Rocket Languages Portuguese

Language-learning software has traditionally been very expensive, with some of the strongest players in the market charging hundreds of dollars for DVD sets, or high monthly subscription rates for Web-based courses. The online service Rocket Languages has content that stands tall next to some of the better-known players, such as Rosetta Stone, but it costs much less. Lifetime access to a Premium account costs just a one-time fee of $99.95. The twist, however, is that in the last two years, free language learning apps and sites have become very good.Rocket Languages' website is better than it was a few years ago, but the amount of interactivity has not kept pace with the competition. Rocket Languages is starting to feel a little behind the times. More than ever, users are looking for adaptive placement tests, computerized assessments of their spoken language skills, and engaging games that help reinforce their learning. These are all lacking in Rocket Languages. On the flip side, the technical requirements for using the site are fairly low, so it might appeal to users on older hardware.View all 10 photos in galleryRocket covers all areas of learning: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. There is a lot of content to churn through, which is a good thing, and Rocket currently offers more languages than the best free competitor on the market, Duolingo. But in all other ways, Duolingo is a tough act to beat.Supported Languages and PriceRocket Languages has courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and English for speakers of Spanish and Japanese. As of this writing, Russian is listed as coming soon.The price of Rocket Languages depends on which package you buy, and the offered packages vary by language. It's kind of a "Unit 1, 2, 3" deal, except Rocket Languages calls them Premium, Premium Plus, and Platinum. It's a little confusing that the pricing page then lists the options as Premium, The Combo (Premium and Premium Plus together), and The Works (all three). Not all languages offer all these levels, however. Sign Language, for example, only has Premium content, although it's priced lower than any other package at $69.95.The best deal is the Lifetime Online Access, which means no physical media. For just the Premium level, the list price is $149.95, but it's almost always discounted on Rocket Languages' site. The Combo lists for $249.90, and The Works goes for $259.90. (I have a hunch those last two options are so close in price for a reason.)If relying on online-only content just isn't your jam, you can buy Rocket Languages on physical CDs for $299.95 (Premium), $599.90 (The Combo), or $899.85 (The Works), plus shipping and handling. Surely you can see now why the online access is a much better deal. It's not only cheaper but also comes with whatever updates Rocket Languages makes to its program throughout the company's life. On the other hand, should the company ever close up shop, perhaps you'd rather have purchased a language learning package you can own. With the Lifetime Online Access account, you can actually download many of the audio files, but nothing else.Remember, just as a point of comparison, Duolingo is free, although it's entirely online, with no ability to save materials offline.The Overall Vibe of Rocket LanguagesAs mentioned, Rocket Languages covers all the primary areas of language learning: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. The website's main dashboard gives you a clear overview of all the rocket languages portuguese lessons you need to complete. If you're learning a language for the first time, it's easy to start at the very beginning and work your way consecutively through all the lessons. If you do have some experience with the language, you might waste some time figuring out where to begin, as there is no placement test.Each of the lessons contains a title, giving you some indication of what will be covered—Events, Directions, Bargaining, The Hotel, and so forth. In my experience, the lessons take somewhere between 20 and 60 minutes to complete, depending on what kind of content each one contains. For example, some of the lessons start with a 20- or 25-minute audio lesson that introduces new material, but not all the lessons have that.The content and pacing is very well structured, especially for beginners. I found the audio lessons friendly and inviting without being overly ambitious about how much new knowledge a student can retain in one day.One nice feature of the audio lessons is that they are downloadable. Most of Rocket Languages' content is online only, so it's nice to have this option of learning either offline or on a mobile device. In addition, Rocket Languages has mobile apps for iPhone and Android that sync with your online account so that you can pick up your learning where you left off.Rocket Languages' biggest weakness is that most of the interactive learning components feel dated. For example, there is a voice-recording tool, but it does not analyze, assess, or score your speaking skills. You can only play back the audio recording to yourself. The slideshow images that accompany this review might give you a better idea, visually, of how dated Rocket Languages feels.