Rocket French Reviews
Welcome to the Rocket French Reviews section
On this web page fellow French learners share with you their experiences of Rocket French. I am sure that you will enjoy reading how Rocket French has helped so many people learn to speak French! Will you be next?
Success Story #1: Patricia Holloway
"To my amazement, I worked overtime translating for our
staff at the times they made various presentations to our very special
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This is a message from a (very!) satisfied Rocket French customer. My dilemma revealed itself in early January of 2006, as the date was set for early that following July, when our campus would welcome 300 conventioneers, among whom would be about 20 from Quebec, Canada, alumni of our course work who speak primarily in French. Over a number of years, these Quebecois had taken their courses in French from our institute in satellite classes away from the main campus here in Texas.
But this year we were honoring the pioneers among them who had kept French-speaking student numbers strong and growing, over the years.
I had studied in a one-year course for foreign students years ago. With no previous studies in French, I went in 1959-60 as a free student, with no affiliations, to the University of Bordeaux, Faculty of Letters, and had success from this immersion style of learning French. But, my level of fluency had disappeared over the years. Knowing that I could revive some of my comfort in speaking French, I went online and subscribed to Rocket French that arrived faithfully each week from January 20th through June 2nd of this year and I had hopes that that would give me ample time to get comfortable with that beautiful language once again.
My initial plan was to awaken one-hour early each morning to study the given lessons; I started off strong, but found that I only worked with the lessons an average of two times a week. Yet, that proved to be enough to get my tongue back into the groove of speaking French. Surprisingly, the Rocket French lessons validated that I remembered most of the vocabulary. The biggest help to me was in listening and speaking, which became easier as my confidence returned with each passing week.
By the end of the lessons, I was ready for the convention! To my amazement, I worked overtime translating for our staff at the times they made various presentations to our very special French-Canadian guests; during informal times outside of structured hours when I could visit and chat with all of these delightful folks; and during social times when I found every excuse to be with them.
At the end of our six convention days together, three of the group stayed on for an intensive six health & wellness retreat, where three to four times each day I would join them for the table discussion segments built in to their learning time. I actually lost my voice due to speaking so much and so often, but the end result was that the total experience for the French-speakers and certainly for me, was enhanced by the language we shared.
I would not have had the success that I did were it not for having taken the course work offered by Rocket French! My writing and speaking skills were renewed and polished, and reading and writing now comes more easily to me, too.
It was a real advantage to me, now at the age of 67, to have had a previous foundation in the French language, but without the thorough review I experienced with the Rocket French lessons, I might never have let on that I knew French, at all.
I've archived all of the lessons to review at any time, certainly before heading to Quebec at the invitation of these enthusiastic students of all ages! And, if I plan things right, I may just take a return trip to France one day, with a special visit to relive my own early student days in Bordeaux. Thanks to Rocket French, I can do it all!
Success Story #2: Kate Joslin
"Overall, I was very pleased with the program and thought
the practical go-at-your-own-speed teaching style was great."
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Hi, my name is Kate Joslin.
While studying in Israel for seven months I made three friends: one each from France, Quebec and Belgium. I quickly became interested in the French language and they began to teach me a few things. Previously, I had never studied French before and didn’t even know that “bonjour” was French! To say the least I had a totally blank slate to start from.
After these friends sparked my interest in French and came home determined to learn more. I stumbled upon Rocket French while looking for a program to introduce me to the language. After comparing it to some others I decided to give it a try. It looked like a great program (and it was the cheapest around!).
I was very pleased with Rocket French from the beginning. I didn’t even have to wait for it to come in the mail, but began immediately exploring the program after I downloaded it. The lessons were very helpful and I enjoyed learning by reading and listening to the language. For such a beginner like myself I thought the lessons were very understandable and basic. Overall, I was very pleased with the program and thought the practical go-at-your-own-speed teaching style was great. My French began to improve and I had fun practicing everything I was learning on my French-speaking friends.
Unfortunately, I have had to give up on continuing the program for now. I am making plans to move to El Salvador in about one year and have decided it would be best to put my efforts into learning French instead of French. Too bad Rocket French wasn’t included with Rocket French!
Success Story #3: Marie Cali
"It is really hard to read a French book and try to imagine
what the words sound like but Rocket French does it all."
My daughter started high school French this year. She had no experience in French and had never been to a French speaking country so we had no idea what learning French would be like for her or how difficult it might be. I had read about Rocket French online and talked about it with a couple of language teachers. They said it sounded too good to be true so I ordered it with high hopes at the beginning of the year.
I wasn’t sure how, or if Rocket French was going to help my daughter because she had so much homework and other activities to do that we worried we would never fit Rocket French into her schedule. Well guess what, we were able to load a bunch of the audio stuff right onto her iPod. She can take it anywhere, including on the bus when she has to travel for her various sports away games.
She has commented that Rocket French is not only helping her vocabulary but also practical use and pronunciation are getting better. It is really hard to read a French book and try to imagine what the words sound like but Rocket French does it all.
I hope to take some time this year to use Rocket French myself. After she passes French II, we are going to PARIS!
Success Story #4: Sally Sole
"I’ve found the Rocket French course to be fabulous because
I can do it in my own time..."
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Hi my name’s Sally Sole.
I live in France and I’ve moved here with my English husband a couple of years ago. (I’m Australian) I have a young son. I’ve found the Rocket French course to be fabulous because I can do it in my own time, which is hugely important to be very flexible as a mother, and it’s been a really good course as well, in helping me to learn to speak French, which is hugely important here in our small village where nobody speaks English.
