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´╗┐FLP16: A 15-Year Vision for Effective Online Language Learning - Interview with Jason Oxenham, CEO of Rocket Languages

Bilingual engineer and francophile heads a popular language learning system

I was honored to be the first person to interview the Rocket Languages co-founder and CEO, Jason Oxenham. He is a bilingual francophile hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, and the engineering brainchild behind this highly-effective language learning system.

Jason manages a team of 30+ educators, linguists, course writers, researchers and Web/app developers based primarily in Christchurch, New Zealand, and also sprinkled across the globe.

As I write, Rocket Languages is available for the following 13 languages:

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Sign Language

Rocket also has products for both Japanese and Spanish speakers learning English.

The Lowdown: Proven methodology meets learning science and solid engineering

Rocket Languages is an old school player in online language learning, having emerged on the scene in 2004. (That's two years before Free Language launched!)

The methodology they've developed and the products they create - and constantly improve upon - are the result of a powerful fusion of learning science and solid engineering.

Over the past decade and a half, they've been honing and homing in on what works for language learners to achieve real success. They've done so by blending two oft-disputed "camps" in the language learning world: input and output.

Rocket Languages combines input and output to guarantee success

Camp Input maintains that it's most important to soak up a language right from the start. This means listening and reading first and foremost to get acquainted with the sounds and look of the language upfront.

Camp Output maintains that the key is to create output right off the bat. This means speaking and using the language at the beginning to develop necessary motor functions for pronunciation and create new neural pathways to strengthen memory.

The Rocket Languages method blends both input and output for language learners. But it doesn't stop there...

Community and culture are crucial aspects of this method

This unique method also adds two key elements into the learning mix that are crucial in anyone's endeavor to speak a new language: community and culture.

The Rocket Languages team examines a considerable corpus of realtime feedback from its vast community of language enthusiasts to develop tools that consistently produce positive results.

Words from CEO and co-founder Jason Oxenham about Rocket Languages

It is our vision to provide the most effective online language courses possible. For over 15 years, this vision has driven everything that we do here at Rocket Languages.

It drives us to constantly update and improve the Rocket Languages courses so that:

  • We use the latest and most successful language learning methods and research.
  • We utilize new technology to make your language learning fun and easy.
  • We act on feedback and suggestions from our members to improve Rocket Languages for everyone.

Celebrating 15 years of successful language education!

Rocket Languages is celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2019. Congratulations!

Available languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Sign Language plus English for Japanese speakers and English for Spanish speakers.


Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:59:13 +0000

Learn Basic Swedish Online or Offline with 100 Free Audio Lessons for Web, iOS + Android

50Languages Swedish (Web/Android/iOS) offers 100 free lessons that provide beginners with the basic vocabulary necessary to get ahead in Swedish. These lessons correspond with the European levels A1 and A2 and require no prior knowledge of grammar! The idea is to get you comfortable speaking short sentences in real-world situations.

Learn complete sentences in Swedish using the latest memory research

The 50Language's system helps you speak in complete sentences from the start and applies the latest memory research to be sure you acquire the language effectively. The system is designed to get you familiar with the Swedish language for life's most common situations.

100 free audio lessons with a native Swedish speaker

50Languages offers you one hundred totally free audio lessons to get the basics of Swedish down pat. The recordings are made by a native speaker so you can be sure to get the accent right and train your ear to hear the sounds correctly.

Combine audio with text to learn Swedish

Book2 in English for Swedish learners (US/UK/CA) is available for purchase to go along with the free audio lessons.

Learn the Swedish alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

Included among the many things you can learn with this system are the Swedish alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary broken down into forty-two topics.

Download 100 free Swedish MP3 audio lessons

Downloadable Swedish MP3 lessons are available for free from 50Languages here.

These lessons accompany the book but can be used alone as well as in combination with any of the other 49 languages offered.

Accompanying Swedish text available for purchase

An accompanying text, Book2 in English for Swedish learners (US/UK/CA), can be purchased to go along with the audio lessons in the app to enhance input. More info about this can be found right here.

Language goodness in 2000+ combinations!

The 50Languages app and the Book2 texts are not just for Swedish as you can combine any of the fifty available languages with any of the others, making a whopping total of over 2,000 language combinations. This is especially of interest to folks who want to learn other languages directly from their native language.

Happy Swedish learning!


Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 20:02:27 +0000

Innovative Spanish Learning Kit

Complete learning system with audio, video + mobile apps

Beginner to advanced levels alike can enjoy the Innovative Spanish kit.

