This Review Covers the Rocket French™
Language Learning Course...
 

Learning to speak a second language is one of the most rewarding challenges that you can undertake. Learning the native tongue of the countries you travel adds wonders to an already thrilling experience.

One can find so many courses that claim to teach a foreign language. How do you know which ones stack up, and which ones fall short?  We put up this site in an effort to share our experience with anybody that is wanting to learn to speak French.

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The program I have reviewed is Rocket French™ which  is produced by a company named Rocket Language Ltd. This course was written by Marie-Claire Rivière who is a native Frenchman. The company has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality language learning courses which include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese, and the American Sign Language.

The first module contains 31 audio tracks that will have you speaking some basic words after your first lesson. The course instructs conversational French which means you will be able to converse with native French speakers in your travels. You will feel comfortable speaking with the locals, asking for directions, ordering in restaurants etc.

The package includes the actual transcripts of the audios and I found that particularly helpful in following along. Each audio is about 20 minutes long which means the full module is about 11 hours of content. The methods used within this content will allow you to absorb and speak modern French quickly. Eleven hours seems like a lot I know, but with the use of the audio tracks the time goes by very quickly and effortlessly.

The program also includes software that makes learning very easy, and more importantly, it is fun. The first software application is what they call MegaVocab
™.

This is a vocabulary recognition tool. I found this very helpful in the beginning especially. You basically run through a series of words and you learn the words through repetition, and an association with a picture. It's sort of like the flashcards you used to learn with when you were a kid.

The software has 1000 words and pictures built into it, but it also allows you to add more words and pictures of your choice as you advance with the language.


screenshot of the actual software



screenshot of the actual software
Once I started to learn the vocabulary I went on to the MegaAudio™ software. This phase of the course is where I started to feel confident about all I had learned.

The software provides exercises that test and improve your recognition of the spoken words. The system provides a score with each exercise so you always have a unit of measure for your progress.

I found this software to be a lot of fun to use. It is one thing to learn the vocabulary, but to understand it when spoken is another. In my opinion this is where other programs fall short, and where Rocket French excels.


Another very cool aspect of the Rocket French™ program was that it isn't just an introductory course. The course is designed with the assumption that the student has no background in the language when starting. But it continues to an advanced level as well. I felt like this increased the value of the program because I wouldn't have to go out and buy a more advanced course as I progressed.

Possibly the most impressive part of this course is the members only forum where you can ask questions and communicate with other students and the Rocket Language online instructors. To me, this forum made the cost of this course a real bargain. If you happen to get stuck on something, you find lots of help in the forum.

My closing comment involves the pricing of this course. I wanted to get started straight away so I was delighted to find that they offered a download option which means they don't have to ship out CD's, software and printed material. They offer a two hundred dollar discount if you choose the download option (which is what I did). I was then able to listen on my computer, burn the material to a CD, and even load audio onto my ipod. By purchasing the downloaded course I was able to save myself two hundred dollars and I picked the course up for just under $100.

To top it all off, the folks at Rocket offer the course with a 60 day guarantee with no questions asked. When I consider the quality of the material presented, the software, the forum participation, the guarantee, and the bargain price, I can only give the Rocket French™ program my highest rating of 5 stars. If you are wanting to learn a second language, I think you will have a real hard time beating the quality of this program.

Good luck with your new challenge!


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