Rocket Japanese Review
Rocket Japanese is a comprehensive online Japanese course. It claims to help you “Speak and understand a new language like a native, While cutting your learning time in half”. I have written this Rocket Japanese review to help you find out if it is actually true.
First of all, many of you are probably here mainly because you want to find out whether it’s a scam or not. It is definitely not a scam, although their statement about making you speak and understand a new language like a native, is of course a bit of an overstatement. I have studied Japanese for more than a year and a half, over a year of that have been full-time in Japan and I am not at native level. Japanese is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn, it requires time and patience.
So what about my verdict? Well, here are my pros and cons:
- Value – I estimate that I paid about 500-600$ for my Japanese beginners course at College (including books). Compared to that this covers just as much, is more fun and does not set any deadlines. The cheapest option costs 99$ (Premium Level 1) and it includes a lot. The 99$ will give you a lifetime online membership with free updates. After that, you will have to pay 149$ for Premium Level 2 and another 149$ when it’s time for Platinum Level 3.
- Mobility – The courses are downloadable which makes it perfect for a traveler or just someone who is busy.
- Audio Lessons – A helpful resource to help you build up sentences and hold a short dialogue. You also get the conversations in the lessons written down into Romaji, Hiragana and translated into English.
- In Depth Teaching for Characters – By in depth I mean short videos about how to write them, how they are pronounced, list of words that you can make out of those characters and more…
- Greetings and Politeness – I don’t think there is any other country where greetings and politeness has more importance than in Japan. The Premium level 1 is enough to give you a good understanding about how to act and understanding cultural differences between your own culture and the Japanese. I didn’t put enough importance into this when I first started out studying Japanese, But I would learn how important it was from my first day in Japan.
- Games – My favorite part! I was always looking for games to help me learn Hiragana and Katakana when I started out and these games are actually decent. But it gets kind of hard pretty fast. You have to be fast!
- Kenny – A character in the audio lessons whose pronunciation and accent is actually pretty bad. Do me a favor and don’t try to sound like him. The girl called Sayaka in the audios is most likely Japanese. Listen to her if you want to improve your pronunciation.
- Navigation – I found it a bit difficult to find out what I had to do in each section. Make sure you look through each page or section thoroughly so you don’t miss anything. There are some tabs that are a bit hard to spot.
I am going to recommend Rocket Japanese Premium level 1. It includes tutorials for all the Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanjis. If you are ambitious enough it will teach as much as an introduction course to Japanese at college will do and it is much cheaper. Some people might argue that you have a teacher to ask for help at college, But Rocket Languages actually offers quite good support on their forum. Questions get answered by their staff within 24 hours, usually much faster.
I am not sure whether the 99$ for the premium level 1 is a campaign price or the regular. The website says it is a campaign, it used to cost 149$. This link should give you the discount price. For more tools that will help your studies, go to my Kanji apps review page. Reviews for for the best free and paid apps!