OK. Thank you. Bye.
P.S. I did forget to say that the style of the course is simple and direct without being boring. Speaking and understanding French is important to me as my son is completely bi-lingual.
Success Story #5: Larry Goldie
"It has helped me tremendously in situations like making
hut reservations and hotel reservations and managing my group through the
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Hi there. My name’s Larry Goldie.
I’ve been using Rocket French for about six months now and I use it primarily to improve my French skills for working as a mountain guide over in France and Switzerland. It has helped me tremendously in situations like making hut reservations and hotel reservations and managing my group through the mountains and more importantly through the towns and restaurants and shops.
It’s been a great program for me. It’s given me the confidence to travel and to be responsible for people in these places. I’d just like to say thank you for putting out a great product.
Take care. Goodbye.
Success Story #6: Nobuo Obukuro
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This is Nobuo Obukuro...
I really like the program, especially the newsletters which give very realistic, real-life situations, where you can practice your French in.
OK. Have a good day. Goodbye
Success Story #7: Steve O'Neal
"...the most beneficial feature of Rocket French: it
enables me tobecome a part of the local community."
I highly recommend the Rocket French Course for people who are too busy to attend French classes or who are considering attending French classes. The latter applies especially to people who actually reside in a Francophone country or, in my case, a half francophone country. The other half speaks Flemish.
Here in Brussels, however, the population is about 90% French speaking with lots of foreigners who would like to learn French.
Ergo, it would hardly be fair on the non-Anglophones for the instructors to teach it in English as they would in a US or a British class.
The other factor is that the instructors emphasize role-playing. It's almost as though you already need to know French before you can actually learn it, if you see what I mean. In which case, Rocket French offers an excellent way to prepare for the classroom environment. The vocals/listening comprehension segments are especially valuable; once I proceed to mispronounce a word, it takes a devil of a long time to correct myself.
I am learning to speak French not so much for business purposes but to enable myself to communicate with my neighbors or the folks down at my local pub. So, for me, that is the most beneficial feature of Rocket French: it enables me to become a part of the local community. Of course, one could always hang out in the expat pubs but is that really what you want? Besides, the drinks cost twice as much!
For those who are considering Rocket French, I could hardly imagine a better entry into the French speaking world. Rocket French covers all aspects of the French language from the grammar to comprehension exercises in all sorts of situations with lots of other exercises to keep you up to speed.
Success Story #8: Lisa Davis
"I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn French
and learn it fast because it’s a very easy-to-use program and it’s very
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Hello. My name is Lisa Davis.
I think Rocket French is a very good program. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn French and learn it fast because it’s a very easy-to-use program and it’s very fun.
It’s also very good in terms of how they teach; quite informative, and the pronunciation is perfect.
The biggest benefit I gained from Rocket French is the confidence to not be afraid to use the French language in settings where it would be necessary. I haven’t traveled to any French countries so I haven’t really used it, I’m not in school either, so I haven’t used it but it certainly has helped to boost my confidence, so if I wanted travel I would.
I would recommend it to others who are looking to buy a French program, where they could learn quickly and easily. Others should expect to gain good results from using Rocket French. OK. I’m glad I used Rocket French and I would recommend it to everyone who is interested.
Success Story #9: Joyce Ralph
"I’m not the most self-disciplined student but Rocket
French has put together a language-learning package that even I can
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My name is Joyce Ralph and I’m not the most self-disciplined student but Rocket French has put together a language-learning package that even I can follow. It is very thorough, yet fun.
I appreciate the fact that I can refer back to key elements of basic French, such as tips on pronunciation, the conjugation of frequently used verbs and so forth, quickly and easily.
The explanations are complete, the illustrations are cute and the testing at the end of the lessons is helpful without being intimidating. The native speakers have pleasant voices and enunciate clearly. The newsletters were interesting and taught me useful phrases for relevant situations. The flashcards are a good tool to test myself.
I have visited Paris twice now and have fallen in love with the people and their beautiful city. Everyone I have met has been so helpful and friendly, and I know the experience would be even better if I were more familiar with the language.
Rocket French is helping me to do that. Thank you.
Success Story #10: Veronica James
"I would definitely recommend Rocket French to anyone who
is trying to learn French or re-learn French in my case."
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Hello, my name is Veronica James and this is my testimonial.
I did purchase Rocket French last fall and it was something I did as I was recovering from an injury. I had broken my ankle and had surgery. I was house-bound for about five months, so I decided to bone up on my French.
After looking at several different online and computer courses I chose Rocket French because of the freshness of the approach, the amount of audio files and the interactive games. It just seemed like a really good value and a lot of fun and I found that was very true. I really enjoy using Rocket French; it’s challenging, it’s fun and it makes sense. I would definitely recommend Rocket French to anyone who is trying to learn French or re-learn French in my case.
I had studied it at high school for several years. Being that I planned to move to Canada at some point, I think it would be beneficial for me in my career pursuits as well as in my work as a performing artist. French is a beautiful language and Rocket French makes it easy and fun to learn. The graphics are great and they are updated; they are modern as well as traditional. The audio files are at a good speed, so you can follow along and repeat and really know what you are learning. I think the biggest benefit I have gained from the Rocket French course is a new understanding of the beauty of the French language and how it enriches me as a person. Anyone who purchases Rocket French should have a really great experience learning a new language, or brushing up on an old language with a new twist. I'm having a great time doing it, and really having a sense of achievement being able to study at my own pace and learn. So thank you so much Rocket French. Merci beaucoup. I’m Veronica James. Thank you so much.
