How many of you would like to be able to speak Japanese? And how many of you would like have full confidence in your ability to communicate verbally in the language? If you said yes to either of those questions, then you’re in the right place.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nick Hoyt and I’d like to share The Ultimate Rocket Japanese review 2018 with you today.
As for my own personal journey, I’ve been studying the language for several years, primarily through books and popular courses, and the thing that always got me was this question:
“Why is the spoken part of Japanese so hard to understand, and do really well yourself?”
After doing some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two main reasons why people can’t speak Japanese very well, even after months and years of study. They are:
- Because people don’t have access to enough high quality materials.
- Because people don’t practice the language in a way that leads to conversational fluency.
And while Rocket Japanese isn’t a perfect course (I’d love to see one that was!) it answers these two questions far better than any of the competition that I’ve come across so far.
#1 – How Does Rocket Japanese Provide You with Enough High Quality Materials?
First let me say that there are three levels of Rocket Japanese, and you can either get them all together in a single package, or just one at a time.
I personally bought the complete package since it was the best deal, and I assume that anyone who is serious about learning Japanese would do the same, so my review will be based on that.
So the question is, how much Japanese in contained in the course?
Here is a break down on the number of lessons that you get with everything:
Amount of Japanese Lessons:
- Interactive Audio Lessons = 98
- Language & Culture Lessons = 91
- Writing Lessons = 88
- Total Japanese Lessons = 277
- Hours of lesson time = 378
As you can see, there is a lot to learn!
The lessons are laid out in a logical progression from the easier material to the harder stuff, and what’s nice is that all of it builds upon what you’ve previously learned so that you never feel overwhelmed throughout the learning process.
It personally took me over a year to complete the entire course, and I would say that if you put in about 1-hour of study into it each day, and you never missed a single day, then it would probably take you a little more than one year to complete all the lessons and practice reviews that are included.
In other words, you won’t need any other learning materials for over a year!
It’s pretty great.
Each of the three types of lessons play a bit of a different role in your education:
- The Interactive Audio Lessons are the ones that will teach you to speak Japanese. This is the heart and soul of the course and I will go into detail about it in just a minute.
- The Language & Culture Lessons will explain Japanese grammar and culture in depth to deepen your understanding of the language.
- The Writing Lessons will teach you how to read and write all of Hiragana, all of Katakana, and a fair amount of Kanji.
The main lessons are The Interactive Audio ones, and what they do is present you with a real life conversation in Japanese, spoken between two people, and then it goes over each word and phrase and explains them to you in English so that you can understand what they mean.
The best thing about learning Japanese within the context of conversations like this is that there are always two sides to it!
What that means is that:
- When you learn how to talk to your boss, you also learn how a boss talks to employees beneath him or her.
- When you learn how a store clerk would talk to a customer, you also learn how (as a customer) you should talk to a store employee.
- When you learn how to talk to a Japanese girl, you also learn how Japanese girls talk (Hint: it’s different from how guys talk!).
This means that in addition to learning how to speak Japanese in certain situations (like work, play, etc.) you are also going to learn how different people talk in each of these scenarios based on their social status and who they are talking to.
And while it is probably true that you won’t need to learn how to speak politely to customers in Japanese, it is true that clerks and store employees will speak to you in this way while you visit Japan.
So if you want to understand what other people are saying to you, then you’d better practice both 🙂
#2 – How Does Rocket Japanese Get You Speaking the Language Immediately?
The question is, how can you become really good at speaking Japanese?
And the answer is simple: By practicing speaking Japanese over and over, and getting feedback on how well you did!
During the Japanese lessons, you will be prompted to listen to a native say a word or phrase in Japanese, and then repeat it yourself.
That means that you are actively practicing the spoken part of Japanese!
In addition to that, each word and phrase is listed below the lesson so that you can click on it to hear it, and then speak it yourself into the Rocket Record program which will then grade you on how well you pronounced it.
In addition to this, there is also a re-play button (the bottom right one) that you can click to hear your recording of the word. This is really amazing since you can then click the native recording again and compare with your own ears how close you were to the original.
But the speaking practice doesn’t end there!
After you are done with the lesson, there are several tests that you can take in order to further reinforce the Japanese words and phrases into your long-term memory.
There are quite a few different tests, and they all focus on a different skill such as writing, recall, pronunciation, grammar knowledge, and so on.
But what’s really nice is that they are all optional. So if you feel that you need to put more time on speaking Japanese, and less time on reading it, you can choose to focus on those tests that promote speaking the language.
There are two in particular that I think you should do for each and every lesson. They are:
- Hear it Say it! – Which plays a word or phrase in Japanese, and then you have to repeat it yourself. It is entirely audio based, so it trains your ear to both hear Japanese correctly, and then mimic it yourself. This is the testing method that will get your pronunciation to the level of a native speaker.
- Play it! – In which you take on the role of one of the two people in the conversation you learned in the main lesson. What this does is train you to speak Japanese at a conversational level. What’s pretty cool is that once you’ve practiced the phrases several times, they become automatic and the words just come out of your mouth without you even having to think about them.
