The Ultimate Rocket Japanese Review 2019

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 2019 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:

  1. Because people don’t have access to enough high quality materials.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Language & Culture Lessons will explain Japanese grammar and culture in depth to deepen your understanding of the language.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 computerphone, 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
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  • 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:

  1. How would you like to be able to speak Japanese?
  2. 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!

31 Comments

    • Nick Hoyt

      You can buy the CD version and have it shipped to your house, but it increases the price quite a bit if you do.

      Most people (including myself) just buy the digital version which you access online through your computer or phone and go through it that way. I highly recommend that you choose this method if you’re on the fence, as it will save you a lot of money for essentially the same information.

  • Simon

    This Ultimate Rocket Japanese language training course sounds very complete after reading your thorough review, thanks for your recommendation.
    It always baffled me why no schools around our area taught Japanese when I was at school considering how influential Japan is to the world however one thing is learning the language and speaking it correctly, the other hurdle is learning how to read and write in Japanese.
    I can therefore imagine a few years of determined hard work learning with this quality of training will get towards being fluent. How did you find the training with regards to reading and writing, is it straightforward to learn?
    Thanks again, you’ve inspired me,
    Simon.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah when you look at the numbers, there’s only like 1% of so Americans learning Japanese. On the other hand there’s around 50 million learning Spanish, so it’s obvious why every school has a Spanish class, but very few have one on learning Japanese.

      The course presents all of the dialog in both the Japanese written system, and also English letters. So there is plenty of practice with regards to learning how to read Japanese.

      They also have a second that teaches you the correct stroke order for hiragana, katakana, and a fair amount of kanji. So to answer your question, the course does a great job at teaching written Japanese as well.

      Having said that, I believe that the true power of this course in particular is in the fact that it gets people speaking and understanding Japanese with its primary lessons and recording software.

  • Austeja

    It was a very clear and throughout review. As I am one of the people who has trouble with spoken language when learning languages this seems like a very useful program 🙂

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, I think that most people have the hardest time with learning how to speak new languages at a high level. Contrary to what you might naturally assume, learning how to read a new language is usually the easier of the two tasks.

  • Sir

    I’ve read that one of the speakers in the course has an English accent when he speaks Japanese. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Nick Hoyt

      It’s a good question and one that I’m happy to address.

      The first level of Rocket Japanese is taught by a Japanese native and a guy from England. Her accent it perfect (of course), but his is definitely a British one when he speaks Japanese.

      This isn’t really ideal, as you kind of want to listen to native Japanese people speaking so that you can mimic what it naturally sounds like.

      That being said, the first level is actually the shortest one, with levels 2 & 3 being much, much longer. AND there are two new people who do all of the example sentences for levels 2 & 3 and they are both native Japanese.

      So while it’s not super great that one of the conversation partners speaks Japanese with an accent in level-1, it is (in my mind) not really all that big a deal since his lines make up approximately 10% of the entire course.

      This means that you are going to get a little exposure to what Japanese sounds like from a non-native, which is good, but primarily you are going to be listening to natives speaking Japanese in this course.

      It’s a totally valid concern, but one that I feel is only experienced by people who have used the course for less that 10 hours and never made it beyond the first level. Once you’re past the initial beginner stuff, it becomes a non-issue.

      I hope that helps!

  • Kanayo

    Very good review, Nick.

    Did this course also teach you to write in Japanese? Because obviously, it’s one thing to speak a language and another thing entirely to write in it.

    And with several other online courses out there, in your opinion, what makes this one stand out?

    In your review, you gave two reasons why people do not learn to speak Japanese very fluently. While your reasons are true, I also think Japan as a nation should do more to export their language and culture.

    Regards.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, good question. So it actually does teach you how to write Hiragana, Katakana, and several dozen kanji during the written exercise parts. It includes videos so that you can also learn the correct stroke order, which is pretty cool.

      As for what makes this one different from other courses, I would say the most courses take a vocabulary based approach (they teach one word at a time and use lots of pictures) where as Rocket Japanese takes a more conversational sentences approach (they teach you words ad grammar from a normal conversation).

      The other thing that really stands out about Rocket Japanese is their software for recording yourself. This is INCREDIBLY helpful since you can immediately check how you did compared to the native speaker!

      If you’ve never recorded yourself speaking Japanese before, and then analyzed it, you will probably be shocked at the kinds of mistakes you are regularly making and are not aware of. 

      Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that’s hard to notice when nobody else points it out, or you don’t take the time to listen to yourself from a third person perspective.

      As for your final point, I agree! I think that more people in the world should speak Japanese and get to enjoy their amazing culture!

      Anything that Japan does to help, is a powerful step in that direction. That being said, I myself am a native English speaker, so I feel that I can do the most good by helping other native English speakers learn and understand Japanese.

      Thanks! 

  • Arta

    Thank you for the thorough Rocket Japanese review. This seems to be a great deal especially if getting the complete course at the special price you have mentioned. Do you know who has developed the Japanese course at Rocket Japanese? Are these some native Japanese people? I personally think that the native people can teach the language the best – what is your view about this? There is something about the language on the subconscious level that can’t be taught.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, so the courses were designed in tandem with the Japanese instructors, which you will notice right away with all of the cultural notes that you encounter during the lessons. 

      What they do is teach you a Japanese phrase, explain the English translations, and then go into the similarities and differences between the two languages so that you can get a firm grasp on how the two languages are similar and how they are different from on another.

      As for my view on who can teach Japanese the best, I’ve got some pretty in depth thoughts, but I don’t want to go too much into it since it’s just a comment and not an entire post. Let me just list a few points:

      When it comes to teaching Japanese to people who’s native language is English, the best teaches are English natives. 

      Why?

      Because they know where you are coming from! They know your struggles since they went through the exact same things!

      Native Japanese people don’t quite get this since “Japanese” is normal to them. 

      Although I do believe that there are wonderful Japanese people who teach their language to non-natives. 

      Having said that, the best people to listen to so that you mimic them and learn the language are of course, native Japanese people.

      This goes on to what you touched upon – using the language unconsciously.

      Generally speaking, English natives leak their speaking habits into Japanese. Things like syllable stress, and how ideas are expressed.

      Japanese people obviously use the language correctly all the time, so it’s best to just follow their lead.

      So to wrap it up, my personal opinion is to have an English native explain the language to you, but listen to natives speaking the example phrases.

      I hope that helps! 

  • Tyler Redlev

    I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese and it seems like this is a great chance. I have friends that have started learning Japanese years ago and now they’re so fluent!!

    I’m Turkish and we share the same language family root with Japanese, that’s why it’s much more easier for us to learn it. I think I will think about Rocket Japanese 🙂

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey, that’s really interesting! I actually had no idea about Turkish and Japanese sharing the same language family root. No doubt it would help a lot when it comes to picking up the language.

      I believe that’s actually one of the reasons that Japanese is so notoriously hard for native English speakers: The vast structural difference between languages!

      I always say take every advantage you can get, so you’re already one step ahead of the game when it comes to nihongo.

  • Antonis Christonasis

    Hello Nick!
    Being a huge anime fan for years and having my anime theories website has made me want to learn Japanese so badly. However, the lack of time has prevented me from doing so, so far. These Rocket Japanese courses seem like a great place to start since I’m the one responsible for the time and the hours of the day I’ll spend on learning. It seems like a great tool that I’ll be using very soon!

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, that’s a good point. It does take a commitment of time to fully learn a language. There’s both the daily time that you need to put in, and there’s also a longer time frame that you’ll have to devote as well (months/year).

      I feel like there’s really no “need” to learn the Japanese language in today’s world since it is really only used in a few places on this planet, primarily Japan of course. So when a person decide to learn the language, it is definitely a very personal goal that they have to set for themselves for whatever reason makes the most sense for them.

      So there’s no rush, come back and check this information out again sometime in the future if you decide that it’s the right time to commit to learning Japanese.

      Thanks!

  • Andrew Bromley

    There is a certain fascination about oriental languages, and in particular Japanese. This is something that i may be considering in the near future as i have been thinking about learning the language for a long time. I have a brief knowledge of Spanish and French and now Japanese looks prominent.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, I’ve always thought it would be cool to speak languages that were from opposite sides of the world. So an Asian language, and a Western European language, and a Slavic language, etc.

      But from what I understand, a lot of people who are polyglots (speak about 5+ languages) like to take on an entire language family at one time so that they can add 3-5 new languages at a fluent level within a single year!

      I think it’s a pretty cool thing, although for myself I am only really interested in Japanese right now. Perhaps in the future I’ll also look at another language to learn!

  • Nicki V

    Great review on Rocket Japanese! I have been learning different languages for about 7 years now so I am always interested in finding new software that will help me learn quicker.

