Rocket French Review
What is it?
Part of the Rocket Languages group, Rocket French is an online language course which claims to give you the tools to learn French to a high level.
On the whole Rocket French has had positive reviews on the independent forums and sites like Amazon but as with the other language courses offered by Rocket, positive reviews tend to be from complete beginners. The course claims to offer a fun, light hearted approach to learning French, and a few of the reviews have backed this claim up, admitting that they enjoy the games and presenters approach to explaining trickier aspects such as grammar.
For those looking for an intense language course with the goal of becoming fluent, Rocket French probably isn’t going to be able to get you there quickly, if at all. The focus of this course really is on beginners, and although some people found it a good place to start, in order to truly master the language it’s likely you will need to invest your time in independent study such as reading French literature or spending time speaking to natives.
This course is best suited to those who would like to learn French at their own pace, without the sense of urgency. Many reviewers commented that they tune into the audio segments whilst driving to work, working out or doing the housework. Another plus to this course is the price. Compared to other programs on the market, Rocket French is very reasonable.
In general, customers found the actual content of the program to be of a high standard. One native French speaker who had come into contact with the course complimented the pronunciation tools declaring them excellent. However, he also noted that one of the presenters was not a native speaker as he could detect a different accent in places. He felt that a language course should only use native speakers. Finally, a few people commented that the course takes a rote learning approach (a repetitive memorisation technique). As everyone has different learning styles, this may not necessarily be the best approach for everyone. However the course does emphasise that it uses a variety of learning techniques so people can use what suits them best.
Is it a scam?
Although not as well known as its competitors, such as Rosetta Stone, Rocket French is making a name for itself as a reputable language course and has been featured in The New York Times and the Daily News New York newspapers. It also won the Best Educational Software Awards (Bessie).
This language course will help you to learn French, but to what level and standard will depend on how much you commit to it, and whether you choose to supplement it with additional independent study. Most people will not simply be able to become fluent from following this course alone but it’s a great place to start for beginners. Be prepared however that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Whether that’s by visiting or living in a French speaking country or working your way through French literature, from children’s books right up to adult fiction.
Where to Buy and Download
In order to qualify for the 60 day money back guarantee, you must purchase Rocket French from the official website.
How does it work?
Rocket French applies 3 scientific theories to its structure and teaching methods. These are:
1) The chunking process by Dr George A Miller
2) The theory of second language acquisition by Dr Stephen Krashen
3) The VARK model by Neil Fleming
In addition to this, the program follows 7 success strategies:
1) Learning on the go.
The course is designed so you can dip in and out as and when you can. Whether you want to dedicate a whole weekend to an intense session or listen to the audio sections during your daily commute.
2) The mechanics of French.
The course teaches you how to understand the structure and grammar of the French language. This will allow you to construct your own sentences rather than simply rote learn.
3) Reinforce what you’ve learnt.
The Rocket Tests will allow you to test yourself on the vocabulary, phrases and grammar point you’ve learnt.
4) Learn to speak French.
Rocket Record allows you to record yourself speaking in French and compare it to how a native French person would pronounce it.
5) Efficient learning techniques.
Everyone learns differently, but with 25 learning techniques in the course, you’re bound to find something that works for you.
Rocket French students will have access to 24/7 online access for life to French teachers, enthusiasts and natives.
The games and tools allow you to track your progress through a points, badge and leaderboard system as well as store your own notes and vocabulary lists. The Word Master and Phrase Master Games also add a fun element to the learning experience.