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Language Dreamer

Language Dreamer United States

I only review language programs that are easy, fast, effective, portable, inexpensive & teach you to really speak and understand languages.

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  • "Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don't W..."

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    Power Italian 1 Accelerated – Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don’t Worry About It.

    I am so impressed with myself (and, oh yeah, with the Power Italian Accelerated audio program, too) that I feel compelled to write a review. I like stuff that works and this Power Italian Accelerated audio program really works. The material may seem a little overwhelming at first because there are a whole lot of words and phrases that are thrown at you right off the bat. But there’s a reason for that.

    The narrator uses what he calls ‘audio snapshots’ to introduce new material. These are sections where the listener is instructed to simply listen without repeating. The first audio snapshot comes right after the program begins and lasts for several minutes. My first reaction was that this is way too much material and I’m never going to remember all of it. And that’s true. I didn’t remember hardly any of it at first. But I kept listening. It wasn’t until I was a couple of hours into the program that I realized that remembering all of it is not the point; at least not in the beginning. I, and probably most people, have always assumed that learning a new language was about memorizing words and sentences. And it is. But what I have come to realize, my own personal epiphany, is that listening is just as important and I think even more important than intentionally memorizing. I’m not saying that you don’t have to remember anything; of course you do. But one of the keys to remembering is just simply listening. You have to ‘tune in’ to a language, that is, to the peculiar sounds of a language, in order to be able to speak it and to understand it.

    The relatively short time that I have spent listening to Power Italian has given me a new perspective on learning languages and I have some advice that I’d like to pass along: Just do what the program narrator says to do and just keep listening and repeating. The words and phrases get easier and easier to remember as you go along and the correct pronunciation gets easier and easier the more you repeat the words and phrases. If you just follow along and don’t worry about what you know and what you don’t know you’ll soon be surprised at what you know - and equally surprised that you came to know it without a lot of mental or emotional sweating. Power Italian really works for me. No worries!

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    Power Italian I Accelerated - 8 One Hour Audio Lessons - 144 Study Units: English and Italian Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Expert language teacher Mark Frobose talks you through the program in English while a trained native Italian speaker teaches you to speak Italian the way it is really spoken. This highly acclaimed method is so easy and so fast that you'll be speaking Italian within minutes of receiving your program and enjoying the process!

    Language Dreamer says: "Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don't Worry About It"
  • "A Few Lessons and I'm Speaking to C..."

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    Bite-Sized Mandarin Chinese takes a very difficult tonal language and totally demystifies the learning of it. Makes learning to speak Mandarin Chinese surprisingly simple. Extremely engaging native Mandarin speaker and a knowledgeable American instructor put me at ease and talked me through a very difficult language and made it simple. “Bite-Sized” is an appropriate title. A language so ‘foreign’ to Westerners has to be ingested a bite at a time. The learner won’t choke on the bites in “Bite-Sized Mandarin Chinese.”

    This audio program is about learning simple phrases and using them to ask and answer common questions. The material is not extremely complicated, just the stuff that’s necessary for basic communication. The pronunciation of some of the words was so difficult in the beginning that I was frankly surprised that by about the third lesson my pronunciation was getting more precise. Distinguishing sounds and tones got easier with each lesson.

    I don’t have the time or the inclination to become a super fluent speaker of Chinese. But I got a kick out of learning some basic Mandarin Chinese and a sort of ego boost from the confidence this course gave me that if I wanted to, really wanted to, I could eventually learn to speak this language pretty well. It’s just a matter of practice. Listen and Repeat. Listen and Repeat. I now feel confident enough to approach my next Chinese waitress with a few greetings and even order some hot tea, not at all bad for a few days of practice with a very entertaining program.

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    Bite-Sized Mandarin Chinese in Ten Minutes a Day

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    • By Mark Frobose
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    A trained native Mandarin speaker and language expert Mark Frobose tells you how to speak Mandarin Chinese faster and easier than you ever thought possible, from any location, and during your otherwise wasted down time with Language Audiobook's Bite-Sized Mandarin Chinese in Ten Minutes a Day audio program.

