I will start by saying that Rocket Languages Spanish is my favourite course!
Now, I do know that there is a lot of spammy reviews of Rocket Languages online, which is not doing Rocket any favors for its reputation! I think that’s a shame because it’s actually a great language program! (if you like learning by listening!)
I bought the Level 1 course and went through it. I listened to it and enjoyed it, so I went ahead and bought the Level 2 & Level 3 of Rocket Spanish as well, and now I am going through those lessons too!
It’s a great course for listening to the audio on your commute, when you go for walks like walking your dog, or when doing other activities like cooking, going to the gym etc. I downloaded all the lessons to my phone and listened to 2 lessons per day on my 20 minute walk to and back from work.
Without changing my routine too much, or having to find free time to set aside, I made a lot of progress in my understanding of Spanish!
What do you get?
Rocket Spanish is mainly an interactive audio course.
So for the Spanish course, you are listening to the English native speaker Amy, Spanish native speaker Mauricio. His mom Carmen also makes several appearances throughout the course.
The way it works is you listen to an initial dialogue, and then Amy and Mauricio breaks down the conversation in detail. Then, they ask you many questions about the passage to make sure that you memorize the material you just learned.
They do also have some other sections, like Language and Culture Lessons, a Survival Kit Section and Flashcards.
Here are the lessons from the first 8 modules in Level 1 of Rocket Spanish:
You can actually get access to the first 3 lessons in Module 1 with a FREE Trial account. So the best way to get a good idea of the structure of the course is to create an account with Rocket and listen to the first 3 lessons and decide for yourself if you like it.
All you need is an email address to create an account. No credit card required or obligation or anything like that!
Pros of Rocket Languages:
1) You start speaking the language in the very first lesson
Amy insists from the very beginning that you answer her questions by speaking out loud. After breaking down the first dialogue, Amy will ask questions such as – How do you ask, “How are you?”. You will then get a few seconds to answer the question and then Amy will give the correct answer.
This may not appear to be an important factor, but it actually works wonders on your comfort level with speaking the new language.
2) Full of activities and learning tools
My favorite part by far is the audio course! I downloaded all the courses on my phone and listened to them.
However, they also have other sections such as Survival Kit – which includes sections which you would need as a tourist. You also get flash cards for reviewing the vocabulary which you learned in previous lessons.
There is also a section which includes language and cultural lessons. They teach you what is missing in the dialogues, which is a nice bonus touch. Many audio courses fail to teach some basics of a language such as numbers, weeks and months of the year.
3) Lessons are a digestible length
The lessons range from 15 min to 30 min which I found to be the perfect length!
They are not too short that you don’t get enough time and repetition to memorize the lesson, but they are not too long that you start drifting off and start losing concentration.
4) Lifetime access to the course
Unlike some other courses, Rocket Languages is only a one time investment! Then you can access all the modules and lessons online, or you can download them on your laptop or phone for offline access.
5) 60 day money back guarantee
They take away the risk from buying.
I don’t think you’ll need this guarantee, but if you do decide that it’s not for you, you can just email them and they’ll give you a refund.
Cons of Rocket Languages:
1) Best suited for beginners
You can still benefit from it as an intermediate student of the Spanish language, but the people who will get the most benefit out of this course are beginners.
2) Many “fake” reviews
The reputation of Rocket Languages suffers a bit because there are many fake review of it online. There are people reviewing it who clearly never went through the course and have nothing to say about it.
3) Best suited for auditory learners
The course does have flashcards for reviewing, but the best part of the course is the interactive audio lessons.
Who is Rocket Languages Best Suited for?
1) Auditory Learners
I learn best by listening – so this course was perfect for me!
Rocket Languages does have flash cards so you can get the best of both worlds, by listening to the course, and then using the flashcards as the visual content which can help you memorize the lesson.
2) People with long commutes
Instead of listening to mindless radio during your commute, you can use that time much more efficiently by playing Rocket Language lessons and learning a new language!
3) People with little time
Since Rocket is an audio course, you can just download all the lessons on your phone, and play them as you do other things. You can listen to the lessons when you go for walks, or when doing other things like cooking, working out etc.
Now, the information so far will probably be enough for most of you to decide if Rocket Language is best suited for you.
However, if you are interested in more details about the program, you can keep reading for more information about it.
Long Detailed Review of Rocket Languages (continued)
What do you get?
