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Troy

Troy DALLAS, TX, United States Member Since 2012

I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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  • "Great Tips, But Still Comes Down to..."

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    I've been following "Benny the Irish Polyglot" at his blog for a few months now, and this book is essentially all of his great hints and tips in one place, put together so you don't have to hunt for them. He's living proof that learning to speak multiple languages CAN happen, but he'll also tell you that fluency in 3 months requires 3 or more hours per day. If you don't need "mastery" or don't have that kind of time commitment, a slower pace will still get you where you're looking to be with dedication in the time frame you do have. If nothing else, dispelling the myths, addressing concerns, and providing a positive platform for beginners are what Benny does best. That's what this book is all about.

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    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

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    • By Benny Lewis
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    Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language-learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.

    Irena says: "Pleasure for polyglots, treasure for newbies"
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  • Rapid Brazilian (Portuguese): Volumes 1 & 2)

    "Rapid Confusion"

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    What disappointed you about Rapid Brazilian (Portuguese): Volumes 1 & 2)?

    The Volumes are reversed. Volume 1, Chapter 1 is really Chapter 11 on the recording, while Volume 2 Chapter 1 ins Chapter 1 on the recording.


    If you’ve listened to books by earworms Learning before, how does this one compare?

    it's the same in all respects


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marlon Lodge?

    Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, or Latka Gravas


    Any additional comments?

    Fix it!

Aaron

Aaron EDGEWOOD, NM, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2009
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  • "Very Effective, Too Short"

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    Having studied the Irish language in a number of formats, I can't deny the effectiveness of the Pimsleur method for learning SPEECH. The approach is very logical, and the material is useful for the casual cultural tourist or the beginner. Unfortunately, Pimsleur has only 10 lessons of Irish, enough to get you started, but little enough to leaving you hanging after lesson #10. Come on, Pimsleur... if you can do 30 lessons of Russian, surely you can do as much for Irish.

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    Irish Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Irish (Gaelic) with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    Compact Irish Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Aaron says: "Very Effective, Too Short"

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  • 4.8 (25 ratings)
    Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur Narrated by uncredited

    Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Mandarin Chinese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of culture notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Bruce says: "Well thought out but beware of the shortcomings"
  • 4.8 (12 ratings)
    Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur

    Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 16 mins)
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    Speak and understand Mandarin Chinese in just thirty minutes a day. Phase 3 includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, and is designed is designed to be used after completion of Phases 1 and 2. The beginning of Phase 3 offers you the chance to further expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level.

    Bruce says: "Good but there are drawbacks"
  • 4.3 (26 ratings)
    Rapid Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic): Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by earworms Learning Narrated by Marlon Lodge

    Rapid Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic): Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
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    Earworms mbt© is a revolutionary accelerated learning technique that takes the hard work out of learning. Modern Standard Arabic is the first port of call for any newcomer to Arabic. It is universally understood,it is the official written language and is the language of news broadcasts throughout the Arabic speaking world.

    Robert says: "EXCELLENT OVERALL TEACHING TECHNIQUE"
  • 4.4 (23 ratings)
    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Benny Lewis Narrated by Benny Lewis

    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benny Lewis
    • Narrated By Benny Lewis
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    Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language-learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.

    Irena says: "Pleasure for polyglots, treasure for newbies"
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  • 4.3 (22 ratings)
    Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur

    Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
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    Each lesson in Russian Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Justin says: "Effective"
  • 4.5 (15 ratings)
    Greek (Modern) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Modern Greek with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur

    Greek (Modern) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Modern Greek with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Greek Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    ROBERT says: "Excellent"
  • 4.3 (14 ratings)
    Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur

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

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Russian Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Arto says: "good but booklet missing"
  • 4.6 (14 ratings)
    Rapid Russian, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by earworms Learning Narrated by Marlon Lodge, Tatyana Komova

    Rapid Russian, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge, Tatyana Komova
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    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 French and English a few times, you will pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    melecona says: "Looking forward to listening the 3rd!!!"
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  • 4.5 (13 ratings)
    Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs  by Pimsleur Narrated by uncredited

    Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, 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.

    taylor storey says: "I Can't Recommend Pimsleur Highly Enough"
  • Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Benny Lewis Narrated by Benny Lewis

    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benny Lewis
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    Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language-learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.