New Jersey, U.S.A
Success Story #11: Fred Purin
"It’s well organized and extremely user-friendly and the
ability to listen to the correct French pronunciation and see things so well
organized has been great."
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Hello this is Fred Purin calling from White Rock British Columbia.
I’m phoning in respect to the Rocket French service, which I have been using now for a good period of time.
I’m a physician, and I work out of my home, and I have very little time to study and I find that this particular way of studying French is excellent.
It’s well organized and extremely user-friendly and the ability to listen to the correct French pronunciation and see things so well organized has been great. I’ve stuck with this much longer than any other [way] and I’d recommend it to anyone.
Thank you very much.
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Success Story #12: Elayne Molbreak
"I was able to ask for, and receive directions and in fact,
a couple of different times, I was able to give people directions so that was
kind of fun!"
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I had signed up for this program a while back and studied it hard. It was hard work, but the more I went over it, the more I understood, and it was actually fun work too, so I looked forward to it.
I subsequently went to Paris for five-and-a-half weeks and was really able to use so much of what I’d learned.
I was able to ask for, and receive directions and in fact, a couple of different times, I was able to give people directions so that was kind of fun! I had some friends over there who were taking French and they were impressed with what I knew.
I loved the Rocket French newsletters; because of them I understood more; street French’, things people would say from day to day, or slang, but I also classical background, which is wonderful.
Thank you Rocket French.
It’s a great program, thank you.
Success Story #13: Bob Kersten
"The course is very well laid out and is quite manageable
for anyone with rudimentary computer skills."
My wife is from Paris and my daughter is fluent in French at four years old. It was time for me to get busy with French, so I decided to take a beginning French class at a city college and get an online course as well. After four months I was listening better and had improved. I especially liked Rocket French as there is lots of spoken French by a native and you send regular emails with French lessons about everyday matters. My wife thought the course was definitely challenging and useful as you must listen to French speakers if you want to do well in France. The course is very well laid out and is quite manageable for anyone with rudimentary computer skills.
Thanks for the help.
Southern California, U.S.A.
Success Story #14: Boyne Saunders
"Rocket French was just what I needed to get me to
understand what it was that I was learning/saying."
Salute Rocket French, Oui, I'd highly recommend Rocket French to others. Why? It is especially useful for "false beginners" like me. It was most beneficial to have a clear and concise explanation in English and then a comparison to French. The group French lessons I had recently taken would never explain in English what it was they were imparting, ie. An English translation of grammar points, or vocabulary, etc. - this was frowned upon. But Rocket French does this.
It clears up any confusion and lets you move on without feeling unsure or confused on just what it is you are saying/comprehending. You can really benefit from having this wealth of information to guide you and it'll give you a lot of confidence in learning French. I work with quite a few Quebecois and they have been very impressed with my progress ever since I started using Rocket French.
The weekly newsletter is most helpful in providing interesting aspects of French culture and language and reading the text has become easier and easier to understand. Often I start following a lesson and find I click on some aspect that I'm not too sure about and then follow this link to a deeper level and I get so deep into the subtleties that I loose track of what it was I was trying to study but nevertheless I gain a clear understanding of what it was that intrigued me. This increases my confidence tremendously that the next time I come across this point I can move on knowing I understand instead it instead of just brushing it by. So, I find that I now don't worry about not finishing a lesson from front to back because there is also so much more to learn on the way through the lesson from the links provided. A text book could never do this. The electronic version is so much more handy to use.
Success Story #15: Danielle Beeken
"The flexibility of the program has meant I have been able
to use the odd few minutes here and there very constructively and found the
combination of visual and audio inductions really helpful."
I had first thought that Rocket French would be for my use only, however, my eight and ten year old children are frequently hogging the PC and to be found competing against each other using the MegaFrench software.
We are moving to France in a week and time has been in too short supply for attending classes to improve my language skills. I have elementary French already, but quite desperately wanted to improve before moving to live in France permanently. The flexibility of the program has meant I have been able to use the odd few minutes here and there very constructively and found the combination of visual and audio inductions really helpful.
There is no real substitute to the classroom, however, I do think Rocket French might be the next best thing.
Success Story #16: Eddie Renshaw
"We found the audio excellent and were able to replay and
replay until we felt comfortable with our pronunciation."
I retired and moved to France in April 2003 with my wife. We live in Lot-et Garonne. When we arrived we could speak no French as we had never done it at school. We tried several cassette and video based systems before moving here but found none of them much good as there was very little or no interaction between the course and the pupil. We then purchased Rocket French were delighted and surprised by the totally logical progression through the course and with the added benefit of self testing with answers we soon made good progress.
We found the audio excellent and were able to replay and replay until we felt comfortable with our pronunciation. To have Mega Card Bonus Games and Mega French we found very helpful and gave us confidence in our progress. I would strongly recommend Rocket French to any beginner or to anyone who simply wanted to improve their fluency and understanding of the language.
