This Review Covers the Rocket
American Sign Language™ Course...
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|You could have several
reasons for wanting to learn the American Sign
Language (ASL). Maybe you need to learn it for a
career, maybe you want to be able to teach it to
others, or possibly you want learn to
communicate with family members who may be deaf.
Myself, I was taught some basic signs many years
ago in grade school, and I have always just
wanted to advance what I had once been taught.
I had asked around to friends
and family if they had recommendations for a
good, solid course on the language. The ones
that made recommendations to me, all seemed to
be pointing to one course in particular.
The Rocket Sign Language Website
I have reviewed is Rocket American Sign Language™ which is
produced by a company named Rocket Language Ltd.
The company has an outstanding reputation for
producing high quality language learning courses
which include French, Spanish, German, Italian,
Japanese and Chinese, and the Amercian Sign
This program has 5 components; The MegeSpelling
software game, the MegaSign software game,
Dictionary software, The Sign Language Learning
Guide, and the Rocket Language members only
You can move
through this course at your own pace. The design
of this course is very effective and makes
learning the language easy and interesting.
|The program includes software that makes
learning fun. The first software application is what they
call Mega Spelling™.
MegaSpelling software you can learn to recognize
the alphabet, 200 common names, and 100 of the
most common words in a short period of time.
You can play and replay the videos of each sign
at half speed and I found that to be very
helpful until I gained in confidence.
The software will show you
signs and you give your answer. Your performance
is then scored and you will then have indication
as to how well you are doing along the way.
screenshot of the
of the actual software
software will teach you over 1,500 words and
phrases. This component of the course covers
everything that you need to know to communicate
with the deaf. You will learn to
introduce yourself, ask for assistance and much
The information in this software is taught in
organized topics. This way you can learn all the
words and phrases associated within one topic
The Rocket Language company studies have shown
that this is the quickest and easiest way to
learn. The software also has a speed control
built into it. This way you can slow it down to
a pace that you are comfortable with.
component of the course is the Dictionary
software. The dictionary allows you to look up a
word and watch the video (with audio) to learn
the sign for that word.
All you have
to do is type in a word that you wish to view
the sign for. When you click the play button the
sign video will play and you will hear the
I found this extremely helpful in recalling
words I have already learned, but needed to
refresh in my memory.
of the actual software
|The fourth component of
this course is the learning guide. This is about
30 pages of supplementary information. Some of
the pages incorporate embedded videos which make
learning the procedures much easier.
The guide also discusses the
history of how the ASL was developed, as well as
proper etiquette within the deaf community. This
guide is incredible and really gave me an
understanding of the ASL that I wasn't expecting
Another very cool aspect of
the Rocket ASL™ program was that is 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. It is
priced in the hundred dollar range which means
it is still priced lower than most of the other
courses on the market. However they offer a
downloadable option which means they don't have
to ship out CD's, software and printed material.
They offer a $50 dollar discount if you choose
the download option (which is what I did). I was
then able to watch on my computer.
To top it all off, the folks at Rocket offer the
course 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 ASL™ program my highest rating
of 5 stars. If you are wanting to American Sign
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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