    How would you compare this program to the free sites like Duolingo?

    One thing that I struggled with when trying to learn Russian and Arabic was learning the different alphabet, does this course go through and explain what the different symbols mean?

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey Nicki, that totally awesome that you’ve been studying languages for so long! 

      I’ve tried out the Japanese version of Duolingo, but it was still in Beta mode so it had some glitches and wasn’t really ready for new people to use to learn Japanese. That being said, I also tried out the Italian version and thought it was pretty good.

      The main difference I would say between Duolingo and Rocket Languages is the methods they use to teach. When I used Duolingo there was a feeling of playing a game when you had to match what you heard with the correct picture. 

      However, I felt that the majority of learning occurred during the parts where you were giving a sentence in you native language, and then individual words in the target language, and then you had to piece them together to create the same sentence in the language you were learning.

      It felt like translation work. I personally don’t really like that way of learning because it seemed kind of slow and tedious, but it might be a better fit for other people.

      As for Rocket Japanese, it teaches you words and phrases within the context of a real life sentence, so when you learn, it’s kind of like you’re an actor or actress and you take on the role of the characters. For me, this was an incredible way to learn quickly because you not only see, hear, and then speak the words, but you also visualize yourself in the situation and feel the emotions of the characters.

      It is (in my experience) a much more involved method of learning, and as studies have shown, the more involved you can get during the learning process, the better your brain takes in the new information and the longer you remember it.

      Kind of a long answer, I know!

      Let me briefly answer your last question: Yes – Rocket Japanese teaches you how to both read and write the Japanese alphabet as you progress through the course. By the second level, you are able to read and understand all Hiragana, all Katakana, and a fair amount of Kanji (there are over 2,000 Kanji in total, so it’s a lot!).

      I hope those answers were helpful!

  • Jack Brandon Dockery

    Thank you for writing this product review for Rocket Japanese. A 3-hour course in cheap public 4-year institutions is much more likely to cost between $1,500 and $2,000, and that’s with a teacher who can not afford to give you individual attention. Does Rocket have a proposed daily or weekly schedule? I know you said the course could be learned in a year, but I am curious if they put out any guidelines.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Rocket Japanese doesn’t really have a proposed scheduled per se, but what they do have are two things that help you to create your own schedule:

      (1) – The layout and organization of lessons are setup in a easy to understand and logical way, so that you can clearly see what kind of lessons are ready for you to tackle next, and decided how you want to approach it on a day to day basis. It’s a structured process that allows you to focus on learning, rather than the back-end stuff.

      (2) – They have a points system that rewards you each time you record a phrase, or complete one of the testing methods. What this does is allows you to set a goal (such as 400 points per day) that will then require you to practice a certain amount each day in order to accomplish it.

      So with those two things in mind, you can figure out for yourself approximately how much time per day you want to commit to studying Japanese, and then set the system up to help support you.

      There is also a “daily streak” which goes up when you study each day. It’s a great way to build consistency into your routine!

  • Kelly

    Wow. This is very cool. I have never heard of the Rocket Language courses. I have heard of some other companies but never Rocket. It appears to be a very dynamic program teaching how to really function in the real world of that language. It sounds like this would be a good company to go with for someone like myself who is fluent in only English but would like to learn other languages. How many different languages are currently available for training with Rocket?

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, that’s also one of the things that I noticed too, that nobody really knows much about them! Even I knew nothing and only stumbled upon them by accident one day. 

      As of now, they teach 12 different languages to people who are fluent in English. They actually teach English to people who speak Spanish and Japanese as their mother tongue, which is pretty cool!

      Hopefully with my work here on the blog I can introduce many new people to Rocket Japanese, and if it’s a good fit then everybody wins!

      Thanks! 

  • wildfind

    This looks like an amazing program. I wonder if it would be appropriate for children? Do you think it would keep their interest?
    Does rocket Japanese have a children’s version? My son of 10 has interest in learning Japanese but I haven’t found a program that teaches all aspects of the language nor one that will keep his interest. What suggestions do you have?

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hmm, yeah that’s a really good question. I think this course is really more designed for people who are self-learners, or people with a drive to learn the language. I say that mainly because there is no penalty for missing a day or a week of studying. You truly get to set your own pace for learning the language.

      Based off of the behavior of my siblings, cousins, and other family members that are around the age of ten, I think the hardest thing is (like you mentioned) keeping them interested in the learning material, and also consistent with studying each day. This course might not actually be the perfect thing for them for the reasons I mentioned above.

