It provides 3 books with 46 lessons, CDs, e-tutoring and access to an online community where experts and learners share tips and experiences.
But I found the lessons repetitive, the books too school-like and struggled with pronunciation because there was no voice recognition tool to practice with.
Cut a long story short, I ditched it for a partial refund 2 months later, and then went online looking for something a bit more fun, and cheaper! My wife had paid over $180.
I found Rocket Spanish, which at almost $100 cheaper, came coupled with a cultural starter, voice recognition tool, MegaVerb, MegaVocab games and more. Not to mention full tutor support. There is also a Motivation Center where you can track your progress and pick up your certificates, which I think is an awesome idea for keeping users engaged and encouraging learning.
Rocket Spanish felt so modern, innovative and fun compared with the old style of Living Language Platinum.
Being a digital-type person with a Tablet and iPhone, RS suited me better for home and on the go learning. There is also a free trial that enables you to test run the program before you buy, which Living Language didn’t offer my wife sadly.
I read a lot of reviews before buying, including about Rosetta Stone Spanish which at $399 and was a big no-go, and seemed to again offer far less value than Rocket Spanish.
With RS at $99 I didn’t get the physical books or CDs I got with Living Language, but you do get PDFs, Mp3s, downloadable lessons, software and online interactive tools, which means I can play everything back on digital device and burn CDs and print out stuff if I need to.
You can get a physical product version of RS, but it works out more expensive, and I tend to transfer the lessons from my computer and put then on my Mp3 player for use when jogging anyway.
I can’t tell you I am fluent yet because I am still studying the course, and as we all know it takes years to master a language.
But I have gotten to grips with the basics very quickly, and I give credit to the program for that. Learning with Living Language was slow and I lost interest quickly because it felt too much like school I guess! Anyway here is a summary of the Rocket Spanish benefits.
Rocket Spanish Key Benefits
A comprehensive learning system featuring 31 lessons, over 700 audio clips, step-by-step explanations, cultural lessons, and access to an online teacher/community.
- iPhone, iPad, Android and Nook compatible.
- Progress tracking and certification through a motivation center
- Perfect for beginners but also accessible for those with a higher level of fluency.
- Enjoyable, engaging and comprehensive
- Home study and study on the go ready.
- Cool iPhone app available for interactive learning + 60 Day Money Back Guarantee.
If you have a big budget and you like the idea of physical books then you might opt for the Living Language Platinum. But for a tried and tested program that is heavily focused on practical application, colloquialisms and culture, Rocket Spanish is awesome value at $99.95.
The program never bores due to the multi-faceted learning approach, motivation through progress testing and certification, access to an online learners’ forum and qualified Spanish teachers.
I recently took my first holiday to Spain where I pleasingly managed to speak a little with locals.You can take a free trial by simply going to the site and waiting for the pop up to offer you free lessons.