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Rocket Korean Review – Meh, Not My First Choice

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Summary:

After trying Rocket Korean, I came away pretty disappointed. In part, this is because they don’t do a great job of teaching Hangeul, which leaves learners unable to read even very basic Korean. I thought this, coupled with the repetitive exercises, made Rocket Korean uninspiring. There are better courses that will help you build a sturdier foundation while also being more enjoyable to use.

If Rocket Korean is for anyone, it’s for learners that are willing to supplement with resources that teach Hangeul well and for those that don’t find a less-than-exciting course, though it is structured clearly. It probably isn’t the best option for learners on a budget or those that want to learn to read.

Quality

Very repetitive review exercises that aren’t particularly well done.

Thoroughness

Does a poor job accomodating a different writing system.

Value

Too expensive to justify the cost.

Price

There’s only one level of Rocket Korean which costs $99.95. You can also pay in six-month installments which costs $19/month.

Alternatives: 90 Day Korean is a much better-structured (and more enjoyable) course that will give you a better foundation.

KoreanClass101 has audio lessons which are more fun to listen to and is also much cheaper.

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Rocket German Review & Why You Can’t Trust Online Reviews

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3.3 

Summary:

Rocket German is a decent enough course, but it falls short of the high praise it often receives. The audio lessons aren’t bad, but they aren’t exceptional either, and the activities that are part of every lesson are too repetitive and boring. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly good course, with a nice structure, lots of clear grammar explanations, and opportunities for you to practice what you’ve learned.

As such, this is a course that could potentially work for learners that are looking for a course with a very clear structure, lots of explanations, and a mix of audio and visual content. Learners that are after an engaging course, are on a budget, or want better cultural insights should probably look elsewhere.

Platform

Nicely designed interface with pretty good lessons.

Content

Lots of exercises, but they’re all very similar and repetitive.

Value

Pretty expensive for what you get.

Price

Level 1 costs $89.95
Levels 1 & 2 cost $239.90
Levels 1,2 & 3 cost $249.90

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Rocket Chinese Review – Improved But Other Courses Are Better

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2.8

Summary:

In the past, Rocket Chinese was among the worst online language courses I’d tried. Fortunately, they’ve made massive improvements to their course and have improved on 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 in my opinion.

Price

Rocket Chinese costs $99.95 for level 1, $249.90 for levels 2 and 3, $259.90 for levels 1, 2, and 3.

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Rocket Arabic Review – Not Worth The High Price

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2.5 

Summary:

Rocket Arabic has over 120 hours of audio and reading lessons that are aimed at helping beginners learn Egyptian Arabic. While the lessons offer up numerous opportunities for users to improve their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills, I think the content is severely lacking and is not very well thought out.

Unsuitable for intermediate and advanced learners, beginners will definitely learn some Arabic, although I think they would have to use the resource alongside a couple of others to really make any headway.

Quality

While the platform looks great and is easy to use, the actual content of the lessons isn’t very good.

Thoroughnes

The lessons could cover a lot more grammar and use more Arabic, although the cultural explanations are quite good.

Value

The content doesn’t warrant the price as you’d have to use other language learning resources alongside it.

Price

It’s a one-time purchase that costs $149.95. You can also use their six-month payment plan which costs $27/mo. There do seem to be regular sales which lower the price to under $100.

Alternatives: There are lots of other online Arabic courses that I’d recommend using over Rocket Arabic.

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Rocket Japanese Review – Exceeded My Low Expectations

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3.7 

Summary:

Rocket Japanese doesn’t excel in any one specific area, but it’s 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.

It will likely appeal more to learners that like a mix of audio and visual content as well as a clearly structured course. Advanced learners, those on a tight budget, or anyone particularly interested in improving their reading and writing skills may want to look elsewhere.

Quality

Everything works well, but parts of their teaching methodology could be improved.

Thoroughness

It covers most things well, but reading is mostly ignored.

Value

It’s somewhat expensive, but the price is reasonable considering everything included.

Price

Level 1 costs $99.95
Levels 1 & 2 costs $249.90
Levels 1, 2 & 3 costs $259.90

Alternatives: There are several online Japanese courses that I prefer over Rocket Japanese.

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Rocket Portuguese Review – Not Quite Worth the Money or Time

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Summary:

Rocket Portuguese is an online Portuguese course made up of audio and reading lessons. The course currently covers one difficulty level, which claims to bring beginning learners of Brazilian Portuguese up to an intermediate level. Interactive audio lessons and repetitive exercises provide learners with lots of practice in a variety of skills, but some may find it difficult to justify the price with how monotonous the course is.

The course would work best for learners at a low level that enjoy both audio and visual content, lots of explanations, and frequent practice activities. It probably isn’t the right resource, though, for those looking for an especially engaging way to learn or those on a budget.

Quality

The interface is clean and easy to use, but the voice recognition could work better.

Thoroughness

The course is structured fairly well, but exercises are overly repetitive.

Value

There are certainly resources that are better worth your time and money than Rocket Portuguese.

Price

Rocket Portuguese Level One is available for a one-time price of $149.95 or $27/month for six months.

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Rocket French Review – Solid But Boring

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3.7 

Summary:

Rocket Languages offers courses in a number of languages, some of which aren’t great, while others are pretty solid. Rocket French is neither amazing nor terrible, it’s pretty good. The content is structured well and gives you lots of opportunities to practice what you’ve learned. But, their lessons can be rather bland, with a large emphasis on rote memorization drills.

Quality

The lessons aren’t very exciting, but you’ll learn from them, and they’re designed well.

Thoroughness

The course structure is solid and includes lots of explanations.

Value

The price tag for the lessons is relatively high but justifiable.

Price

Level 1 costs $99.95, Levels 1 and 2 cost $249.90, all three levels together costs $259.90.

Alternatives: Pimsleur is a somewhat similar course that focuses more heavily on oral language.

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Rocket Spanish Review – Boring But Still A Decent Course

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3.8 

Summary:

Rocket Spanish is a pretty good Spanish course, but it’s not my personal favorite. Although I find the lessons tend to be very boring, the content is well structured and fairly comprehensive. There is a good mixture of listening, speaking, grammar, and review activities.

Quality

The app and the lessons are well designed, but I experienced some minor annoyances.

Thoroughnes

There are lots of practice activities following each lesson, and course structure seems logical.

Value

Not cheap but not absurdly expensive either.

Price

Level 1 costs $99.95. Levels 1 & 2 costs $249.90. Levels 1, 2 & 3 costs $259.90

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Rocket Italian Review – Better Than Expected

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3.8 

Summary:

Rocket Italian is a good, comprehensive and easy-to-use course that’s ideal for beginners and lower-intermediate students. It’s an independent learning resource that can definitely teach you how to speak and write Italian on its own.

Quality

A well-designed and user-friendly platform with solid materials.

Thoroughness

There are lots of extra materials included in each lesson, but they’re too repetitive.

Value

It’s not cheap, but it’s still affordable for most.

Price

For a one-off payment, Level 1 costs $99.95, Levels 1&2 cost $249.90 and all three courses purchased as a package are $259.90.

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Italianpod101 Review – Solid But Has Room For Improvement

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3.5 

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, but 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.

Quality

The platform is easy to use and well designed, but the structure of the modules is not the best.

Thoroughness

It covers vocabulary and pronunciation in depth, grammar less so. There are no exercises aside from a vocabulary quiz.

Value

It’s useful, but there are better resources out there for the money.

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 longer commitments which extend up to two years.

Use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription to ItalianPod101. 

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