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I am always on the lookout for quality online Spanish learning resources, and recently came across Rocket Spanish.
I decided to sign up and take a look, and wanted to share my thoughts and experience with you. That’s why I wrote up this Rocket Spanish review.
What is Rocket Spanish?
Rocket Languages, founded in 2004 by two friends with just Rocket Spanish and Rocket French, was the first company to offer online language learning courses.
Today, Rocket Languages offers online courses for 15 different languages.
Rocket Spanish teaches all 4 language competencies, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a huge variety of modules and activities.
One thing that sets Rocket Spanish apart from other online courses is their state-of-the-art voice recognition technology. The folks at Rocket Spanish firmly believe that it’s not enough to speak and repeat a new language in your head; you must really speak it regularly to get it to stick. That’s why many of their activities include speaking into your computer or phone’s microphone.
Rocket Spanish includes 3 levels: level 1 for beginners, level 2 to bring you to intermediate, and level 3 to get you to advanced. You can purchase just level 1, 1 & 2, or all 3 levels.
Let’s take a look inside and see the modules, lessons, activities, quizzes, and tools that make up Rocket Spanish.
Rocket Spanish Program Details
Each level consists of a group of modules, and each module has a set of lessons that go with it.
The lessons are categorized as either interactive audio lessons or language & culture lessons, and each module ends with a certification.
For example, Level 1 has 7 modules. Module 1 has 12 lessons, 1.1-1.12, followed by a Rocket Certification. 1.1-1.7 are interactive audio lessons, and 1.8-1.12 are language & culture lessons.
There are also survival kits and reviews for each level, a travelogue section, and some really cool tools which I will delve into later.
Let’s take a closer look at the activities in lesson 1.1, called Let’s Get Started!
In the upper right-hand corner of lesson 1.1, you’ll see that there are 5 icons representing your to-do list of reinforcement activities for the lesson, along with a downloadable PDF. They include Flashcards, Hear It! Say It!, Write It!, Know It!, and Quiz.
Lesson 1 kicks off with a 15-minute audio lesson with subtitles for you to read along with. It’s in both English and Spanish, explaining things in English as necessary. In this case, it’s introducing you to simple greetings.
Then we continue onto conversation practice. Here, you’ll be playing the part of either Amy or Mauricio, speaking your part of the conversation into your mic. Rocket Spanish recommends using a headset mic for these voice recognition sections.
Next is a list of Extra Vocabulary, with the words written in both Spanish and English, with another chance to both hear them and record them.
Once you get through your audio lesson, conversation practice, and vocab, it’s time for the reinforcement activities.
Flashcards is just that – a set of digital flashcards with your lesson vocabulary. You’ll see a card with an English word on it. When you click it, the card will turn over and show you the Spanish word, as well as play it out loud. It’s a great way to test your vocab and pronunciation.
Hear It! Say It! is an activity where you’ll hear a Spanish word or phrase, and then repeat it into the microphone without reading it. It’s a great way to check your understanding and, of course, pronunciation again.
In Write It!, you’ll hear some Spanish audio and then type what you heard. It even comes with special buttons for you to easily type the special characters you’ll need.
Know It! is a translation activity where you’ll read a word in English, and record yourself saying it in Spanish.
After giving each answer in these activities, you’ll rate them as easy, good, or hard, allowing you to come back to the ones you need extra time with.
Lesson 1.1 wraps up with a five-question multiple choice quiz.
As you can see, that’s a lot of activities, and that’s only lesson 1.1!
There are 11 more lessons before you even finish module 1. (Remember, there are 7 modules in Level 1).
Rocket Spanish also comes with something called Travelogue, in addition to the 3 levels.
The Travelogue consists of 12 chapters, and each chapter has 6 lessons.
Each lesson in the Travelogue section follows Miguel and Maria as they travel to Mexico. They include Spanish and English audio, along with reinforcement activities similar to the ones mentioned above. This section focuses on travel, so it would be a great one to complete before taking a trip to a Spanish-speaking country.
In the left sidebar, you’ll see a section called Tools. Make sure not to overlook it, as it contains some really cool and unique features.
Here you can keep track of your progress, post questions to forums, keep track of your current Spanish level, and see some recommended resources.
Here you’ll also find some sections called My Flashcards, My Notes, and My Vocab.
At any time during any of your lessons, you can simply highlight a word with your mouse, and a little save button will appear. If you click on it, you can add that word directly to your My Vocab section, and even add a note to it. That word will then appear in your left sidebar under Quick Tools, and will also appear in the My Vocab section of Tools.
The My Flashcards section has a list of flashcard collections created by the CEO and other users. Here you can also create your own flashcards, either by manually entering words or importing them directly from your My Vocab section. You can make your flashcards public, for all Rocket Spanish users to see, or private.
You can type notes during any lesson into the left sidebar My Notes section, all of which you can easily find in the My Notes section of Tools.
Rocket Spanish looks like a great way to learn Spanish. However, it might not be for everyone.
First of all, as with every online course, you need to be self-motivated to work on it.
I also think that the experience could be improved with more pictures and videos. It’s pretty text- and audio-heavy, without much in the way of visuals. You should definitely supplement your language learning with some videos and audiovisual materials. You can see some of my movies/TV resources here.
You can sign up for the 7-day free trial and see if you like it before signing up.
Looking at all the positive customer reviews about the course (currently 2,913 5-star reviews) and the customer service, it is obvious that those who took the plunge are really enjoying it.
Rest assured it comes with a no-questions-asked 60-day guarantee. If you’re not happy with it, you can easily cancel via e-mail within 60 days and you’ll get a full refund.
Let me know if you give Rocket Spanish (or any other Rocket Languages course) a try! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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