Summary: In the past, Rocket Chinese was among the worst online language courses I tried. Fortunately, they’ve made massive improvements to their course and have improved a lot of their weaknesses. That said, I still wouldn’t recommend using it as I think there are better online Chinese courses.
Quality Pretty detailed lessons with lots of practice opportunities.
Thoroughness Covers most parts of the language but some of it isn’t done particularly well.
Value Your money wold be better spent elsewhere.
I Like The audio lessons balance explanations of the language with getting students to engage.
Lots of opportunities to practice what you’ve learned.
I Don’t Like The exercises get extremely repetitive and don’t always focus on the most important information.
Other courses do a better job of teaching Chinese.
Sometimes the lessons don’t seem to be very well planned out.
Price: Rocket Chinese costs $99.95 for level 1, $249.90 for levels 2 and 3, $259.90 for levels 1, 2, and 3.
Summary: 90 Day Korean is an excellent Korean course. The way that the material is structured and the simple manner that it’s explained make the language feel much less intimidating than I expected. Split up into four 90-day modules, 90 Day Korean can take you from not knowing any Korean and get you to a relatively high level. I highly recommend it!
There are some small things that could be better but overall I was very impressed.
Very thorough without making you feel overwhelmed.
A great course that’s priced affordably.
The content is explained in such a simple and straightforward manner that it’s hard not to understand it.
From the first lesson, you’ll learn how the language works instead of just memorizing phrases.
The option to have unlimited access to your own personal Korean coach.
The challenges really push you to apply everything you’ve learned and take it a step further.
I Don’t Like
There’s nothing major that I dislike about 90 Day Korean, just a few small things here and there that could be slightly improved.
Price: 90 Day Korean offers two subscription plans. The Inner Circle Course (without coaching) costs $30 per month or $150 per year. The same course but with coaching costs $47 per month or $247 per year.
Summary: Italy Made Easy offers incredibly comprehensive Italian courses. Currently, there are four courses available for those at the beginner to intermediate levels. The courses include lots of video lessons, with assignments, quizzes, exercises, and other features to make sure you’re able to actually use the Italian you’ve learned. They’re easily the most thorough Italian courses available.
Very easy to use and well-structured tool. Great tips and practice opportunities for all language learning skills.
Everything is explained thoroughly, occasionally to a fault. The theory is complemented by plenty of exercises that ensure you’re learning the material.
While the courses certainly aren’t cheap, they contain everything you’d need.
The interactive, diverse and effective exercises to help you practice all the important skills.
The videos give you the feeling of having your own tutor.
The teacher and the creator of the course, Manu, is very experienced and charismatic. He knows the mistakes learners are likely to make.
The option to receive feedback on your assignments from a real person.
I Don’t Like…
Manu is very talkative. The videos could often be shorter and still include all of the essential information
Some of the videos could be edited a little more.
The high cost will make it too expensive for some learners.
Price: Each level costs $197 for lifetime access. Alternatively, the VIP version costs $248 which includes checking of assignments and customized feedback.
Summary: ChineseFor.Us is a fantastic resource for studying Mandarin online. The quality and depth of the lessons is really impressive. The site is still growing as they haven’t yet released HSK3 and higher materials, but that will be coming in the near future. This review will focus on the following courses: Beginner, HSK 1, HSK2, Pinyin Drills, Tone Drills, and Writing. I’m a huge fan of ChinseFor.Us and enthusiastically recommend their courses.
Quality Every aspect is done really well.
Thoroughness The courses are as comprehensive as you’ll find.
Value Very affordable given the high-quality and comprehensive courses.
I Like The most in-depth courses you’ll find anywhere online. No course will give you as solid of a foundation for learning Chinese as ChineseFor.Us.
The videos and quizzes are very well-made. It’s clear that they put in the effort to make a quality product.
It’s very affordable, especially if you’re willing to commit to a six-month plan. A subscription gives you access to all courses.
I Don’t Like The content may be overly covered. For a beginner, it may be better to learn some topics “well enough” instead of mastering every detail.
If you’re just looking to pass an HSK test, some other courses might get you there faster but won’t give you as strong of a foundation.
Price: A subscription to ChineseFor.Us costs $24.99/month. If you commit to six-months up front this falls to $9.99/month. A one-year subscription would cost $8.99/month.
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Summary: JapanesePod101 has thousands of lessons going back over a decade. It’s best used as a supplemental resource to improve your listening comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. I wouldn’t advise trying to use it as a standalone course because the lessons don’t always follow a clear and suitable path. While very much imperfect, it’s a useful resource and available at an affordable price.
Quality Some lessons are great and others leave a lot to be desired.
Thoroughness A lot of content but it’s not always structured well.
Value One of the more affordable tools around.
I Like Probably the best tool to improve your Japanese listening comprehension.
Tons of content for everyone from the absolute beginner level up to the intermediate level, though advanced learners would be disappointed.
Very detailed lesson notes give lots of good information.
I Don’t Like The chaotic course structure makes it hard to rely on as your only resource.
Many of the extra features aren’t useful or very well-made.
The older lessons can be a lot lower quality.
Price: There are three subscription plans with lengths available from 1 month to 2 years, with many options in between.
Basic – $8/mo, $4/mo if you sign up for 2 years. Premium – $25/mo, $10/mo if you sign up for 2 years. Premium Plus – $47/mo, $23/mo if you sign up for 2 years.
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