When you log in, here is the dashboard of Rocket Languages. Here you see the lessons of Module 1, and you can click on which lesson you want to take and play the audio.
The lessons are arranged to build onto previous lessons, so it’s best not to skip any lessons.
So to explain a bit more about what is included in a lesson:
First, you listen to the audio of the lesson.
Below that, you see a conversation transcript, where you can see the dialogue written down. There is also a section for some extra vocabulary which relates to the lesson you just listened to.
Then, there is also a testing section for each lesson.
There are 5 parts to the testing of the lesson:
- Hear it, say it
- Write it
- Know it
- Play it
At the bottom of the lesson, you can add some personal notes.
To be honest, as I listened to the lessons on my phone, I didn’t go through the testing, but I will in the future especially for the more difficult lessons, as the testing section will surely be an effective way to memorize the vocabulary.
Language and Culture Lessons:
Here are the language and culture lessons from Level 1:
The language and cultural lessons are not not all in audio format, like the initial interactive audio lessons.
They are more of a written explanation where you learn the rules of the language, as well as some cultural aspects of the language.
“Points” to keep you motivated!
If you go to my tools, you will see that you get points based on how much of the course you complete!
This is a great way to make completing the lessons like passing level in a video game, which can be a great way to keep you motivated to learn!
I don’t have any points, because I didn’t complete any of the quizzes on the website, but instead downloaded the lessons and listened to them on my phone.
How will you learn Spanish with Rocket Languages?
Amy is the native English speaker, and Mauricio is the Spanish speaker. Mauricio’s mother, Carmen, also makes several appearances in the course.
You will first hear a dialogue in Spanish. This will be followed by an explanation and a breakdown of the dialogue. Amy takes the first few minutes of the audio lesson to translate and explain each individual part of the dialogue.
The second half of the lesson is the interactive part of the course. This is when Amy will ask you many questions based on what you just learned. Amy insists you answer her questions out loud!
Speaking out loud helps keeping engaged! Then Amy will tell you the correct answer after giving you 2-3 seconds to think about it yourself first.
I really like this part of the course, as you are not simply listening, which can make you drift off and stop paying attention. Instead, you are asked questions on a regular basis, and this kept me engaged!
Recent improvements in the design
In 2017, Rocket Languages released a new version of their program. This included significant improvement in the design and user experience of the course. They also improved their Android and iOS app, so you can now access the online course on your smartphone.
The audio of the course is also very good quality. On rare occasions, you may hear some background noise from the turning of the pages, but the majority of the time, the audio is very clear!
Rocket Spanish is the best course by Rocket Languages
Rocket Spanish has often been mentioned as the best courses in the Rocket Languages series.
This is mainly because Rocket Spanish is the first course developed by Rocket. Therefore, it has gone through the most revisions and improvements, meaning the Spanish course is the best in the Rocket Languages series.
How does it compare to other courses?
Rocket Languages has many similarities with Pimsleur. (See Pimsleur Review)
Pimsleur is one of the highest rated languages learning courses. In a top forum for language learning, Pimsleur was rated the #1 audio course for learning a new language. There is also a lot of research showing the effectiveness of the Pimsleur method for learning a new languages.
Rocket Languages is a very similar course to Pimsleur. After testing both Pimsleur and Rocket, I feel like Rocket Languages were inspired by Pimlseur, and made their own new & improved version of it.
Personality of the characters
Despite its effectiveness, Pimsleur had a weakness that it was quite “boring” to listen to. There was little personality or background information given about the “voices” in the course. It was a lot more about “imagine this scenario” followed by a dialogue, so there were no characters in the course.
I found that Rocket Languages improved on that aspect by adding the characters Mauricio and Amy, as they become familiar voices throughout the course.
There is more personality added to the voices in Rocket Languages.
There are details about the characters sprinkled in throughout the Rocket Spanish course, and it almost feels like Amy and Mauiricio are your friends by the end of the course. It’s quite a small detail, but I liked it!
Rocket Languages is also about 1/2 of the price of Pimsleur, which is currently priced at $600 for all 5 levels of the course, or $150 per level if bought individually.
Pimsleur is one of the most highly rated courses for learning a language. However, the Pimsleur method was developed in the 1970s.
It looks to me like Rocket Languages built on the Pimsleur method and improved it! In addition, being cheaper than Pimsleur, I believe Rocket Spanish is the better choice!
