This Review Covers the Rocket Italian™
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About six months ago I decided to pursue my long time desire to learn to speak Italian. In my area it is not all that common to find people that speak Italian. As a youngster I was friends with an Italian family and I was invited to many of their Sunday dinners. I always found the language to be charming.

I had no idea where to find a home study course, so I asked one of the local college professors for advice. He steered me in the direction of the Rocket Language company. He was in the process of

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studying their Rocket French course and mentioned that they also offered courses in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German as well as Italian. I began to check out the course and gather my facts. Based on what I had seen available in the marketplace, the course from Rocket seemed to be the best choice. This course was produced by an Italian by the name of Maria DiLorenzi.

The course is presented in modules. The first module contains 31 audio tracks that will have you speaking some basic Italian after your first few lessons. You will learn enough words to have a basic conversation very quickly.

The package includes the actual transcripts of the audios and I found that particularly helpful in following along. Each audio is about 25 minutes long which means the full module is about 13 hours of content. The methods used within this content will allow you to absorb and speak Italian quickly. Thirteen 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. You basically run through a series of words and you learn the words through repetition, and an association with a picture. It is very similar to the flashcards that we used when we were kids.

The software has 1000 words and pictures built into it, but it also allows you to add more words and pictures of your choice. This is a feature I used a lot.

screenshot of the actual software

screenshot of the actual software
I started to feel very reassured once I began to use the third module which is 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 by playing an audio clip of a word in Italian, and then you have to select the photo that is associated with the meaning of the word. Your results are scored so that you always know how far you are progressing.

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 what's really important.

This course was designed to take a person from the beginning stages of learning the language, but it also continues to an advanced level. 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. I was amazed that this feature was included in the price.

Another part of my decision to participate in the Rocket course was the cost. To find a course of this high quality, I expected to spend three to four hundred dollars. There were a couple of courses that looked promising in that price range. However the cost of the Rocket Italian™ course was ninety nine dollars and change. I was also excited to find that I could download the entire course to my computer instantly upon making my payment. The instruction on their website made the download a breeze. I was then able to listen on my computer, burn the material to a CD, and I even loaded audio on my ipod!

If you are nervous about deciding on a course, you will be assured that the course comes with a 60 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. When I consider the quality of the course work, the software, the forum, the guarantee, and the bargain price, I can only give the Rocket Italian™ program my highest rating of 5 stars. I am confident that I found the best possible course for me, and I feel very strongly that a better value does not exist anywhere. I recommend that you make things easy on yourself and check out the Rocket Italian™ course. I'm sure you will be pleased with that decision.

See you in Rome!

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