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Do you need basic Hindi and proper etiquette for business reasons?
Maybe you have a Hindi-speaking partner, family or friends and want to talk with them (or email them) in Hindi?
Are you fan of Bollywood films, Indian TV shows, Indian music and culture and want to start to learn the Hindi language?
Whatever your reasons are you can learn to speak Hindi online fast using a variety of great websites and tools. I particularly like the program called Rocket Hindi. In this Rocket Hindi Review I’ll cover the areas I think are good about Rocket Hindi, the areas that could be improved, and whether or not you can actually learn to speak hindi online from their program. But let me address what might be your first question!
First: Will Rocket Hindi Really Help You Learn to Speak Hindi Fast?
That’s probably your biggest question: does it really work?
Well, I already know Hindi but I had to know the answer to this question too. So I had one of my old college roommates listen to the first audio track. Dave is a full-blooded English-speaking American. He knew a couple of words from what I had taught him during college, but we had never carried on conversations in Hindi.
I had Dave listen to the first audio track of Rocket Hindi and try it out. I gave him as much time as he felt he needed. He came back to me within 30 minutes, and we carried on a simple conversation in the language. I was pretty excited that he did that in 30 minutes, and his pronunciations were really good.
So, YES! Rocket Hindi really does work as promised.
Now, let’s address more of the specifics.
Rocket Hindi Review: What’s Good?
There are a lot of good things about Rocket Hindi. I think these three things are the most useful parts:
1. The amount and depth of the material.
Rocket Hindi comes with over 13 hours of audio lessons. You’ll find appropriate language instruction for just about every situation you might encounter if you were in India. There’s the basics of how to introduce yourself, how to order meals in an Indian restaurant, and how to get around on buses, trains, planes and other public transportation. There is also lots of ‘advanced’ training for situations like if your were going skiing and someone got injured. There are 31 different audio tracks, and they average about 20 minutes long.
2. They Make it Fun to Learn to Speak Hindi
In the Rocket Hindi Premium learning program, there are some excellent games that help you learn the language faster, both in speaking it and reading it. For example, they have one software game that helps you build your vocabulary through pictures. They show you a picture, like a ‘lamp’, and you have to pick the correct word in Hindi. You can challenge yourself by turning off the English version so you only see Hindi. There is also another software game that quizzes you on your ability to understand spoken Hindi. I found both games to be more than adequate for starting to speak Hindi fast.
3. You Learn About Indian Culture, too.
I like how the program teaches you about Indian culture. For example, you learn the differences between formal and informal greetings, how to address men of a certain stature, and the correct way to honor women in the culture. There’s also a great training audio on dating conversations … what’s appropriate and not appropriate to say to your date.
The Negative Side of Rocket Hindi
Of course, no Rocket Hindi Review is complete without covering the “negative” side of the program. First, realize that this training program will never be a substitute for sitting down face to face with a native of India and being personally tutored in the language. So, don’t expect that.
The program is really great at getting you to repeat phrases out loud that you hear first in Hindi. The voices on the program (Nikita and Rohan) do a really good job of speaking clearly enough to be understood, and I think for most people the act of hearing the phrase and saying the phrase afterwards works really well.
Personally, I would have liked to have a way to record what I say in Hindi and to have that evaluated by some type of voice recognition software. That would have been really good. I asked my old roommate, Dave, for his opinion on this and he didn’t think it was necessary. He thought it would have been an added bonus to be able to do that, but he felt he was able to do fine without it. (Of course, it would also add to the price of the program!)
As part of the purchase price, you do get unlimited access to a “Hindi Learner’s Forum” . I’m confident that if you simply find a native of India to talk with while you’re going through the training, that person can help you learn correct pronunciations if you’re off the mark in any way.
Rocket Hindi Review: My Final Evaluation of Rocket Hindi
To close out this Rocket Hindi Review, overall, I think Rocket Hindi is a great program for anyone to use to learn to speak Hindi fast. I had my friend Dave listen to a couple of the other recordings and we are having a great time talking back and forth in Hindi. He was conversing with me on a basic level within an hour, and we were having real conversations within a couple of days. Recently we sat down to watch a Bollywood film, and Dave said he really enjoyed being able to understand what was being said between the characters.
I like the training you get in Rocket Hindi. You learn by hearing a phrase and then repeating the phrase. That works pretty well. You hear a lot of great real-life situations in a conversational form. You learn about Indian culture, and you’ll get reinforcement through fun exercises in grammar and vocabulary.
Best of all, is the price. Rocket Hindi is more cost effective than other language training programs (like Rosetta Stone), and you actually get more value in return. I like that you can choose between ordering the program as physical CD’s (there are 20 of them), or as downloadable audio files. If you want to learn in your car, you might find the CD option to be the best. If you’re more comfortable with an MP3 player or want to burn CD’s as you need them, you might prefer to download the files and save a couple hundred dollars. The choice is yours.
We hope you found this Rocket Hindi Review helpful in making a decision about getting the program.