Its broad resource material and modern learning tools give you an excellent online+mobile way to learn Spanish.

Learn Spanish quickly for travel + business

This fun method plus modern platform immerses you in the Spanish language, just what you need to achieve your goals for travel, business, family and other needs.

Self-testing + progress reports

Access ongoing self-assessment and progress tracking tools.

Here, now + on-the-go

Enjoy a web and mobile based whole.

Customize your own Spanish Learning Center anywhere.

Broadcast audio lessons

Download podcasts on your iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, iPod or any mp3 player and take them with you for practice and learning on the go.

Current memes + trends

A key aspect to learning a language is quality content. SpanishPod101 creates a steady flow of fresh content covering everything from cultural aspects of Spanish to tidbits about navigating in Spanish-speaking countries, plus practical information to help you get by.

Social environment

Study and share with other learners.

Cross-integration of method + material

Engage in a combination of apps, audio+video lessons and written material.

Big picture results

Quick checklists, episode transcripts and lesson PDFs let you appreciate the scope of your learning experience.

Vocabulary + verb training

Vocabulary training with flashcards and quizzes.

Spanish dictionary and verb reference.

Full-on grammar bank for those interested in the nitty gritty grammar goodies.

Try it for free!

It's simple to get a free lifetime account.


Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:45:37 +0000

Learn Basic Spanish Online or Offline with 100 Free Audio Lessons for Web, iOS + Android

50Languages Spanish (Web/Android/iOS) offers 100 free lessons that provide beginners with the basic vocabulary necessary to get ahead in Spanish. These lessons correspond with the European levels A1 and A2 and require no prior knowledge of grammar! The idea is to get you comfortable speaking short sentences in real-world situations.

Learn complete sentences in Spanish using the latest memory research

The 50Language's system helps you speak in complete sentences from the start and applies the latest memory research to be sure you acquire the language effectively. The system is designed to get you familiar with the Spanish language for life's most common situations.

100 free audio lessons with a native Spanish speaker

50Languages offers you one hundred totally free audio lessons to get the basics of Spanish down pat. The recordings are made by a native speaker so you can be sure to get the accent right and train your ear to hear the sounds correctly.

Combine audio with text to learn Spanish

Book2 in English for Spanish learners (US/UK/CA) is available for purchase to go along with the free audio lessons.

Learn the Spanish alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

Included among the many things you can learn with this system are the Spanish alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary broken down into forty-two topics.

Download 100 free Spanish MP3 audio lessons

Downloadable Spanish MP3 lessons are available for free from 50Languages here.

These lessons accompany the book but can be used alone as well as in combination with any of the other 49 languages offered.

Accompanying Spanish text available for purchase

An accompanying text, Book2 in English for Spanish learners (US/UK/CA), can be purchased to go along with the audio lessons in the app to enhance input. More info about this can be found right here.

Language goodness in 2000+ combinations!

The 50Languages app and the Book2 texts are not just for Spanish as you can combine any of the fifty available languages with any of the others, making a whopping total of over 2,000 language combinations. This is especially of interest to folks who want to learn other languages directly from their native language.

Happy Spanish learning!


Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:44:59 +0000

Learn Basic Slovene Online or Offline with 100 Free Audio Lessons for Web, iOS + Android

50Languages Slovene (Web/Android/iOS) offers 100 free lessons that provide beginners with the basic vocabulary necessary to get ahead in Slovene. These lessons correspond with the European levels A1 and A2 and require no prior knowledge of grammar! The idea is to get you comfortable speaking short sentences in real-world situations.

Learn complete sentences in Slovene using the latest memory research

The 50Language's system helps you speak in complete sentences from the start and applies the latest memory research to be sure you acquire the language effectively. The system is designed to get you familiar with the Slovene language for life's most common situations.

100 free audio lessons with a native Slovene speaker

50Languages offers you one hundred totally free audio lessons to get the basics of Slovene down pat. The recordings are made by a native speaker so you can be sure to get the accent right and train your ear to hear the sounds correctly.

Combine audio with text to learn Slovene

Book2 in English for Slovene learners (US/UK/CA) is available for purchase to go along with the free audio lessons.

Learn the Slovene alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

Included among the many things you can learn with this system are the Slovene alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary broken down into forty-two topics.

Download 100 free Slovene MP3 audio lessons

Downloadable Slovene MP3 lessons are available for free from 50Languages here.