Lot-et Garonne, France
Success Story #17: Karie Ann Smith
"With the help of Rocket French, I was able to be more
confident in living here, ordering meals, talking on the phone and getting
I year ago, I moved to Qu‚bec City, Canada to be with my fiance whom I met in the States. I was very hesitate on moving and learning the French language. Looking on the Internet, I came across Rocket French and signed up for the free 6 Day Newsletters. After receiving them I enjoyed waiting for each newsletter to come to see what would happen next in "The French Couples" travels. Meanwhile, I searched the Internet trying to find other programs at a reasonable rate that would be this fun and found none!
With the help of Rocket French, I was able to be more confident in living here, ordering meals, talking on the phone and getting around. By establishing the basics with Rocket French, I am now in a higher level to continue my studies and become more fluent in French!
I feel that others, like myself, who are looking for the basics to learning French, can gain this by using Rocket French! They can expect to learn fast, with its fun and easy way of learning French! And with the visuals and sounds that they provide, you are better able to speak in the native tongue of French!
I would recommend Rocket French to anyone who is either traveling, moving to a French speaking country, or just wants to learn for fun! This program helped me adjust to my new home and surroundings here in Qu‚bec. I am positive that everyone who tries it will be glad that they purchased it! Merci beaucoup, Rocket French!
Karie Ann Smith
Qu‚bec City, CANADA
Success Story #18: Keith Ross
"I have no hesitation in recommending Rocket French to any
person, at any level of French, as an excellent way to learn and improve their
I moved from England to France in June 2004 and I bought a house very much in rural France. My intention was to become part of normal French life, but to do that it was essential that I learn as much conversational French as quickly as possible. I did very little French at school and that was many years ago, so I was a novice. I researched many French language courses both those that required actual attendance and those by home learning and it was quite evident that the home learning route was the most suitable for me.
I did not want to get bogged down with highly grammatically correct courses - normal conversational French being the aim. I tried Rocket French and found that its structure was exactly what I was looking for; I have now been using Rocket French for nearly a year and have been involved , as a user, in its progress. Now through this course my French has improved rapidly and I'm able to hold conversation with the local people.
I have no hesitation in recommending Rocket French to any person, at any level of French, as an excellent way to learn and improve their French.
Success Story #19: Keith Burdon
"Well Done Rocket French your product is excellent value
I am a District Commissioner with Denton District Scouts which is in Greater Manchester; UK. I recently organized a trip for 27 Scouts to visit France. We spent a wonderful week seeing various locations such as Paris, Beaumont Hamel and Dieppe. I had not spoken French for many years, since school in fact (and that’s too long ago to remember). I decided that I needed to know some French for the trip and “Rocket French” provided the answer.
I found the course excellent, easy to follow and very relevant for my needs of learning some basic French to enable me to conduct a simple conversation as well as have some understanding of what was being said to me. The lessons are structure to allow you to dip in and out of the areas you wish to learn. The use of audio meant that there was help with the pronunciation of the words/phrases within a particular lesson; extremely useful! The MegaFrench (MegaVocab; MegaAudio and MegaVerbs) facility was extremely useful for testing and extending my French vocabulary and the newsletters made it easy to practice. These extended my learning by providing another chance to practice and test myself with simple storylines. I intend to go back to the lessons and attempt to improve and increase my French ready for my next trip which will be in February 2007 when I am taking 47 Cubs/Scouts to Paris for a four day trip. Well done Rocket French your product is excellent value for money.
Success Story #20: Lionel Sanguinetti
"las razones por la que recomiendo Rocket French es por su
forma de aprender tan sencilla y clara. Usted aprende a su propio ritmo, no al
ritmo de su profesor...."
Este es un mensaje para todas aquellas personas de habla hispana que deseen aprender eficazmente el idioma franc‚s.
Durante el año 2005 mi esposa y yo comenzamos a estudiar el idioma Franc‚s con la intenci¢n de mudarnos a la Provincia de Qu‚bec, Canad? Estuvimos estudiando el idioma en forma tradicional, pero quer¡amos incluir alg£n m‚todo m s pr ctico y que a su vez no sea costoso.
En nuestra b£squeda a trav‚s de la Internet encontramos muchas ofertas libros, DVD y videos, pero eran de un precio muy alto para nosotros. Hasta que encontramos la oferta de Rocket French. Lo que le¡mos en el sitio web nos result?muy interesante: !90 horas de clases, 700 ejercicios y 7 horas de audio! Antes de tomar la decisi¢n probamos con las lecciones gratuitas que ofrecen por correo electr¢nico. Fue all?cuando quedamos convencidos de tomar la decisi¢n. Todo a un precio muy accesible y no tuvimos que salir de casa para comprarlos. Solo us?mi tarjeta de cr‚dito y casi inmediatamente descargu?todo el paquete por Internet.
Si bien el software est?diseñado para personas de habla inglesa que quieren aprender franc‚s, nosotros, que somos de habla hispana, tuvimos un beneficio adicional porque tambi‚n aprovechamos para refrescar nuestro ingl‚s. Esta es una de las razones por las que recomiendo Rocket French para personas de habla hispana que quieran aprender f cilmente franc‚s y a la vez practicar algo de ingl‚s.
Otra de las razones por la que recomiendo Rocket French es por su forma de aprender tan sencilla y clara. Usted aprende a su propio ritmo, no al ritmo de su profesor. Usted puede fijar su horario del d¡a en que quiere aprender. Durante la semana mi esposa y yo ten¡amos diferentes horarios para aprender. En los fines de semana compart¡amos lo aprendido y avanzamos juntos algunas lecciones.
