As some of you already know, I spent four years of my childhood in Germany, and it’s been a dream of mine to return for a visit. I loved living in Germany – the culture, the history, the food!! — and have a lot of great memories there. Unfortunately, the Army base we lived at has been closed and the school torn down, so it would be a different place to visit. But, it’s still on my travel bucket list!
When we lived there, I was in elementary school, so the German they taught us was fairly limited. We got the basics – mostly, how to count and phrases like “I love you” and “I speak a little German” (which was pretty much a lie, because I didn’t).
I remember very little of it. That coupled with the fact that I took six years of French while in school means any German I did remember is pushed to the back of my memory. This meant, in order to actually go back, I would need to know the language at least enough to communicate effectively. So, when I was chosen to try out an online German language software by Rocket Languages, I was super excited to try it out!
What’s included with Rocket German Premium?
Interactive Audio Lessons: Rocket German has over 60 hours of audio-style lessons. Each lesson has an audio track along with a variety of reinforcement tests. They are designed so you can learn during your commute to work, or anytime that you are on the go.
Language & Culture Lessons: Rocket German has over 60 hours of Language & Culture lessons, you will not only discover the mechanics of the language, but also access audio tracks of 1000’s of common words and phrases. A key fact that has been surprisingly often ‘overlooked’ by some other ‘big name’ companies is that you MUST know the mechanics of how German works for you to truly master it.
Reinforcement Testing: Each lesson in Rocket German has a variety of tests, and each test has a scientific algorithm designed to reinforce and enhance your recall in a different way. What’s more this all ties into your own personalized progress tracking system, keeping you on the path to mastery!
Voice Comparison: Rocket Record, our voice comparison tool, lets you to record yourself saying any of the thousands of words and phrases in every course. You’ll gain the benefit of speaking out loud, and be able to improve your pronunciation and accent.
Also you get access to:
- Advanced Learning Technique articles that will give you cutting edge learning techniques; tips and tricks that will dramatically cut the amount of time you need to study.
- You’ll have unlimited 24/7 lifetime online access to our team of language teachers, native speakers and fellow language enthusiasts. They will answer all your language questions and be with you every step of the way.
- Personalized progress tracking to our points and badges system, all of our courses have been designed to include a whole range of activities and features that will keep you engaged, motivated, and on track.
- Rocket German works on PC, Mac, and comes with free Android and iOS apps. So you can learn anywhere, anytime.
- You get lifetime online access to Rocket German, as well as free product updates for life.
- And, finally, we have a 60 day no questions asked money back guarantee.
Overall, I really enjoyed working with this software.
Since I am basically a beginner, I found the software well organized and I didn’t feel like it was pushing me to learn more in a day than I could easily retain. It was easy to navigate and the modules were comparable to other language software offered that is much more expensive. The modules could be done in a manageable time frame and easily broken up to fit into your schedule. And, if you’re really busy, there is a corresponding app and the audio files are downloadable — both can be taken on the go.
If you are interested in this software, there are three levels of online access:
- The Premium is Level 1 only. It will take you from beginner to intermediate German with 128 hours of lessons. This level is $99.95 for 24/7 lifetime online access.
- The Combo is Level 1 and 2. It will take you from beginner to advanced German with 256 hours of lessons. This level is $249.90 for 24/7 lifetime online access.
- The Works is Levels 1, 2, and 3. It will take you from beginner to advanced German with 380 hours of lessons. This level is $259.90 for 24/7 lifetime online access.
If you wanted the lessons on physical CDs, those are significantly more expensive. The 20 CD packs are $299.95 (with free shipping) per level.
The bottom line?
I would recommend this software for learning a new language especially if you are on the fence about buying a more expensive competitor. Definitely try the free trial and see if Rocket Languages is right for you. The program also has a 60 day money back guarantee so if you find that it’s not for you, it’s no problem.
To see more information or sign up for a free trial, click here.
FTC Disclosure: I received an online subscription complimentary and links to Rocket Languages for the purpose of this review but the opinion in this review is all mine.