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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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
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
of the actual software
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
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
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
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
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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