Otra raz¢n muy importante para m? es que uno aprende en forma divertida, muy divertida, no hay forma de aburrirse con este sistema. Adem s de las actividades de lenguaje y gram tica escrita, su programa de Mega French ofrece unas actividades l£dicas muy divertidas, donde uno puede ir evaluando qu?tanto est? aprendiendo y puede convertirse en un interesante juego familiar.
Estoy seguro de que mi esposa y yo hemos hecho una muy buena inversi¢n. Personalmente, yo me siento con mucho m s autoconfianza para entablar y sostener una conversaci¢n y ahora incluso puedo aprovechar los programas de cable de la TV5 de Francia. Lo m s importante es que vamos a poder integrarnos m s f cilmente a la comunidad quebecoise.
Lo invito a que, al menos, haga una prueba gratis, y ya ver?los resultados!
Success Story #21: Malcolm May
"The course is clear, the audio helps with mastering the
pronunciation, and the following exercises in each section enable you to test
Hi, Last October my wife and I visited our youngest son Sean to meet his partner Cecile and their new venture. They bought a gite in the Dordogne area just outside the Village Meyronne.
We were enchanted with the scenery and the medieval architecture abundant in France. My only handicap was that I did not speak a word of French!
So when we returned to New Zealand I decided to do something about it. I enrolled with Alliance Francais for an 18 week beginner course.
It's based on the principle of 'Total Immersion". But it proved hard going when the text book was totally in French with no English translations to help grasp the niceties of French grammar.
So I searched the Internet for a French Language Course (Audio) and it came up with an assessment of the four best courses currently available on the Internet. Yours was rated the first.
So I was able to sort out the principles of French grammar as well as mastering the pronunciations unique to French. In fact at my last session when required to read out a phrase in French I was told my accent was almost perfect.
My French teacher Marie, was most impressed with my advance and said to the class he is my chouchoute!! I modestly blushed when she translated the word for me. As you will know it means "teacher's pet!"
I recommended to some of my fellow students who were struggling. The course is clear, the audio helps with mastering the pronunciation, and the following exercises in each section enable you to test your progress.
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Success Story #22: Maria Lindell
"I love Rocket French from the first day! It is the only
software available that has all the features I look for in a language learning
I love Rocket French from the first day! It is the only software available that has all the features I look for in a language learning software. It has MP3 files containing the audio sounds of many French words, phrases, and sentences. These are my favorite feature because these audios pronounce first in English, then a pause, followed by the same phrase in French, then another pause, wrapping up with the same phrase repeated in French. The lovely voice is so pleasant to the ear that it is itself a splendid motivation for me to learn.
Other great features about the product are the comprehensive coverage of the language across all the chapters, cute pictures, fun quizzes and fill-in-the blanks. Amazing, but I am learning French and loving every minute of it. My wish is that one day very soon I will be able to converse fluently with my neighbors and friends in Montreal. My husband and I bought a condominium there a couple of years ago and we love to visit every chance we get. I highly recommend this product without any reservation whatsoever! I fail to see any down side to it at all.
The attached photo of myself was taken at Moishe’s in the great city of Montreal, in the Canadian province of Quebec, on January 6, 2006. I was toasting my husband on his birthday.
New York , U.S.A
Success Story #23: Mark Hooker
" I don't know where you could possibly get more for you
money -- so all I can say is that I highly recommend it."
My experience with Rocket French has been a great one. It has everything that all of the very expensive computer programs like *Competitor* have, but does not cost nearly as much. It's also very easy to use. I like to take my time, and not be rushed. I also like to go over things again and again. You can go as fast or as slow as you want with Rocket French, and that's what I love. I have found that I retain information, even when I have to take a break from studying because of work or travel commitments. I don't know where you could possibly get more for you money -- so all I can say is that I highly recommend it.
On my last trip to France, even though I have had very little time to devote to my French-speaking aspirations, I was able to have brief conversations with hotel clerks and waiters. For the most part, my beginning level communications were well tolerated by the French-speaking natives, and I do believe that they were even somewhat friendlier than they might have otherwise been.
Also, when my computer crashed and I lost everything on it, I emailed Rocket French and they IMMEDIATELY send me a file to re-download everything. How about that for customer service!
So thanks, Rocket French, and I hope to devote much more time to my French language studies soon.
Success Story #24: Richard Bullwinkle
"I have found just what I needed."
In July 2004, I undertook to learn French on my own, beginning with the *Competitor* method. I found this to be of great help to me, having the type of ear that easily hears language and its nuances. However, the Pimsleur method is limited, both in its exposure to grammar and verb forms and in its exposure to vocabulary. In searching for another self-taught method to continue my learning of French, I found and purchased Rocket French.
Through listening to the Rocket French lessons, which I do from an MP3 player that broadcasts through my car radio on my way to and from work, I have found just what I needed. I am continuing to learn French on my own terms, and very effectively at that.
Success Story #25: Steven Parnes
"It surprised me how quickly, with a bit of effort, I was
able to pick up grammar and by constant repetition my vocabulary improved as
My name is Steven Parnes. I applied for a French course because I had recently bought a house in the South of France and my French had got very rusty. I "surfed" the net, and the course which seemed to click all the right buttons was the Rocket French course. I was right. No sooner had I paid my money by credit card, and there it was. Both audio and visual and with games thrown in. I was also able to buy a separate CD which I took to France with me, so that I could continue my studies there.
