By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of German and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.
If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, earworms mbt© Rapid German is the course for you.
Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad.
You will feel you are learning within minutes and might just be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be!
© & (P)2005 earworms mbt
I never did German at school, but I intend to live out there eventually, so needed to learn the language from scratch. I feel so fortunate to have found this, as it does everything it promises to do. It has really tuned my ear in to the language, and by playing it in the background as I do household chores or whilst driving, with vrtually no effort, I have begun to understand and say some very useful sentences and phrases. My German speaking friends have commented that my pronunciation is very authentic, too. A real find! I can't wait for Volume 2.
I started learning German with this audiobook and after just a few days I've picked up enough of the language to have a passable chat with friends. Great for learning on the commute to work - just put it on and listen. My only criticism is of Amazon/Audible - the DRM means that I can't put this onto my phone to listen :(
Some useful phrases and the ability to here the same phrase repeated several times is invaluable. I’ve actually got vol.2 of this as well, and the pronunciation on that is clearer than on parts of volume 1. Given that “ihn”, “ihm” and “ihnen” mean different things, it’s vital that the ends of words are enunciated clearly.
I find the previous poster Winfried's assessment most amusing and so typically German.
If a German is speaking to me and says "your name is?", I simply, politely, reply "Andrew".
Winfired would no doubt say "No, it's what is your name!!!"
Why do Germans get so hung up on things like pronunciation yet the British are happy to just accept that our visitors are making an effort and we answer accordingly. This is exactly why so many British simply don't bother, and Germans have us down as rude.
This is a great audiobook. So you're not going to end up speaking exactly how Winfried wishes you to, but you know what, you'lll get by and be appreciated, by most.
So Wilfried, whilst I am dishing out advice - try watching this, and see how you fools make us feel, despite us making an effort - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbobnfaBhcg
Casual listener of non-fiction
Effective to quickly learn certain words and phrases with little effort. However, it is odd to listen to and it can feel abit hollow using a credit (or worse £10-£12) for just over 1 hours worth of german and a bit of music. Having said that worth every penny by how quickly i have learnt several phrases and words from a couple of repreats. 5 stars if it was longer.
Like any of the language courses, you get out what you put in. This course uses a music background with a native and English speaker going over German phrases and words. The course tends to provide a sentence, in English, and then in German and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. The course is similar to the other earworms courses, and if you liked one of the others I imagine you'll ; like this one.
It's not a bad idea, although the tunes are not that great, I find that I can recall some of the sentences. A good supplement for learning, or for a quick fix before heading on holiday but it is not a good standalone course.
Have tried several CD language systems to varying degrees of success but this is the best i have every used. Whilst it will not turn you into a fluent German speaker, it does give the confidence to use the language when with Germanic speakers.
I have to admit that I am pleasantly suprised as to how much I am actually enjoying Vol 1. I downloaded it to my Sony Ericsson phone and found the sound quality to be crystal clear. This is the first German course that I have continued with plus it makes my journey to and from work fly by. I will definately be purchasing Vol 2.
I listened to this, plus Vol. 2, before a short trip to Austria, and found it very effective. I have 'O' level German from hundreds of years ago, but have forgotten most of it. This was a useful reminder of vocabulary and essential sentence structure.
"Instructionally pretty solid"
As someone who teaches graduate students how to create well-designed instructional materials, and who has had to learn 2 foreign languages over 20 years (no, high school French and Spanish don't count) I always approach language "tapes" with a bit of trepidation. However, I found this audio lesson reasonably well constructed. For the most part, I found the music engaging and it helped maintain my interest in the lessons. The only drawback I experienced was that on 3 or 4 occasions, the music made it difficult for my ear to pick out the exact consonants used in a few words. A quick flip to my old German texts resolved the issue but some may not have that option. In any case, I believe this is a worthwhile introduction (or review) but having a reference nearby would be handy.
"Wow, I am impressed!"
I have just gotten back from Germany and I have to testify - this program was a Godsend! I could talk to everyone and they not only understood me, they remarked that my German was very good! I was blown away not only by how easily and effortlessly the recorded phrases came back to me, but how I was able to integrate the phrases with the limited vocabulary and grammar that I already possessed. I have tried MANY language programs in the past and never have I found one this effective - AND it's enjoyable to use, too. I believe this program mimics certain aspects of how we naturally learn our mother tongues - by hearing others repeat the same words and phrases over and over, then by repeating them ourselves. I can't wait for volume 2 and strongly recommend this program to anyone wondering which one to purchase.
"Learn German to music? Definately less tedious!"
Someone has finally realized that listening to language tapes can give you a real migraine. In this program you are still learning, listening to and repeating most of the basic "Where's the Bathroom" type phrases. But they've set the program up with accompanying music and speakers with much more appealing voices. Most language programs feature voices as appealing as an emergency broadcast system siren.
I know some folks out there may find the music annoying and the material too basic. But I listen to a LOT of language programs and really like what they've done with this program. When I have to do a quick brush up on my German, this will definately be the program I'll grab. I eagerly await Volumne 2 and beyond.
"Great intro to phrases"
This book was easy to follow, easy to remember, and gave me a good deal of phrases that I can build upon as I learn more words. For me, that is important. Learning a word leaves my mind, but learning how to ask "Where is ..?", "I'd like ....", etc., gave me the basis to move forward with confidence. I will definitely be reviewing it again. However, I'm surprised of how much I remember after my first excursion through the course. The music makes me remember it better, and the pronounciation was clear. I ordered several intro books, and this is my favorite. It is also the first I listened to (and the one I got the most out of).
"This really works!"
Amazing! Three days with the Earworms lessons, and I'm starting to remember stuff I learned in college! The music in the background, the rhythmic cadences of speech, and the conversation between the male and female voices hold my attention and I am retaining the lessons. My daughter is experiencing the same thing. The free booklet helps with some of the more difficult words. I like the way they dive right into the practical stuff, like how to order a cup of coffee, or ask directions. We love this audiobook!
It's easy listening. Make sure to read the booklet and get the spelling, that helped me with remembering the words.
"The Best I've Found"
This format works! The speakers introduce the language in clear, managable bites, each new addition building on the last. There is also a light jazz background that seems to help with both focus and cadence. It's far easier to learn, master, and remember the phrases than with other, similar products that I've tried.
I do a fair amount of business travel, and have found that being able to speak at least a few phrases in the local language goes a long way in terms of goodwill and cooperation. I've tried several other language programs, and the "Rapid" series is, for me at least, by far the most effective.
Now, if they'll just release Thai, Korean, Hungarian and Arabic versions...
You only learn simple phrases but it is a good and entertaining way to bursh up on basic German.
"A great way to learn!"
What a fantastic way to learn some basic German. The English and German speakers' voices speak in cadence with background jazz tunes that keep the learning fun and well paced. The phrases have mix-n-match appeal, so I've been able to extend my learning beyond what was explicitly taught.
Having listened to other samples with silence in the background, I can't say enough about the value of the musical background to help pass the time while working through the exercises.
The downloadable pdf document is nearly 100% matched to the dialog.
I am SO looking forward to Rapid German 2 and 3, which I hope will be available soon.
"Great tool for beginners"
This is a great tool for beginners. I consider myself an intermediate speaker, but even I learned a thing or two from this just because I don't have an opportunity to practice with native speakers.
The music is nice and the language tracks are memorable without being too repetitive. All in all, I'm happy to have this, but I eagerly await levels 3, 4, and 5. I also plan to use Earworms when it comes time to improve my weaker languages, like French. Thanks for a great product.
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