Rocket Spanish is one of Rocket Language’s most popular courses. But does it live up to the hype and is it worth the slightly higher price tag?
This expert review will guide you through everything you need to know about the Rocket Spanish course, so you can make a decision as to whether it’s the course for you. We’ve included snapshots of what to expect from the course, how to get your hands on one of Rocket Language’s discounts and a comparison of its main competitors. Plus, what's in store from its 2020 revamp.
Rocket Spanish is a course created by Rocket Languages. It’s a desktop and app-based online learning platform that uses a traditional teaching approach to develop your Spanish skills from beginner to advanced. Using a thorough curriculum and step-by-step lesson approach, you’ll be learning all about the ins and outs of the Spanish language, grammar and culture.
Rocket Spanish focuses on Latin American Spanish rather than the Spanish spoken in mainland Spain.
The difference between Latin American Spanish and Spanish in Spain is minimal, and you won't notice too much of a difference. You'll still be able to converse with natives from Spain or any other Spanish-speaking countries.
What can you do on Rocket Spanish?
Rocket Languages breaks down its Spanish course into three different difficulty levels (1, 2 and 3). Within these levels are around seven different topic-specific modules, and within these modules, there is a selection of different lessons to choose from.
In Rocket Spanish you’ll find three types of lessons that cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Rocket Languages has designed a points system, so you can keep track of your profress.
You can use the progress dashboard to monitor your activity for the day, check out your position on the leaderboard and check your streak status.
Interactive Audio Lessons
The interactive audio lessons sit at the core of the Rocket Spanish course. Each level features around 30 audio-heavy lessons, that last 20 to 30 minutes.
Each lesson follows a similar structure. First, you’ll be asked to listen to a conversation in Spanish, which will be based around a specific topic. This might be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 40 minutes. You’ll then be given the English translation for the topic, and asked to repeat the Spanish phrases out loud.
Rocket Spanish features plenty of grammar and vocabulary tips throughout the lesson, so look out for these boxes as you go too.
Once you’ve finished with the audio part of the lesson, you’ll be invited to try out a series of reinforcements tasks that reiterate any language, grammar and vocabulary that you’ve learnt in the lesson.
You can also take advantage of the ‘Action Replay' section for a quick summary of the lesson you've just completed.
Language and Cultural Lessons
On each level on Rocket Spanish, you’ll also find an additional 60 hours of Language and Culture Lessons. Unlike the audio lessons, these focus more on the grammar you need to know to really master the Spanish language.
This is really useful for anyone learning Spanish who is hoping to become as close to fluent as possible.
The lessons are incredibly detailed, and there’s a lot of text to get through. The information is very useful though, so give it a go if you can.
As for the cultural side of these lessons, Rocket Spanish throws in a few insights into the Latin American culture. These are pretty short as far as lessons go, but they do add a bit of something different into the lesson.