The other testing methods are also really useful, but if you want to be able to speak Japanese at a natural conversational level, and have great pronunciation as well, then you will absolutely want to use these particular two.
Who is Rocket Japanese Perfect For? And Who is it Not For?
I won’t pretend that this one course is “The Perfect Thing” for every single person out there learning Japanese.
That would just be silly.
So first let me tell you who this course is not really intended for, so that you are aware of it in case you fall into this category.
Rocket Japanese is NOT for you, if:
- You are already at an advanced level of Japanese.
- You are only interesting in learning how to read Japanese.
- You are only looking to learn one part of the language (like for business, or tourist stuff).
- You are the kind of person who prefers to learn in a physical classroom with other students.
Having said all of that, there are definitely some people who this course is specifically designed for. They will absolutely get the most benefit from using it, and if you identify with any of the following, then this course is definitely for you.
Rocket Japanese is RIGHT for you, if:
- You are a total beginner or at an intermediate level of Japanese.
- You want to learn how to speak Japanese and understand when others are speaking to you.
- You want to learn all aspects of the language (like casual Japanese, polite, ultra-formal, etc.)
- You are the kind of person who prefers to learn Japanese on the computer, phone, or in the car.
Rocket Japanese is one of the courses sold by the company Rocket Languages. The language courses sold by Rocket Languages have been out for a long time, and they are trusted by many people who continue to use them year after year.
In fact, as of this writing, there are over 2,000 5-Star Reviews written by people who have gone through the various courses themselves and benefited from the learning a new language!
There Are Two Major Bonuses You Get With The Course!
Alright, it’s time to talk about the price of the course, and the two bonuses you get when you make the decision to learn Japanese through Rocket Japanese.
The first bonus you are going to get are three Japanese Survival Kits (one per level of the course) that sell for $49.95/Each on the Rocket Languages main site.
Each Survival Kit is a targeted vocabulary session based on a particular topic. It’s a little different from the primary lessons because instead of conversations, you will be focusing on increasing the number of Japanese words you know and understand.
But of course it still utilizes the interactive audio format so that you can focus on the essential Japanese words and phrases and their correct pronunciation.
All in all, this first bonus is worth a total of $149.85 and you get it included for free when you get all three levels of Rocket Japanese in a single package known as “The Works“.
Now, the regular price for The Works is $449.85 which is a pretty normal amount for a high quality language course, a single semester of a college language class, or about 50 hours of private tutoring.
I would say that the closest competitor to Rocket Japanese for learning how to speak the language is Pimsleur (I’ve done a review on them too) and their full course sells for $575.00
But that’s where the second bonus comes into play.
You will be given the coupon code ROCKETDEAL to apply to your order when you click on the link below which gives you a discount of $189.95 off of the total price for The Works!
So you end up saving a total of $339.80 off of all three levels of Rocket Japanese and all three Japanese Survival Kits!
Your final tuition for the complete Rocket Japanese course is a mere $259.90 – Only about half of what you’d pay normally!
- 3 Japanese Survival Kits = $149.85
- 3 Levels of Japanese “The Works” = $449.85
- Total Value = $599.70
- Price When You Use Coupon = $259.90
Before we go any further, let me calm any concerns you might have by letting you know that there is a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee.
If, after trying it out and seeing what the course is like, you decide that it’s not the right fit for you, simply let the Rocket Languages Customer Service Team know about it and you will get a full refund.
Here’s How You Gain The Knowledge AND The Confidence To Speak Japanese:
Let me circle back to the beginning where I asked you these two questions:
- How would you like to be able to speak Japanese?
- How would you like to do so with confidence in your abilities?
In order to speak Japanese, you have to have a certain amount of knowledge of the language. You have to know a certain amount of words and phrases so that whenever you have a thought, you can turn it into the correct Japanese words.
In the first part of this review I explained how Rocket Japanese has an incredible amount of information on the language that you will learn and use throughout the course.
In fact, there are 7,240 phrases throughout the entire course for you to work with! That solves the knowledge problem.
But even if you know a bunch of Japanese words, it doesn’t necessarily fill you with confidence right away… In order to believe in yourself, what you need is experience with using and speaking the language!
The entire Rocket Japanese course is designed to have you speaking from day-1, all the way until day-365 or whenever you complete the program!
When you know a lot of Japanese, and you’ve practiced speaking it for hours and hours, you gain a firm belief in yourself that can’t be replaced by anything else.
Those 7,240 phrases I just mentioned are in fact voice recognition phrases, which means that you will get to record yourself speaking each and every one of them, and then see how well you did when compared to a native Japanese speaker so that you can correct any small mistakes you make along the way.
Once you’ve gained the knowledge of how to speak several thousand Japanese phrases, and the confidence that you have already spoken them before and can continue to do so when you want to, you will know that you absolutely can speak Japanese!
Have you tried Rocket Japanese before? Share your questions and comments below!