The icing on the cake was definitely the weekly homework emails which lasted 20 weeks. It surprised me how quickly, with a bit of effort, I was able to pick up grammar and by constant repetition my vocabulary improved as well. The only downside for me has been that my wife now sends me out shopping when we are in France, but I always bring a few wrong things back so that she does not do it too often.
All in all this is an excellent course well worth the money. What is best
about it is that it encourages you to learn. And you know what, maintenant je
parle francais (un petit peu)
Best wishes ,
Success Story #26: Terence Cole
"I would, and have, recommended Rocket French to other
students because of its course materials and its convenience."
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|Bonjour, tout le monde! Je m'appelle Terence et je suis
‚tudiant de Rocket French. I would, and have, recommended Rocket French to
other students because of its course materials and its convenience. In
college I was able to become fluent in Spanish by taking courses and
studying abroad, but now that I am in the business world my time is much
more limited than before and taking courses and studying abroad are much
more difficult to do. Rocket French allows me to study high quality course
materials at my convenience. The largest benefit that I’ve gained from
this course is vocabulary. The vocabulary is useful and applicable to real
world situations and that is very important to me.|
I haven’t used my French in too many real world situations yet, but I do plan on taking another trip to Europe and I will be much more prepared when I do so because of Rocket French. If you are thinking about purchasing this program, you will get out of it what you put into it, and if you work hard you will not be disappointed.
Missouri , U.S.A
Success Story #27: Kanchan Bal
"There is no doubt that your strategy has been super successful and of great help to people like me."
Bonjour Marie, je m’appelle Kanchan. Je suis Indienne. Rocket French, votre cour de Francaise, c’est très très bien. Merci beaucoup.
It was a wonderful time learning French with Rocket French. It is a very well planed course, especially for a total beginner (novice) like me. The entire course, which comprises of the audio exercises, the visuals, the lessons and the three Mega French games, has really made the experience very satisfying.
This course has also helped me acquaint myself with several French words in a short span of time. This was made possible particularly because of ‘Mega French games’ and the ‘audio exercises’.
There is no doubt that your strategy has been super successful and of great help to people like me. It is a great step forward to enhance the interests of people towards learning different foreign languages like French, German, etc, which are widely spoken around the world.
But, as a satisfied user of Rocket French, I would sincerely like to request you to take the necessary steps to enable the people living in India here to subscribe to the various courses offered by you, in Indian currency, without the help of any references from abroad.
Once again, I would like to thank you and the entire team of Rocket French for such a marvelous job.
Mumbai , India
Success Story #28: Sonica van Rooyen
"What I enjoy most about the program is that I can
determine where the priorities lie for me, and work according to those."
I have been deployed on a military assistance mission in the DRC for the past 10 months. I am a South African and, before coming here, have had no ties with the French language since it is not a language traditionally spoken or taught in school.
My deployment came at very short notice and there was no time to study any French before I deployed. Arriving in the DRC with no prior knowledge of French held serious consequences for me.
I regularly attended meetings, in French, with an interpreter, who was completely inexperienced.
I realized that I had to do something and did some research on the Internet, where I found your Rocket French program. The program seemed to be exactly what I needed and I immediately bought it. What I enjoy most about the program is that I can determine where the priorities lie for me, and work according to those. For instance, it became clear to me very quickly that I had to concentrate on understanding French, rather than to be able to speak it fluently.
This is because most people that I came in contact with was able to understand English quite well, but did not feel comfortable speaking it. So now I speak in English and they reply in French - and the meeting or conversation can carry on without the slow process of interpreting. Now that I understand most of what's happening around me, I find that speaking French is slowly becoming easier and with the help of Rocket French, I'm getting there.
The Rocket French Program is succeeding in making a truly complicated language far easier to grasp. I will definitely carry on with the program until I feel comfortable speaking French.
CAPT(SAN) Sonica van Rooyen
Pretoria , South Africa
Success Story #29: Charles R. Antalek
"It helped me a lot at the airport and traveling through
Marseille, Paris, Nice, Cannes and San Tropez. I think anybody would gain from
purchasing Rocket French because with the games and the courses it worked very
well for me."
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I would recommend Rocket French to others. The reason I would is that it seems to be very easy for me to go through the courses and also the special email sections that I reveived for when you are traveling and what phrases to use.
The biggest benefit I gained from my Rocket French course was that I was planning a trip to France, which I did go on and just returned.
It helped me a lot at the airport and traveling through Marseille, Paris, Nice, Cannes and San Tropez. I think anybody would gain from purchasing Rocket French because with the games and the courses it worked very well for me. Thank you very much. Merci.
Charles R. Antalek
New York, U.S.A
Success Story #30: Carolyn Chriss
"I wanted to say that I think Rocket French is a wonderful
way to learn French.."
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Hi my name is Carolyn, I’m calling about the Rocket French testimonial.
I wanted to say that I think Rocket French is a wonderful way to learn French. I have enjoyed listening to it in my car and at the gym. I’ve put it on my laptop and took it with me on vacation. I haven’t gone to France yet, but I hope to soon or at some time in the near future.
The tapes, the drawings and the books- they are all easy to understand, easy to follow, easy to listen to and emulate. It’s an easy and effective way to learn French. I’m enjoying-as I said- the learning tools very much.
Thank you very much!
California , U.S.A
Success Story #31: Megan Davis
"Rocket French is a high quality language program which I
highly recommend for those looking to pick up on basic French. Not only is it
easy to fit in every day, it is affordable."