    Nisha says: "Very useful and impressive learning experience!"
  • "Very Effective-Really Teaching Me t..."

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    Wonderful female native French speaker with great accent. Knowledgeable English-speaking American instructor. Fast-paced and challenging yet highly supportive of the learner. Same great memory technique as with the “Power Spanish Accelerated” and “Power Italian Accelerated” programs, which I’ve also tried. (Romance languages are my casual interest.)
    As in the two ‘Power Accelerated’ audio programs from Language Audiobooks I just mentioned, the Power French lessons are concise and to the point. No long explanations, no fluff, only what you need to know to communicate effectively. Excellent choice of vocabulary words and phrases. Practical. Can be used in most situations the visitor might find him/herself in while touring France, or Quebec, for that matter. Very complete program that I believe takes the learner from novice to high-intermediate level French with sufficient practice. Listen to this program again and again and again and you’ll learn to speak and understand a bunch of useful French in very short order.


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    Power French Accelerated: 8 One-Hour Audio Lessons (English and French Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Want to learn to speak authentic French quickly and easily and have fun in the process? Designed to teach you to speak French while on the go, Power French Accelerated is a refreshingly intense, upbeat and positive 8 hour audio language program whose 144 study units establish a challenging pace and friendly tone that are designed to keep you constantly motivated and learning to speak and understand real spoken French at optimal speed.

    Language Dreamer says: "Very Effective-Really Teaching Me to Speak French!"
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    "I listened to the Whole Thing in 24 Hours"

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    I absolutely love this audio book!! It had an American guy paired with a Japanese woman. The guy has been living in Japan for 11 years and the woman sounds so adorable, especially when she laughs. They not only tell you how to speak Japanese but they tell you about the culture and the island. The American talks about some mistakes he made and what other foreigners tend to make. I love that they have a conversation, then say it again but enunciate each syllable of each word, then they explain what it means.

    I think a key aspect of helping someone learn a new language is enunciating and saying words slow enough for them to pick u the different sounds. Especially if the language has sounds that are not available in English.

  • Korean...In 60 Minutes

    "Pronunciation of Words & Phrases are too Quick"

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are already familiar with the Alphabet and how words are broken down by syllables.


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    I like that the people that spoke the Korean words seem to be Korean or of Korean descent. What I didn't like was that they spoke the words at normal speed and then they tried to break up the phrase by syllables by digital means. It sounded like they used software to cut up the phrase or word instead of having the person actually say the word again slower and say the word or phrase broken up into syllables. Most of the time they broke the word or phrase at an unnatural parts.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Next time have the speakers say the phrase 3 times: normal speed, slowly, and broken down by syllable.

  • Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    "Should have More Content"

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    The whole thing is about 45 minutes where 16 minutes is spent telling you the story about the owner and his methods. I don't really care about that. The actual lesson is only about 30 minutes.

    I bought the Pimsleur French CDS years ago and it came with I think 6 CDS (maybe more). It was the beginner level as well and covered a lot more. So I expected more from this digital version for learning Japanese.

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Walk Around los angeles, ca, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

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  • "Pimsleur Phase 2 Units 1-30"

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    Took a college french class and no one could understand a work I said in French at the end of the class. This helped me say the words and not worry about spelling or grammar. The french have an annoying way of not pronouncing the end of most words and conjugated verbs all sound alike to me. Pimsleur just put them in sentences I could understand then reviewed them often. This worked out so well I eventually bought Phase 1, 2 and 3. Now I can actually carry on a very basic conversation and understand a fair amount of conversation in french. I did listen to each section every day and sometimes repeated the section. French does not sink into your head automatically, but if you just listen and repeat lessons each day it is pretty amazing what sticks. I did dishes, laundry, went to the market or ran errands while listening. Made boring chores more interesting and learned basic French.

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    French Phase 2, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    French Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1. In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced.

    Walk Around says: "Pimsleur Phase 2 Units 1-30"

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