Earworms mbt© is a revolutionary accelerated learning technique that takes the hard work out of learning.
By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Spanish 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 Spanish is the course for you.
Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. Volume 2 will have you talking about yourself, past, present, and future, expressing your opinions, chatting, and flirting (who knows?).
This audiobook also comes with a free booklet to accompany the course which you can download by clicking on this link. Free booklet
You will feel you are learning within minutes and might just be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be!
Finished with Rapid Spanish? Move on to Rapid Spanish: Volume 2.
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I listened to this in the car on my way to and from work. I learned how to ask for a table for two well over a week ago, and I'm still remembering it! This is quite impressive!
The CD will need a few more listens until it all sticks in my head this well, but based on the amount of information that I've retained just from a single run-through, I am highly impressed with this title. I may try others in the series!
Frantically trying to keep up with my 6 year old son and his Spanish learnt after primary school each Tuesday. This is the most soothing audio language tutor I have come across. Oh that it was available when I sat my O-level Latin many years ago. The paced repetition of words and phrases linked to the music background makes the language stick. I shall buy 'Rapid Spanish: Volume 2' soon.
I am hooked. I downloaded volume 1 and 2 of Italian, French & Spanish in order to brush up languages I had previously learned to varying degrees. I am already wondering what language to attack next! I travel a lot with work and have the audiobooks on as I'm driving around and am already memorising words and phrases that I'd either forgotten or never knew. I don't feel that I need a book, although I have downloaded the accompanying pdf files for reference. Almost everything I can pick up straight from the recording - just as language is acquired naturally by children - listening and repeating.
This was so easy to listen to, moving forward at just the right pace. My children loved it, I loved it the waiters in Spain loved the results!
So far I have learnt more from my French ones than my Spanish ones and I have been to Spain more times than France but I learnt French at school.
It really helps to have the schoolkid knowledge and to work up from that. I will leave my spanish learning here and revisit this book.
I didn't feel the need to go on to the second book just yet.
Buy if you are about to go Spain and have no or very little knowledge of Spanish and like the idea of music and learning in a sort of slightly hypnotic way.
What a great idea - it is quite soothing listening to the dialog between the English and Spanish presenter with the music in the background. You will learn how to ask for things in a resturant, out on the street, how to count and tell the time and how to ask for various other items whilst shopping, at the doctor etc. Essential for holidays and fun to listen to.
I am really glad I listened to the other reviewers and bought this.
I really enjoyed this audio, I found it a joy to listen to, especially when in the car,and they really do work, I took in more information from these than at my spanish course.
Makes learning fun and enjoyable. Particularly useful on a dog walk - though I do get some strange looks from the dog when repeating the Spanish! Have already bought Vol 2 and am waiting for Vol 3 to come out. Just get it and you'll get hooked. Also consider the Michel Thomas series which is heavier and slower, but a good companion to this.
"Not for the beginner"
I purchased this audio lesson set (volume 1 & 2) based on its description. Having had some Spanish classes in my past, this should have been relatively easy for me to pick up. I burned it to CD to use in my car in order to have an easy method to rewind/replay. No matter how I adjusted my car stereo, I found many of the words to be indistinguishable. On top of that, I found the accompanying music only added to the work of trying to understand the pronunciation of words. The music was almost at the same volume as the speaker. I tried the CD on my PC and then tried streaming it on my PC - both with similar dissatisfaction. I then gave the lesson a try on my MP3 player, which plays any other audiobook and music without the slightest problem. Nope. So, I gave up and purchased "Learning Spanish Like Crazy" (also offered by Audible). Seems a little better so far but I'm only as far as the first few lessons....
This is an intereting way to learn spanish. Somehow they manage to use background music to augment their language lesson. You don't speak to the beat or anything like that, but the music takes the boredome out of repeating words and phrases. It is a clever learning tool.
However, the phrases they teach are not all that great - early phrases involve learning how to order wine for instance. There doesn't seem to be any obvious reason for teaching you the phrases they do.
I've had some Spanish classes years ago and found this a good way to review and get back into the language. However, if you've never spoken spanish before, there are probably better programs.