These lessons accompany the book but can be used alone as well as in combination with any of the other 49 languages offered.

Accompanying Slovene text available for purchase

An accompanying text, Book2 in English for Slovene learners (US/UK/CA), can be purchased to go along with the audio lessons in the app to enhance input. More info about this can be found right here.

Language goodness in 2000+ combinations!

The 50Languages app and the Book2 texts are not just for Slovene as you can combine any of the fifty available languages with any of the others, making a whopping total of over 2,000 language combinations. This is especially of interest to folks who want to learn other languages directly from their native language.

Happy Slovene learning!


Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:31:07 +0000

Learn Basic Slovak Online or Offline with 100 Free Audio Lessons for Web, iOS + Android

50Languages Slovak (Web/Android/iOS) offers 100 free lessons that provide beginners with the basic vocabulary necessary to get ahead in Slovak. These lessons correspond with the European levels A1 and A2 and require no prior knowledge of grammar! The idea is to get you comfortable speaking short sentences in real-world situations.

Learn complete sentences in Slovak using the latest memory research

The 50Language's system helps you speak in complete sentences from the start and applies the latest memory research to be sure you acquire the language effectively. The system is designed to get you familiar with the Slovak language for life's most common situations.

100 free audio lessons with a native Slovak speaker

50Languages offers you one hundred totally free audio lessons to get the basics of Slovak down pat. The recordings are made by a native speaker so you can be sure to get the accent right and train your ear to hear the sounds correctly.

Combine audio with text to learn Slovak

Book2 in English for Slovak learners (US/UK/CA) is available for purchase to go along with the free audio lessons.

Learn the Slovak alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

Included among the many things you can learn with this system are the Slovak alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary broken down into forty-two topics.

Download 100 free Slovak MP3 audio lessons

Downloadable Slovak MP3 lessons are available for free from 50Languages here.

These lessons accompany the book but can be used alone as well as in combination with any of the other 49 languages offered.

Accompanying Slovak text available for purchase

An accompanying text, Book2 in English for Slovak learners (US/UK/CA), can be purchased to go along with the audio lessons in the app to enhance input. More info about this can be found right here.

Language goodness in 2000+ combinations!

The 50Languages app and the Book2 texts are not just for Slovak as you can combine any of the fifty available languages with any of the others, making a whopping total of over 2,000 language combinations. This is especially of interest to folks who want to learn other languages directly from their native language.

Happy Slovak learning!


Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 18:58:45 +0000

Learn Serbian in just 20 minutes a day with artificial intelligence (AI)

Serbian learning in a category of its own

Glossika is, to put it simply, unlike anything else that exists for learning Serbian.

How does Glossika Serbian work?

Based on an astounding amount of linguistic knowledge and data, Glossika Serbian helps you build muscle memory through exposure to the language's sound patterns.

By listening to and repeating the thousands of Serbian phrases included in the course, you will quickly become accustomed to the sounds and common patterns of the language.

In short, you'll build the necessary muscle memory to recall Serbian when you actually need to use it.

The result is a faster learning experience and much better retention of the Serbian you learn.

Learn common Serbian grammar patterns + remember them

Grammar patterns exist in Serbian and - once you are familiar with the most common patterns presented in the Glossika courses - you'll quickly become comfortable communicating in Serbian in a wide variety of situations.

Once these patterns are engrained in your memory, you will be able to replace verbs and nouns on the fly to create totally new sentences, allowing you to build on your existing base.

Not your everyday Serbian spaced repetition

A lot of spaced repetition systems are focused on the concept of an increasing interval - that the more you know something, the less often you need to review it.

Glossika Serbian does offer this style of traditional increasing interval spaced repetition. However, it takes it further by introducing decreasing intervals.

Decreasing intervals means covering Serbian material you are familiar with more and more during a period so you are certain that it will sink deep into your memory.

Sleep your way to fluency in Serbian?!

Chocked full of information after a long day (including the new Serbian tidbits you've learned), your brain has to get rid of lots of excess junk in order to make sense of what it has absorbed during the day.

By separating your Glossika Serbian practice sessions with sleep, you are actually building long-term potentiation (LTP) which turns into long-term memory. This learning and resting cycle ultimately leads to the acquisition of a long-term ability, that of speaking Serbian.

Learn Serbian in only twenty minutes a day?!

When you sit down to learn anything, studies have shown that there is a golden window in which you can stay focused and retain information which lasts about twenty minutes.

