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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and painless, 14 Mar. 2007
This review is from: RAPID GERMAN: 200+ essential words and phrases anchored into your long-term memory with great music. Vol. 1. EARWORMS mbt ( Musical Brain Trainer) (Audio CD)
This is a very good tool for learning a fairly broad collection of basic words and phrases in German. I've found it very easy to pick up a reasonable number of words and phrases and be able to stitch them together in different ways simply by listening to this CD while going to work or pottering around the house.

It takes the format of an English-speaking man and a German-speaking woman who repeat a number of phrases several times over a music track (I hesitate to call them "tunes"). Each of the 11 tracks includes a number of words and phrases an a broad topic, such as "Directions" or "Asking for Something." I don't know the science behind it, but I imagine the music is intended to help you relax and the repetition (which is more or less in time to the music) helps fix things in your brain. It's all done in a very gentle style - the music is pretty innocous and the tone of the speakers' voices is soothing and more or less conversational.

The only downside is the quality of the music. I guess that in order to make it relaxing and ensure its appeal to as wide a range of people as possible they've had to make the music as bland as possible. It's not quite as bad as lift muzak, but it does sound something like the soundtrack to a cheap holiday show. Music purists will probably find it unbearable, but the purpose of the CD is to help you learn German rather than break new musical ground, and it fulfils its purpose very well. I've certainly found it much more succesful than the majority of the book/ tape combination packs I've bought for other languages in the past.
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