Rocket Languages is a relative newcomer in the language learning market. This is one of its strong points. While older, more traditional, companies were trying to figure out how to transform their outdated learning materials into something that could be used online, Rocket Languages came along and developed a new course that was specifically designed for web-based learning.
The effects are clear. The Rocket Italian program is well-researched, well-designed, easy to use, and priced at just $99 dollars, for which you get a lifetime membership. In the end, users get a learning experience that is engaging, effective, thorough, and great value for their money.
Rocket Italian’s web-based audio courses use the modern, highly effective communicative approach to learning. The program’s dialogues are high-quality and recorded by native Italian speakers. Most importantly, they are highly interactive. Users are a part of the conversation, not just listening to it.
Each interactive dialogue has a corresponding language lesson that covers both usage and grammar. These lessons are clear, practical, and directly related to the chapter’s interactive dialogue. Each chapter also includes a culture lesson. These lessons aren’t just for fun. They offer practical insights into Italian culture, designed to improve your overall communication abilities.
Rocket Italian includes three MegaItalian learning games, MegaVocab, MegaAudio, and MegaVerbs. These learning games are fun and effective ways to master core second language acquisition skills. They also provide learning diversity for those who are not strong auditory learners, making this program suitable for all types of learners.
Users gain lifetime access to the Rocket Italian learning forum. There you can receive support from an Italian native speaker and from your fellow students. It has a very social atmosphere, with like-minded learners sharing experiences and recommending resources. People even share Italian travel information.
Another very unique feature of this program is called My Motivation. Here users have access to learning tips and tricks, goal-setting advice, confidence building exercises, achievement measuring plans, and many other valuable learning resources.
Who Should Buy This Software?
If you are a beginner looking for a very user-friendly online Italian course, you should buy this software. It is the best you’re going to find, and it will get you up and running with Italian quickly and smoothly. It is friendly, easy to use, and very efficient. It is also well-priced for such a comprehensive program. I also recommend Rocket Italian for those who enjoy active and helpful community forums. Online support is excellent, which is good for beginners.
Who Should Not Buy This Software?
If you speak Italian at an advanced level, or if you are an academic looking to dive deeply into the structure of the Italian language, this software is most likely not what you’re looking for. It is communication-based, and what grammar and sentence structure is taught is very rudimentary. It is there to aid in the communication process, not for academic purposes. Also, this course is online, so if you have a poor Internet connection, you may want to think twice. Note: All audio and written dialogues can be downloaded and used on a mobile device or a home computer, so if you like this program, but have a spotty Internet connection, there is a way to get around the problem.
My Rocket Korean Learning Experience
Logging in, we can see that the Rocket Italian course has three main study areas.
- Your Course
- Your Motivation
- Your Community
Core learning takes place in the “Your Course” section. This review will focus on that area. If you would like to see the entire package, I recommend that you sign up for a free 6-day trial. It’s quick and painless–just takes an email address. Get a free 6-Day Trial.
The Your Course section of the software is where I did most of my learning. It has 2 parts, the Interactive Audio Section and the Language and Culture section.
The Interactive Audio section is the bread and butter of the course. I am going to walk you through lesson 2.2 Train Station, as I learn it. When I opened up the software, the first thing I noticed were the audio controls.
There are a few things to notice here. First, they are simple, clean, and modern–I like that. Second, on the right hand side you can see a Download Audio button. This was a feature I loved. I can only sit at the computer and learn for so long, but I can walk, listen and recite for hours on end. And that’s exactly what I did. I loaded the courses onto my MP3 player and learned on the fly! …and I liked it.
The third thing to notice is that there are two audio clips, the Listen to the Full Audio clip and the Listen to the Conversation Clip. This is a wonderful feature. The Listen to the Full Audio clip has 30 minutes of great interactive instruction, but sometimes I didn’t want all that instruction. I just wanted to practice pronouncing the words in the dialogue. Having the dialogue, which is just 26 seconds long, in a separate audio clip made it easy for me to do that.