      Perhaps the best way would be to find something that he’s interested in that is all in Japanese (a video game, a manga, an anime, etc.) and get that for him, and then also get him some sort of study material that he could do for a short amount of time each day (to avoid getting bored) of like, 10-20 minutes.

      That way he can have something good to study with (in this case it could be Rocket Japanese), and also have some fun materiel in Japanese that would be a good motivating drive to keep him committed to his studies.

      So it’s a two pronged attack: 1) – Cool Japanese things that interest and motivate. 2) – Good Japanese materials that educate.

      It’s actually pretty interesting that you ask me this question right now, because I ordered a book of off Amazon last Friday about “Raising Bi-Lingual Kids” since I felt that it was one area of language learning/teaching that I was lacking in knowledge. 

      I’m going to read the book and then come back here to give you some better advice on how to go about it with your son and Japanese. Check back here for a better answer (sorry!) in about a week or so.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey, I wanted to come back and just talk briefly about the book I read about raising bi-lingual kids.

      The book is really designed for parents who already speak more than one language and can be the primary teacher in the child’s education, so it might not contain the kind of advice you were looking for. That being said, there were two things that the author talked about that I think are worth mentioning.

      He said that in order for your kid to learn a second language, there has to be a need for it, and there has to be lots of exposure to it.

      So if you can get a little creative, and find or create an environment where those two things exist, there is a pretty good chance that your kid will work on his own towards learning the language.

      I’m not sure of your exact situation, so I don’t want to take any wild guesses. But keep asking yourself those two questions and see what answers you find.

      1 – “How can I make learning Japanese something that my son feels like he needs to do?” (Remember, it can be centered around fun)
      2 – “How can I provide him with sufficient exposure to the language in both written and spoken form?”

      I hope that helps!

  • JL

    Hi,
    This Japanese course seems very comprehensive and they must be very sure of their product with a 60 day money back guarantee as opposed to other providers. It seems very practical for spoken Japanese, but I am wondering how it works for written Japanese if you have never had exposure to Japanese characters or keyboards.
    Thanks.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, that’s a valid point. 

      The writing lessons teach you how to both read and write all of the two phonetic systems that Japanese uses (Hiragana & Katanata) and then it teaches you several dozen useful kanji in the more advanced lessons.

      In addition to that, each and every phrase that you learn is presented to you with the audio (of course) and then it is written in several different ways so that you can read it yourself no matter what level you are at. Here is an example of what I mean by that:

      – また おこし ください。

      – またお越し下さい。

      – Mata okoshi kudasai.

      – Please come again.

      So as you can see, the first line is written in just the phonetic script Hiragana, and it includes spaces so that you can easily see each word. Katakana would also be shown here when appropriate.

      The second line is the complete Japanese written system, with all the correct Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana (when it makes sense) and there are no spaces between words. This is what you will eventually work you way up to with repeated practice.

      The third line is the Japanese phrase, but it is written in the English alphabet so that people who are totally new to learning Japanese can still read along and learn the phrase without any problems.

      And then that final line is the English translation of the Japanese phrase.

      So even though I talked mostly about how Rocket Japanese will teach you the spoken part of the language, you actually do learn the written part as well. 

      I just wanted to focus most of my review on what I believe to be the greatest part of Rocket Japanese, teaching you how to speak it at a normal conversational level and speed, because that is what most students struggle with the most when learning the language.

      P.S. When it comes to typing Japanese characters, it’s actually super simple. All you have to do is activate the Japanese keyboard option on your PC or Mac and then when you type the English letters, they will be converted into the Japanese characters.

  • Daniel

    I’ve used Rocket Japanese in the past and felt it was pretty good. One of the things I liked about it was that you could “favorite” any word or sentence that you wanted to, and then later you could create a custom flash cards deck out of those same sentences. I always had a pretty good sized deck so that I could review everything in one place. It made it really easy.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, I totally agree!

      And also, they actually just upgraded the flash cards for the new 2018-Edition of Rocket Japanese. In addition to what you could do before, you can now hear the audio clips for every phrase when they come up. This is nice since you can then mimic the native’s pronunciation.

      One other thing is that you can now upload images to the flash cards, which will help you to visualize what the word or phrase means. So for example, if the phrase was about a dog running, you could go to Google Images and grab a picture of a dog running to put into the flash card.

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