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Hi my name is Carolyn, I’m calling about the Rocket French testimonial.
I wanted to say that I think Rocket French is a wonderful way to learn French. I have enjoyed listening to it in my car and at the gym. I’ve put it on my laptop and took it with me on vacation. I haven’t gone to France yet, but I hope to soon or at some time in the near future.
My confidence in my French has excelled preparing me for work in France. I also like how information from a previous lesson is included in new lessons so that you don’t forget what you’ve learned already.
I love how it accommodates to different learning types. The lessons include great explanations throughout and provide excellent visual and auditory aides. It is quite difficult to pronounce unfamiliar words properly and the French auditory aide really helps the situation. I know I’ve spent a lot of time running through the vocabulary lists over and over again in order to get that correct French accent. It wasn’t easy, but it comes with practice. I also love the game section of Rocket French- a nice change from structured lessons. Overall Rocket French has been a great help and I’m considering joining other Rocket Languages because of it.
Success Story #32: Derek Holden
"It was terrific to be able to converse with everyone we
met, to be able to go into patisseries, boulangeries and such and have a "live
conversation" ordering the various foods and wines."
We have just returned from two weeks in France, spending one week barging through Brittany and one week in Paris. It was terrific to be able to converse with everyone we met, to be able to go into patisseries, boulangeries and such and have a "live conversation" ordering the various foods and wines. We traveled a great deal by trains and buses asking the way, where to get off and so on.
I'm normally quite a reticent sort of a person, but I became a real "chatterbox" once I got going. The French people, I felt were very appreciative of our efforts and regarded it as a courtesy that we spoke in their language.
My accent definitely needs more practice, but the only time I ever felt foolish was when I realized I should have done this years ago! It really is a great adventure and lifts the spirits when you have a go. Especially when they respond to you! We have already recommended Rocket French to three friends who are soon to visit France, two of whom we know have already purchased the program.
For Rocket French - Je vous remercie
New South Wales, Australia
Success Story #33: Sam See
"I would absolutely recommend the program to anyone who’s
interested in learning the language..."
I’m a PhD student in English Literature, and in order to earn my degree, I have to pass two foreign language exams. I wanted to learn French in a fairly expedited way, so I purchased the Rocket French program in order to prepare for the exam. I didn’t have any training in French before I began to work with the program, and after only two months of study and practice with Rocket French, I was able to pass my language exam on the first try.
I should say that my department’s French exam is notoriously hard: many of my peers have taken it over five times, and since it’s offered only once every four months, this has set back their progress in the program by over a year. I consider Rocket French to have saved me a considerable amount of time in my program, and I’m much further along toward getting my PhD as a result of its lessons.
I would absolutely recommend the program to anyone who’s interested in learning the language, especially students and travelers, since the program offers a very accessible blend of grammar lessons and oral language practice. I consider this blend to be the program’s best quality, not to mention its reasonable price, since many other programs excel in one area or the other but rarely combine both grammar and oral skills for an inexpensive price. I’ve recommended the program to all of my peers, and I think that they, and you, will benefit it from it as much as I did in a very short amount of time.
Success Story #34: Charles Baugh
"it is an extremely good method to use, to learn to speak
and understand French..."
Intermittently, throughout my life, I have grappled with trying to learn the French language, only to fail each time, related partly to a lack of strong motivation, and partly to the material I was using, it not being adequate for my needs. A few months ago, I was in a well known book store, and purchased a book with two CDs for beginners to learn French. That represented the start, and a good start, to my current attempt to speak and understand French. Since then, I have purchased a good deal of educational material, related to studies of the French language, some would say far too much!
However, included in that material are three courses that I am studying simultaneously, one of which is Rocket French. The three courses are quite different in their approach, and I am finding all three to be extremely good. I would not attempt to characterize any one of the three as better than the other two, since obviously different approaches appeal to different people, and all three appeal to me. I want to go into some more detail about Rocket French, not because I feel it is superior over all, as I have already stated, but because I think it is an extremely good method to use, to learn to speak and understand French. Thus, most of my comments are favorable, although I will point out what I see, as the very few drawbacks in the lessons. In that regard, no language course can be all things to all people, and those aspects which appeal to me, might not be of interest to others. I can only offer my own personal opinions, about what I like mainly, and what could be improved.
The lessons are very well organized, with a good deal of grammar, which is presented in an outstanding manner. I have never liked grammar of any type. But this is the exception. It is a pleasure to study; simple, clear and fun, which they intend it to be. There are many examples related to each point, and a great deal of this is on the audio, in addition to the book, and the pages of the book are all clearly displayed on the screen. There is a vocabulary list with each lesson, and in addition to that, there is a good deal of vocabulary in the grammar, and in the exercises at the end of each lesson, which is designed to reinforce the content of the lesson, and which they do quite well.
The early lessons are quite simple, tailored to beginners, and very gradually it becomes a little more difficult, but this is subtle, and it would be wrong to suggest that it is ever really difficult, since it anticipates improvement by the student, or so it seems.
The negative aspects are mostly trivial. There is dialogue in the book which isn't on the audio. More importantly, there isn't a dialogue in each lesson, where one can't see the French words or the English translation, and there is no repetition with changing speeds. I don't think that you can become facile in understanding the language if you use crutches, like seeing the words while listening. One can always review the audio, looking at the French words, or using the translation. This suggestion would mean a substantial increase in the number of CDs, and a significant increase in cost. That can be resolved by producing a standard and deluxe edition. Understanding spoken French involves much repetition of the dialogue, including listening to it when it is speeded up.
