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Earworms Rapid Italian Vol. 1: 200+ Essential Words and Phrases Anchored into Your Long Term Memory with Great Music (Musical Brain Trainer) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Book Description

15 July 2005
earworms mbt© Rapid Languages is the first language trainer to get your toe tapping. You pick up a language simply by listening to catchy and relaxing songs!

Volume 1. is your survival kit of immediately useful words and phrases for your visit abroad, listen a few times to be able to ask for a table in a restaurant, order food and drink, take a taxi, rent a car, buy tickets, deal with money, numbers, times and days, ask for directions, deal with typical problems, hold a simple conversation and more.

Simply by listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions a few times, the sound patterns are indelibly burned into your auditory cortex.
You will have successfully learned the phrases and have the correct accent ringing in your ears. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing: In the car, while jogging, in the bath, doing the ironing...you can be learning a language at the same time!

Experience something ‘a little different'...after just a few listenings, foreign words will be popping out of your memory...when you least expect them!


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  • Audio CD: 20 pages
  • Publisher: earworms Learning (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905443005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905443000
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There has been a lot of talk in recent years about improving the way we learn languages and the way we learn in general, to make it better suit the way our brains operate. Learning in rhythm, using repetition to anchor information, learning complete meaningful chunks of language instead of single words, using music to put the learner in the optimal state of conciousness for learning (relaxed but receptive), these are some of the strategies of accelerated learning.
Now, for the first time all of these approaches have been unified into one powerful learning package which make acquiring a language easy, effective and enjoyable.

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Most people don't like to spend hours on end pondering over language textbooks, but they do like to listen to music. I realised quite early on that music is the ideal medium for teaching ,especially languages. My students really love to work with this sytem. They often memorise 100% of the material and it stays in their long-term memory ready for instant recall. We all have this ability. I am sure you too remember song lyrics from way back, even though you don't particularly want to...Voulez-vous coucher.... see what I mean!
This system of learning is easy, effective, fun and motivating through the real rapid progress you make.

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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earworms Italian 21 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Even knowing how to say "hello" and "thank you" makes life more pleasant when travelling abroad - and the locals appreciate it. But is it really possible to learn a language the easy way? I've tried several teach yourself Italian audios and have always ground to a halt because they were too fast or too boring. Earworms gives you the Italian you are likely to need on holiday (with the tiniest hint of shoe fetishism thrown in) The slow pace and frequent repetitions allow you to really HEAR individual words and pronounce them correctly. The vocabulary does seep in, as promised. You suddenly realise that you can hire a car or ask for sticking plasters (which you'll need after buying all those shoes) without quite realising it is happening. It would also be useful for schoolkids and students taking Italian as an accent improver. I shall definitely get the second CD when it comes out.
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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Italian for Beginners 5 Feb 2006
By susan
Format:Audio CD
I have now tried five different beginner courses for Italian and this is the best of them. The voices are charming and very natural. The pace is not fast and the pronunciation is wonderful. I would like more in this series but where are they?
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, fun way to learn a language! 27 Nov 2005
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
At last, a language course that I can use any time, I have been trying to learn Italian with books for years (struggling)...I have downloaded to my MP3...the music really helps you to relax and enjoy it. I wake up now with Italian words in my head...it really is a cool product, the best yet - can't wait for volume 2.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Benissimo 19 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
The claim of this CD to anchor 200+ words of vocab in your head is amazingly accurate. It didn't take much effort or a lot of time before I was easily speaking all of the language on this disc.

Ok, it's a bit cheesy but get over it, it works!

It's not an Italian course in itself. Perfect for those going on holidays who need basic words and phrases but nothing more. For those beginning to learn Italian, I've found this complements other courses and aids pronounciation.

Will most definately be buying vol. 2
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for a holiday as this works 7 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
With a holiday to Italy coming up, preceded by several long car journeys, I bought three language CDs to listen to in the car: Earworms, Learn in Your Car Complete Language Course and BBC Quickstart and I'd rate them them in that order. They're all easy to listen to in the car, although I think they are actually better suited to short journeys than long ones.

