However, with the number of programs on the market today that have different approaches, features, and tools, it is easy to get confused.
To help you out a bit, here is a review and comparison of two of the more widely used programs. Notably, Transparent Italian and Rocket Italian. So without further a do, here is Transparent Italian Complete Edition VS Rocket Italian – which program should you choose?
The people behind Rocket Italian believe that the best way to learn a language is through the interactive conversational approach, aka, the natural approach. This method is based on how people all around the world have learned their mother tongue way back when they were young. Children learn to understand, listen, and speak before they learn how to read and write. So at the very first lesson, you will already take part in an Italian conversation.
Transparent Italian Complete Edition, however, takes a rather different approach. The creators and developers believe that it is very important to use all of your skills, from speaking to listening to reading and writing, in order to achieve your goal of speaking the Italian language fluently. So the method behind this program is highly modular and is filled with tons of features that focus on developing different skills.
The Learning Tools and Features
With Rocket Italian, you will have your very own personal tutor/guide, Maria Di Lorenzi to take you through all of these neat features and help you out along the way.
Rocket Italian offers you 29 interactive audio lessons that are 28 minutes each in length. In total, that is around 13 hours altogether. Over these classes you will have real life modern Italian conversations that have a casual tone to them so that you will actually be able to use what learn on the streets of Italy. You can even customize these classes so that you learn what you want when you want. Aside from that, all are fully downloadable so that you can learn wherever you want whenever you want by using your iPod, pocket pc, or MP3 player. Not to mention that the full transcripts of the classes are also provided to help you out even more.
MegaItalian is designed to add a little fun to your daily study schedule. Here you will have three games that are supposed to reinforce what you have already learned and even build up on it.
MegaVocab is for your Italian vocabulary.
MegaAudio is for your Italian listening, pronunciation, and intonation.
MegaVerbs is for your Italian verbs and verb forms such as tenses.
Through the Rocket Italian Learning Lounge you will have access to fully illustrated Italian language lessons that will further explain certain things such as grammar, as well as Italian history and culture classes. All are fully embedded with audio clips and are complete with detailed notes.
With Rocket Record, you will be able to record your voice and compare to that of over 1000 phrases spoken by a native Italian speaker. They claim that this will do wonders for your Italian pronunciation as well as your Italian intonation.
Transparent Italian Complete Edition
With Transparent Italian Complete Edition, you begin the learning process with their acclaimed Byki. Here you will have access to neat tools that are all designed make Italian easy for you. One of the most important feature is the flashcards that is supposed to build up your vocabulary in no time. Aside from that, you will also have access to other games and quizzes, all which will be recorded in order for you to keep track of your progress. Heck, you will also be able to record your voice so that you can compare it to a true blue Italian’s.
The Lexicon Translation Dictionary will give you access to over 65,000 Italian words that you will probably come across here and there. This is yet another feature that is designed to help you build up you vocabulary base.
Unlike Rocket Italian, this program will focuses not only on your verbal skills but also you written Italian through the use of Italian texts, stories, and videos.
One feature that is unique to Transparent Italian is LinguMatch Italian. This gives you full access to 30 virtual reality scenarios that you actually take part in. It is kind of like an RPG of sorts where you can ask questions and answer them as well. You can click on other characters to start a conversation or simply click on objects to learn how they are called in Italian.
What You will learn
With Rocket Italian, you will have Conversation practice, grammar, and listening comprehension.
Transparent Italian Complete Edition covers all of that- Conversation practice, grammar, and listening comprehension, and more as you will also focus on reading and writing.
To Sum Up
Basically, if you only want to focus on conversational Italian, then Rocket Italian is perfect for you, but if you want to go the whole nine yards, then Transparent Italian Complete Edition would be a better choice.