A major bonus in this course is the weekly newsletter, that follows the adventures of a couple traveling in France, visiting Paris, and there is a lot of very good dialogue. This only suffers from one being able to see the French words on the screen while listening, as I have discussed before. Again, there is an exercise at the end of each lesson, designed to assess your progress.
Aside from the many good things about this program that I have discussed, if you have any sort of problem, technical or otherwise, prompt help is available. I had a technical problem one Sunday, and it was rectified within nine hours!
Despite my few comments re shortcomings, Rocket French gets a nine on a scale of ten, and with the changes I propose, in place, it would get an eleven!
Success Story #35: Kate Ayers
"I would absolutely recommend the program to anyone who’s
interested in learning the language..."
Without Rocket French, I would not have been nearly as comfortable touring – and wine tasting --in France. As you can see from the picture, I had no trouble making myself understood! I was much more relaxed in my travels after spending a few weeks with the Rocket French course. I tried a *Competitor* and, while it is admittedly well written, I found that the audio portion of Rocket French was absolutely essential to proper pronunciation of French words.
French is not a language that allows you to sound out the syllables. There seems to be many more letters on the page than actually reach the ears. It looks like they use a lot of unnecessary characters. The language does have rules, though, and those rules are well pointed out in this course. Learning the basic grammar early on aided in comprehension immensely. And repeatedly hearing the words, especially while reading them, helped gain an understanding of how they should sound. The course is set up so that I could pick and choose whichever lessons most suited my needs. After the first few foundational lessons, I found that I could defer some of the topics that I would not need right away. Learning French is fun this way!
Success Story #36: Theodoor de Bie
"Rocket French! It works!"
Rocket French! It works! I decided to take the Rocket French course before going on holidays in France. After the long trip from Australia to Europe we were finally on our final flight to our destination in France. A young girl next to me suddenly said “Quelle heur est il?” I beg you pardon? She repeated her question. “Vous êtes Fancise?” I answered “Oui!” I told her in French that it was 11.30 am and she thanked me. It took me a while to recover from the surprise of speaking to a French person and I tentatively asked her “ Vous conprenez que je dis?” “Oui.” She seemed like a girl of a few words.
But I started to tell her in French that I had taken a course in French on the Internet and we chatted for a while. True my French was not perfect, but she did not mind and what could you expect from me after an eighteen hours flight from Australia. The next day in France I went to the railway station for some information, and I asked in French if the man behind the window wished to speak English. He answered that my French was better than his English so we continued in French. Thanks to Rocket French I had a ball in France. Who says that the French are arrogant and do not wish to talk to foreigners? I showed off my knowledge of French and they showed of their knowledge of English! I talked to the people in the street, in the shops, the restaurants and followed the Israeli invasion into Lebanon on the T.V. and in the French newspapers Le Monde and Figaro. Yes, I still needed a dictionary to fully understand the articles, but without my course in Rocket French I would have had to read English newspapers only!
Theodoor de Bie
Wantirna South, Australia
Success Story #37: Wim Hultink
"I would like to thank you for the way the course has been
constructed and so making the French language more familiar to me."
I would like to tell you about my views of the course. It is now about 60 years ago that I, for the last time, studied French (I'm 75 now) I always wanted to be able to speak and understand the spoken word fluently. My dearest wish was to spend a year in France to achieve this, but circumstances never allowed me to do so. Due to my medical condition I am not able to obtain travel insurance and so traveling overseas is not possible any longer.
It was therefore a pleasant surprise when enrolling in your course that the spoken word is so clearly produced and with the written text it is such a pleasure to understand most of the words, although not always the spoken word. It is a great help to me to repeat these sentences over and over again so that they become familiar to hear and to say. I am having great fun with this.
Therefore I would like to thank you for the way the course has been constructed and so making the French language more familiar to me.
I am enclosing a photo of me in one of my silly moods and although not very clearly shown, in front of a Gunther Dietz screen print of "The Poplars" by Claude Monet. So there is a little bit of French in my lounge room.
Once again thank you.
With kind regards
Success Story #38: Karen J Bindl
"As I tell my best friends, they should buy Rocket French
because it is an awesome product and the software makes learning grammar and
I have earned both my CPA and my MBA so I thought learning a foreign language wouldn't be that tough.
I found out that making progress was very challenging and that I could only take small baby steps. Then I decided to try Rocket French. As I tell my best friends, they should buy Rocket French because it is an awesome product and the software makes learning grammar and pronunciation easy.
When you click on a word or a phase you hear native speakers say the expression or word that you clicked on. For me, that is the best benefit. I have read other French text books but knowing the correct pronunciation was impossible. When you buy Rocket French you will be enabled to work at your own speed.
Like some leading products, the speaker doesn't drone on and on and on with the pronunciation of a word that you already know. With Rocket French, you decide what you want to hear and how many times you want to hear it. There are so many advantages that Rocket French has over other products including the interactive sessions. Each session is followed with a question and answer review session. That turned out to be a great awareness of how fluent I really was and how readily I could answer the questions. Also, the easy download functions enable to you listen while commuting, flying, working out at a health club, or at your computer.
With Rocket French you can expect to speak foreign language sentences within the first session!
Please contact me if you need clarification or have questions. Thank you and have a nice day.
Karen J Bindl
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