Earworms was easily my favourite of the three. You absorb - I don't want to say learn, because it doesn't involve any effort - the phrases as the CD plays. When on holiday, it all came flooding back just like magic - my companion kept exclaiming at how good my Italian was. Yes, the range of phrases is limited and I was scuppered once anyone ventured beyond the obvious holiday areas of buying clothes, ordering in restaurants, getting directions/travelling etc, but within those areas I confidently spoke and not only did people understand me, but I understood what people were saying to me.

On the CD the man says the word in English, the woman gives the Italian translation. There isn't a space for you to repeat the words as such, but because they follow the rhythms of the music you find yourself joining in. They've both got very attractive voices, and interact with each other - there's no attempt though at the painful role playing of the BBC CD. I listened to the CD three times through before going on holiday, which was enough for most of it to stick, and it was never a chore to listen.

Very occasionally I didn't catch the Italian and had to check in the booklet. Very helpfully that has the English, the Italian translation and a phonetic version of the Italian so you can see exactly what should be said. Overall, if you want to learn Italian properly, you need something more comprehensive, but for a holiday this is perfect.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent methods - slowish progress 26 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Earworms is the first language course that has made me stick at Italian! It's harmonies with repetitive words/sentence formula works very well indeed. After a few weeks, I was able to cover all all the 10 modules and progress to 'Volume 2'- which is more of the same however, a little more advanced (Bought the latter direct from the author's website). The way you learn key phrases and words really does help grasp both translation and how you actually say it. One small point (ref 4 stars)..although this method appears to be amazing, I don't actually feel as though I've got far enough....eg. made enough progress. It's as though there needs to be more content to the cd, whether changing to a double cd set or increasing the amount of modules/difficulty on one cd. Both vol 1 and 2 contain over an hour of recordings however,now that I'm proficient in both, I feel I should be further along my road...Small note about volume 2 - It feels a little more 'rushed' than vol 1. When downloading to Ipod - there are no titles or subjects and the recording sounds less clear than vol 1, not hugely noticeable but a little. All in all though excellent tutorial,I just hope I don't have to get to vol 33 (at 10-15 a time)to get to conversational stage - because I'll be broke!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
We're hoping to move to Italy in the next year and I've bought several language courses, including Michel Thomas, Rosetta Stone and DK's 15 Minute Italian. My husband has real difficulty with them, never having studied any languages. Until I got volume 1 of Earworms his only attempt at Italian was 'il conto, per favore'. I was getting worried, thinking all the Italian was going to be down to me - and I've still got plenty to learn. However he has made real progress with Earworms - and I have found it invaluable too for the pronunciation and repetition, which has increased my confidence in speaking considerably. We're eagerly awaiting volume 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works
I have been trying to learn Italian for a while, but getting nowhere. I have been listening to this while I've been doing some decorating and now I wake up in the morning with... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Grace Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to learn
I am in my third term at college evening class, I thought this might help me, I am surrounded by books and disks but , have not the courage to speak out loud. This book may help
Published 25 days ago by Mil
5.0 out of 5 stars holiday
brilliant /listened to it in the car and earwormed me entirely coulnd't wait to go on italian break where tested training it was fab thank you
Published 25 days ago by JO
3.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, but limited vocabulary
The catchy music method is an enjoyable way to learn some vocabulary on the go. You might learn all 200 words but don't expect a one hour CD to teach you anything but the most... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trevinho
5.0 out of 5 stars How Easy
I'm amazed, I've struggled to learn languages, but I was speaking Italian after 10 minutes with this CD and booklet.
Published 1 month ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars easy learning
The cd is clear,easy listening. I do not speak any Italian so wanted to grasp some knowledge before my holiday.
The repetition of playing the cd lodged words in my mind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miss m
5.0 out of 5 stars earworms
this product has not reached the person it is intended for ,so I can not rate it yet ,but when I get feed back from him I will let you know
Published 3 months ago by Mr. H. Mackay
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a great way to drive to work and learn italian. A great cd to use would definitely recommend it to friends
Published 4 months ago by Farahct
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it works but you are not going to get a language only with this , is something to help you but you have to study
Published 4 months ago by Pablo Laponniatoska
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Italien
I have been listening to this CD on and off in my car for months now to help me get started learning Italien. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roseberry
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