Rocket Languages is a recognized online learning resource that teaches several European, Asian and Middle Eastern languages, as well as American Sign Language. The Rocket German course is one of the more common European languages presented. It is a comprehensive course containing several components, catering for the diverse ways people with different learning capabilities learn new languages.
Upon signing up for the course, each customer gets immediate use of a personal online dashboard which can be accessed on computer, or on a smart-phone (android or iPhone) after installing the appropriate app. The dashboard acts as a tracking system for one’s progress through the course. It contains all the elements of the lessons arranged in a way that allows for quick and easy navigation.
There are 3 levels of language proficiency in the program:
- “The Premium”, which caters for those wanting to attain good conversational capabilities at a level of beginner to intermediate, at a cost of US$99.95;
- “The Combo”, which adds to The Premium so that a very good conversational level can be attained corresponding to a more advanced level of communication, at a cost of US$249.90;
- “The Works”, which includes both previous levels in addition to a more advanced program geared towards the serious learner, at a cost of US$259.90.
Each higher level contains progressively more hours of lesson time and other ancillary items such as voice recognition phrases and flash card sets.
Several items in the Rocket German course contribute to its high quality as a teaching facility. For example, there are over 60 hours of “Language and Culture” lessons, which underline the necessity of cultural appreciation for any aspiring student wanting to become fluent in a language. Understanding the structural and mechanistic ways a language operates is essential for progressing to a high conversational level.
A second example, termed “Write It!”, is particularly useful for acquiring written skills in the German language. The student listens to a sentence or phrase from an audio file spoken in German, then types it using the computer keyboard. (If the student’s keyboard does not have special German characters installed, a keyboard incorporating those characters can be used by one provided at the bottom of the page.) The translation is then checked online and rated.
Other examples of items offered in the Rocket German course include general techniques designed to significantly enhance the learning language process, access to an around-the-clock support team, a well-presented array of grammar rules, a forum for interaction with other students, and a set of tools designed to keep the student motivated.
The most valuable set of tools in the Rocket German arsenal, however, are the interactive audio lessons, especially the voice-recognition software. It is here that students really get the opportunity to improve their conversational capabilities, especially pronunciation, which is critical in real-life conversations with native speakers of a language.
Each lesson begins with a conversation between two people in German. The conversation is then broken up into smaller sections and transcribed onto the page in both German and English. The student listens to the individual phrases separately and repeats them into a recording feature embedded in the page. The repeated words are sent to the Rocket German audio-recognition software and rated for clarity of pronunciation. This feature is without a doubt one of the best language learning systems we have encountered.
In conclusion, it must be said that nothing beats the effectiveness of a one-on-one language instructor when wanting to learn a new language. However, as far as on-line courses go, Rocket German is the next best thing. It comes with a free 60-day money back guarantee trial period and lifetime access. It also comes highly recommended by us.