The Glossika Serbian system allows you to organize your learning sessions to cater to any amount of time you have on a given day.

If you're interested in learning Serbian steadily and have little extra time, you can do so in as little as twenty minutes per day by taking advantage of that golden learning window while it's wide open.

If you want to learn Serbian as fast as possible and have time to do so, you can listen freely as much as you have time for.

How much does Glossika Serbian cost?

Glossika is available for as little as $24/month and that includes all languages available, over fifty in total!

Considering the enormous amount of audio for 50+ languages you receive, this is an outstanding deal. I believe it's the best language learning deal anywhere online or off.

Compare this to what you'd pay for private lessons or group classes - which could easily cost thousands of dollars by the time you achieve what you'll learn with Glossika - and it's quickly apparent that having all this quality native language material at your disposal anytime is one of the best arrows you can have in your Serbian language learning quiver.

Podcast interview with Glossika's founder

I interviewed Michael Cambpell, CEO of Glossika, for the Free Language Podcast.

Have a listen here to get an inside view of Glossika from the founder himself!

Find out more about Glossika Serbian

GlossikaDiscover more about this unique Serbian language learning experience!


Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:43:51 +0000

Learn Basic Serbian Online or Offline with 100 Free Audio Lessons for Web, iOS + Android

50Languages Serbian (Web/Android/iOS) offers 100 free lessons that provide beginners with the basic vocabulary necessary to get ahead in Serbian. These lessons correspond with the European levels A1 and A2 and require no prior knowledge of grammar! The idea is to get you comfortable speaking short sentences in real-world situations.

Learn complete sentences in Serbian using the latest memory research

The 50Language's system helps you speak in complete sentences from the start and applies the latest memory research to be sure you acquire the language effectively. The system is designed to get you familiar with the Serbian language for life's most common situations.

100 free audio lessons with a native Serbian speaker

50Languages offers you one hundred totally free audio lessons to get the basics of Serbian down pat. The recordings are made by a native speaker so you can be sure to get the accent right and train your ear to hear the sounds correctly.

Combine audio with text to learn Serbian

Book2 in English for Serbian learners (US/UK/CA) is available for purchase to go along with the free audio lessons.

Learn the Serbian alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

Included among the many things you can learn with this system are the Serbian alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary broken down into forty-two topics.

Download 100 free Serbian MP3 audio lessons

Downloadable Serbian MP3 lessons are available for free from 50Languages here.

These lessons accompany the book but can be used alone as well as in combination with any of the other 49 languages offered.

Accompanying Serbian text available for purchase

An accompanying text, Book2 in English for Serbian learners (US/UK/CA), can be purchased to go along with the audio lessons in the app to enhance input. More info about this can be found right here.

Language goodness in 2000+ combinations!

The 50Languages app and the Book2 texts are not just for Serbian as you can combine any of the fifty available languages with any of the others, making a whopping total of over 2,000 language combinations. This is especially of interest to folks who want to learn other languages directly from their native language.

Happy Serbian learning!


Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:43:30 +0000

Innovative Russian Learning Kit

Complete Learning System with Audio, Video + Mobile Apps

Beginner to advanced levels alike can enjoy the Innovative Russian kit.

Its broad resource material and modern learning tools give you an excellent online+mobile way to learn Russian.

Learn Russian quickly for travel + business

This fun method plus modern platform immerses you in the Russian language, just what you need to achieve your goals for travel, business, family and other needs.

Self-testing + progress reports

Access ongoing self-assessment and progress tracking tools.

Here, now + on-the-go

Enjoy a web and mobile based whole.

Customize your own Russian Learning Center anywhere.

Broadcast audio lessons

Download podcasts on your iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, iPod or any mp3 player and take them with you for practice and learning on the go.

Current memes + trends

A key aspect to learning a language is quality content. RussianPod101 creates a steady flow of fresh content covering everything from cultural aspects of Russian to tidbits about navigating in Russian-speaking countries, plus practical information to help you get by.

Social environment

Study and share with other learners.

Cross-integration of method + material

Engage in a combination of apps, audio+video lessons and written material.

Big picture results

Quick checklists, episode transcripts and lesson PDFs let you appreciate the scope of your learning experience.

Vocabulary + verb training

Vocabulary training with flashcards and quizzes.

Russian dictionary and verb reference.

Full-on grammar bank for those interested in the nitty gritty grammar goodies.

Try it for free!

It's simple to get a free lifetime account.


Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:29:04 +0000