Rocket Spanish vs Michel Thomas
Rocket Spanish and Michel Thomas Spanish are both audio courses, but the structure for the 2 course is actually very different! Michel Thomas focuses a lot more on understanding the structure of the language, while Rocket focuses more on learning the vocabulary you would need to know and speak if you’re travelling to a Spanish speaking country soon!
So I would recommend going through both courses if you can!
The Michel Thomas Method for Spanish is shorter, at around 12 hours total. It has 12 lessons of around 1 hour each.
I prefer Rocket’s length of 20-30 minutes for a lesson. When I was testing the Michel Thomas method, I sometimes found it difficult to keep concentrated on the audio towards the end of the lesson.
Michel Thomas vs Rocket Spanish
I like both courses very much! What I did was begin with the Michel Thomas Method – as he does a great job at giving listeners confidence in learning the new language.
Rocket Spanish is longer, so you can learn more vocabulary with it. You also learn a lot more conversations related to being a tourist with Rocket Spanish.
In conclusion, I like both!
I would go for Rocket Languages because it offers a more complete course.
Rosetta Stone vs Rocket Languages
Rosetta Stone and Rocket Languages are very different!
With Rosetta Stone, you sit in front of a computer and match images with words. I understand their theory of creating an “immersion” environment without using any English in the course.
However, in practice, I just don’t think that method is effective for learning to speak a language. Neither do the vast majority of polyglots – people who actually learned and speak multiple languages.
Rosetta Stone has amazing marketing, but their software is far from amazing at teaching you a new language.
Somewhat similar to Rosetta is Babbel (see Babbel review). Babbel has some similar exercises, and I would recommend Babbel over Rossetta.
You can try the first few lesson of Babbel for free! (Try Babbel)
Rocket Languages is an interactive audio course, getting you to speak the language from early on.
Rocket has a good structure to take you from beginner to an intermediate student of the language. They begin with basic conversation and slowly build up to more complex dialogues. Then they break down the dialogue teaching you explicitly what lessons about the language you can learn from that dialogue.
As you can probably tell by now, I much prefer Rocket Languages!
Babbel vs Rocket Spanish
Babbel make it fun way to learn a language with some elements of immersion as well as other elements, such as writing, grammar explanations, reading and speaking. Babbel charge ~$10 per month as a subscription fee, which is a much lower initial investment to get started!
Rocket and Babbel are very different.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, if you wish to learn a language by listening to the lessons while doing other things – then Rocket is your best pick!
If you want to dedicate a specific time to learning language, and focus fully on just this activity, then Babbel is my top recommendation for you!
Rocket Languages is one of the best audio language learning courses!
There are many fake reviews of Rocket online, and they may have some negative effects on the reputation of the company.
However, don’t be fooled by that!
I have tried Rocket Spanish, and it was a great quality course and I would recommend it to a friend!
Like all courses, it won’t make you fluent, but it will do a great job at taking you from a beginner level to a solid intermediate level of speaking and understanding the language. This will be done in a fun way too!
Try it for free so you can decide for yourself and Get your first 3 lessons for free!
In this video I will share with you some of the other strategies that I used to learn Spanish! These strategies complement things like listening to music and watching movies very well!
While music and movies are great for building your vocabulary, I believe courses for learning Spanish can be much more structured and better to begin with in order to build a good foundation of the Spanish language!
In this video, I will specifically talk about audio course! I listened to these audio courses mostly during my commutes to work, but also in the gym, on my runs, and even listened to a lot of hours of a Spanish course during my flight from California to Europe and back.
Now, I never made any courses to sell, but I can make some recommendations for you! After being passionate about languages for many years, I did try the majority of the language courses that are out there!
So, in regard to audio courses for learning Spanish, the 3 major courses are Rocket Spanish, The Pimsleur Method and The Michel Thomas Method.
I will share my experience with Pimsleur & Michel Thomas in a future video, but in this video I will share my experience with my favorite one, which is Rocket Spanish. I will add links to all of these courses in the description and in the top comment, so you can visit their websites to learn more about them!
To give you a bit of an overview, Rocket Spanish is an interactive audio course with over 100 lessons which are usually between 20 to 40 minutes long. The lessons begin with a 1 to 2 minute conversation between Mauricio, the native Spanish speaker, and Amy who is the a native English speaker, who communicates with in Spanish with Mauricio. The rest of the lesson involves dissecting each section of the initial conversation and some interactive questions to help you speak and memorize the vocabulary introduced in that lesson.
