and modules 8 to 14 for language and culture lessons + survival kit
• Level 3 carries on with modules 16-22 for audio lessons and modules 16-21 for language and culture lessons + survival kit
The Travelogue is a special section of the dashboard that offers special lessons in addition to the before mentioned learning plans. This is an extra learning section which can be purchased separately and it includes mostly audio lessons, but also some practice exercises.
The last section of the dashboard is the My Tools category.
This one is divided into My Progress, My Forum, My Flashcards, My Notes, My Vocab, and My Advanced Learning.
These options allow you to save up information from your lessons, add notes to each lesson, find more information about the Italian culture and language in posts added by other people and track the progress that you are making with the modules.
My Progress – great option for the competitive ones! You can set goals, watch the points of other students on the leaderboard and take tests to prove your skills!
My Forum – check out people’s posts, questions and read various discussions that people have posted in order to get answers to some of their questions.
My Flashcards – interactive method to learn vocabulary, you can save flashcards from your lessons and have them listed under this section, making it easy to revisit the information.
My Notes – whatever you can think of during your lessons, write it at the bottom of the lesson and it gets saved here!
My Vocab – this is where you can save words from your lessons, create your own little dictionary in this section!
My Advanced Learning – this is where you can find various articles, along with tips and tricks to improve your language learning process.
Here is an example of an advanced learning lesson:
The lessons include exercises that test you in various ways
Each lesson has a complex structure, plenty of materials, sufficient exercises and methods to use what you learnt.
The way it’s designed is very user-friendly, enjoyable, engaging and rather fun to go through, especially when you get to have a conversation with your computer!
There are two main types of lessons: audio and language & culture. The structure they are built on is quite similar, but with some differences that are worth mentioning.
Let’s see more what the audio lessons have to offer!
Each lesson has a brief description at the beginning and also shortcut icons that lead to the main sections of the lesson, which are basically the exercises: hear it, read it, write it, know it, quiz, flashcards, role play and you can also download a full version of the lesson in a .pdf file.
Each audio lesson starts with an interactive audio lesson of around 20 minutes where the teachers explain grammar rules, pronunciation, and cultural elements.
This is followed by a conversation section (a brief dialogue) to sum up the rules explained earlier and then you can hear the review of the lesson and repeat the words you learned.
The Play it section allows the user to choose a role and get part of a virtual conversation, practicing vocabulary and pronunciation.
Extra Vocabulary is a bonus of words; you can listen to them, record yourself and save the words under the My Tools section.
The Rocket Reinforcement is indeed a way to reinforce your knowledge! This is where you can practice most of what you’ve learned – plenty of reading, comprehension, writing and speaking exercises waiting for you to tackle.
While these exercises provide you with tons of opportunities to practice what you’ve learned, my biggest complaint is that they can get very repetitive. Throughout the entire Rocket Italian course, you’ll be asked to do these same tasks.
Examples of exercises under this section:
• Hear it! – Comprehension exercise
• Write it! – Comprehension and writing exercise
• Know it! – Speaking practice
• Flashcards – Vocabulary build-up method
Each lesson ends with the My Notes section, where you can add ideas, mementos or anything else you can think of! These get saved under the My Tools section for every single lesson.
The Language and Culture Lessons
These lessons have pretty much the same structure as the audio ones however these ones explain and emphasize more on vocabulary and cultural elements.
They include more details about the meanings of words, contexts they can be used in, grammar rules and pieces of advice on what to say and most importantly, what not to say in certain situations.
The Culture part of each lesson talks about traditions, habits, cultural specifications, stereotypes, but also about things that make Italy one of the most famous countries in the world – food, movies, celebrities and much more. It’s a very rich and extensive section of each lesson.
I must say Rocket Italian’s lessons are extremely helpful, they contain a lot of information, a lot of explanations and they definitely can teach someone how to speak Italian.
Rocket Italian is always on sale?
Rocket Italian is not a monthly subscription, it’s a one-off payment to get the courses.
You can buy the levels separately or as a package deal. What surprised me about their plans was the fact that they offer 24/7 lifetime support (forum or email) once you become their client. They also have a 60-day money back guarantee and free upgrades for life.
Although the levels 1, 2, and 3 package supposedly costs $449.85, I’ve never seen it not listed for the discounted price of $249.90.
The same can be said for the level 1 which is listed for $149.95 but seems to be on constant sale for $89.95, and the level 1 and 2 package that has the original price of $299.90 but is always for sale for $239.90.
If you also want to have the courses in a physical form, there is an option to do that as well. But the markup for CD’s is unbelievably high.
Rocket Italian is much better than I expected.
It’s not just the fact that the lessons are connected, they offer a clear structure, explain the information on a detailed level and don’t confuse the learner at all.
The only real issue I have with the course is the repetitiveness of the Rocket Reinforcement exercises.
It might seem a bit pricey to some people, however, it provides solid value in return. It covers a lot of topics, grammar, vocabulary, cultural elements and provides enough exercises to feel confident about the progress you’ve made learning Italian.
You can also try it out yourself with their free trial.