I need to mention first that the female speaker doesn't have a lisp as was remarked in another review - that's the correct pronunciation of the language in many parts of Spain, where the soft "c" sounds are pronounced as "th". This is one of several ways that the Spanish of Spain differs from the Spanish in Latin America and most of the U.S.
Nonetheless, I was disappointed by Rapid Spanish. The CD didn't offer grammar information (as "Spanish with Michel Thomas") or repetition (as in the Pimsleur series) or silly, memorable bits, as in the Berlitz/Beckman Rush-Hour Spanish. I didn't find myself retaining much from this CD, and I doubt I'll order any subsequent "part 2" editions.
It is OK to learn a little bit of Spanish to visit Spain. The accent is Castillian which for someone like me in California is not what I would wish for. Not good if you want to actually learn a lot of Spanish but it is OK so you know how to order some food or take a taxi or other tourist stuff.
"An interesting approach"
I have to admit that at first I was skeptical about this book once I started to listen to it. The background music and lyrical approach of the presentation of the language is completely new to me. I see this book as one more tool in my quest to learn some Spanish. It's not going to appeal to everyone, to be sure, but I'm not disappointed that I bought it.
I think that the more ways a person can expose themselves to language the better able they are to retain and understand the vocabulary and grammar.
Not sure about getting it? When you realise that taking a couple friends out for a chai latte can cost more than this book, I'd say you get full value for the money!
"Spain, not Mexico"
I know a teeny bit of Spanish. But it's Mexican Spanish. I bought this audio book expecting to learn more. Instead, I get Spain Spanish lessons, which is quite different. Useless for Americans unless you're going to Spain.
The easy background music, clarity of what is being said, along with explainations you can understand, makes you want to pay attention and learn the language. I'd give this 10 stars if I was able to. This is the most pleasant Spanish language tape I've heard in ages. I hope Audible gets every volume, because I'm ready buy them.
"A good supplement for Castilian Spanish learners"
I like the concept of Rapid Languages, but it needs to be done with another, more effective language program in mind. Pimsluers, Learning Spanish Like Crazy, or Micheal Thomas would be good options. The Spanish version is much like all of the other versions, they mix up patterns (or blocks of sentences) to music to help you remember. Unfortunately, Earworms didn't try to incorporate each section as a building block, one built onto another for more effective learning. They also use the same music for each language. So if you have listened to the others, you'll get mentally stuck because your mind is bringing up something from another language. Another thing the Earworms team failed to realize is that there's a noticeable difference between Castillian Spanish of Spain and Latin American Spanish. I live in South Texas, so the woman sounds like she has a speech impediment whenever she pronounces spanish words with a C. EX: Cinco sounds like (th-en-ko) in Castillian. Here it's pronounced as (s-en-ko). It would be great if the Earworms team created a Latin American version, so learners on this side of the pond won't be so screwed-up accent-wise. Another thing I notice is that this series seems to be directed towards travelers or vacationers. Listening to this in the background as prescribe will not help you learn the language. You have to participate with that speaker in order to absorb what you're trying to learn.
Like I said, Rapid Languages is a great concept and has help many, but this is nothing more than an over-glorified supplement to other, more thorough programs.
"Best of the Bunch!!"
I love the "Rapid" approach to language learning. Their sexy voices, music in the background, fast but manageable pace, perfect timing for allowing you to repeat the phrases, plus several quick repetitions of new words enhances the learning process. I have a huge collection of quick language courses since I travel a lot. The "Rapid" series are by far my favorites, though I do wish they had more than just two volumes for each language. But each volume lasts a long time, you get a LOT for the money and the approach is FUN--it doesn't feel like a "lesson." These stick in one's mind better. Of the five different types of lessons I've tried, including the highly-regarded but rather stuffy Pimsleur (my second choice), these are the best of the bunch.
"Good, an American version would be nicer"
I'm enjoying this very much. I think the method is sound, and I'm learning.
There are a couple of issues specific for American listeners. The Spanish is pronounced in a way that is uncommon in the Americas. To those of us accustomed to hearing Spanish spoken by Central/South Americans, it sounds affected.
Even the English part can be a challenge. One of the "memory hooks" - for dos (two) was "it sounds like doss, to sleep". This had me totally confused and I looked it up. Apparently it's a British word.
Regardless, I think this is well worth the cost.
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