They also have a language and culture section, a survival kit and a flashcards section. These are different for each Level as well. To be honest, I haven’t used these sections much, as I focused on the interactive audio lessons, but the survival kit section looks really good!
Anyway, in the rest of this video I will go through the major pros and cons of Rocket Spanish.
Pro #1: You don’t need to find free time
So I’m sure you are a busy person! Well, studies show that it takes about 500 hours to learn a new language! It would be very difficult to find 500 hours of free time to dedicate fully to learning a language!
Well, now you don’t have to! You can combine activities, and use time that you do other things to also listen to an audio course!
For example, you can do this while you are commuting, working out, running, walking, cooking or anything else which doesn’t require your full attention!
Think about it, you can probably think of many examples in your own life where you can do what you were doing and listen to an audio course as well! A common example is replace listening to the radio with listening to an audio course.
Con #1: Not suitable if you are only a visual learner
So while being an audio course is great because you don’t need to find free time, this can also be a problem for people who are only visual learners!
So visual learners would probably have more success with other courses like Babbel or Assimil Spanish. I’ll share my experiences with those courses in another video!
It’s great for people preparing to travel to a Spanish speaking country
This course focuses a lot on travel vocabulary that would might need! As you can see in this screenshot, in the first level you have lessons like take a photo, take a tour, making weekend plans, directions, the hotel, the restaurant and other lessons related to travelling!
Also, the audio course is interactive which is great because it gets you to start speaking the language immediately!
So you won’t just become familiar with the new language, but you will get comfortable with actually speaking the language!
Pro #3: They also incorporate repetition in an engaging way, which is scientifically proven to improve retention of new words!
It seems to me like they took this trick from Pimsleur, which is often rated by polyglots as the most effective course for learning language! So what Pimsleur uses is spaced repetition.
However, Pimsleur has been released in the 1970s and I believe that Rocket Languages took that course and made it better by making it more interesting and engaging! And it’s cheaper too! The last time I checked, Pimsleur had a cost of around 1,000 dollars and Rocket Spanish is much cheaper than that!
Speaking of price, starting today and only for the next 2 or 3 days, using the links below, you will be able to get a 60% back to school discount on Rocket Spanish! So if you think a Spanish audio course would really help you, then this would be a great chance to get it at a discount!
If you’re watching this a few days after I released this video, then I’m sorry – the discount is probably not available anymore.
Anyway, moving on.
It will not get you to complete fluency.
It seems like all language courses promise fluency in just a few days, but in reality, studies show that it takes 500 hours to reach complete fluency, and most courses are under 100 hours.
Rocket Spanish will teach you a lot of important fundamentals, and you WILL be able to have a conversation in Spanish!
However, to reach complete fluency, you would need to further improve your vocabulary using methods like listening to Spanish music, taking another course or watching Spanish movies.
(Con #3: A little expensive)
The third con is that the Rocket Spanish audio course is a little expensive. However, like I said before, you can also get a 60% off in the next 4 days to make it significantly cheaper!
(Pro #4: Money back guarantee)
In addition, Rocket does offer a 60 day money back guarantee with no questions asked.
So you could buy the course and then if you don’t like it, or simply don’t believe it’s worth the price, then simply request a refund and you will get your money back immediately!
I wouldn’t do this for moral reasons, but you could literally buy the course to get access to the audio files, download every single lesson on your own device and then request a refund the next day.
Lastly, they also offer a free trial!
You can get the first 3 lessons absolutely free using the link in the description of this video or the link in the top comment!
So, I really liked the course, but you don’t have to listen to me, you can decide for yourself if you like it by listening to those first 3 lessons.
So learn more about this course by clicking on that link and getting the free trial to get a sense of the structure of the course and make a better decision on whether it is suitable for you or not!
Links to other courses mentioned in this video can be found below as well!
One last thing, the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase Rocket Spanish using my link, I will receive a percentage of the sale price at no extra cost to you. In fact, you can actually get a discount by using my link, but only in the next 4 days.
I never asked for anything in the past in return for the almost 100 videos that I uploaded, so if you’d like to support this channel, then buying Rocket Spanish using my link would be a great way to do so! The course can help you improve your Spanish as well as support this channel! And then this channel will help you improve your Spanish even further!
Thank you very much for watching this video until the end!
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