    Irena says: "Pleasure for polyglots, treasure for newbies"
  • How to Learn and Memorize Russian Vocabulary: Using a Memory Palace Specifically Designed for the Russian Language, Magnetic Memory Series (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Metivier Narrated by Elliott Bales

    How to Learn and Memorize Russian Vocabulary: Using a Memory Palace Specifically Designed for the Russian Language, Magnetic Memory Series

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anthony Metivier
    • Narrated By Elliott Bales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    How to Learn and Memorize Russian Vocabulary ... Using a Memory Palace Specifically Designed for the Russian Language (and adaptable to many other languages too). If you'd like to improve your ability to learn Russian vocabulary by as much as 100%, 200%, even 300% (or more) ... using simple memory techniques that you can learn in 15-20 minutes (or less), then this may be the most important book that you will ever read.

    Joanna Daneman says: "Make a Mind Palace like Sherlock Holmes"
  • Power Mandarin Accelerated: Chinese Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Frobose Narrated by Mark Frobose

    Power Mandarin Accelerated: Chinese Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
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    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Want to learn to speak Mandarin quickly and easily, and have fun in the process? Designed to teach you to speak authentic Mandarin Chinese while on the go, Power Mandarin Accelerated is a refreshingly intense, upbeat, and positive 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 Mandarin Chinese at optimal speed. Nothing to look up and no guessing!

  • Smartphone Mandarin Intensive: English and Chinese Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Frobose Narrated by Mark Frobose

    Smartphone Mandarin Intensive: English and Chinese Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Smartphone Mandarin Intensive is the most effective and versatile basic Mandarin Chinese audio program in the industry. It can be used anywhere for any duration of time to teach to you speak authentic Mandarin Chinese while in your car, at home, or on your smartphone! Designed specifically for use while on the go, this challenging, versatile and fast-paced program introduces the basic sentence structures necessary for effective communication. It then reviews and challenges you to interact successfully with a trained and educated Mandarin Chinese speaker.

    Jo says: "Greatly Simplifies and Speeds Up Learning to Speak"
  • Mandarin Sentence Magic: English and Chinese Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Frobose Narrated by Mark Frobose

    Mandarin Sentence Magic: English and Chinese Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Learn to speak the most common words and phrases that are easiest to learn and quickly understood by native Mandarin speakers and use cookie-cutter templates that you customize to fit your own unique language needs. Automatically retain more of what you learn with this built in memory review system that is already included in the program.

  • Minute Mandarin Chinese (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Frobose Narrated by Mark Frobose

    Minute Mandarin Chinese

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
    • Narrated By Mark Frobose
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    Do you have a minute? That's all you're going to need to learn to speak and understand authentic Mandarin Chinese. Well-known language author Mark Frobose brilliantly demonstrates how a few wasted minutes can be focused and used to learn to speak and understand Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily. Minute Mandarin features an educated native Mandarin Chinese speaker who will delight you with her expertise and authentic Mandarin accent.

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  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Marathi  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Marathi

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest.

  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Bengalisch  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Bengalisch

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest.

  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Punjabi  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Punjabi

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest.

  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Tamil  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Tamil

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest. Es ermöglicht dir einen unkomplizierten Einstieg, eine komplett neue Sprache zu lernen.

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  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Kannada  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Kannada

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest. Es ermöglicht dir einen unkomplizierten Einstieg, eine komplett neue Sprache zu lernen.

  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Sardinisch  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Sardinisch

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest. Es ermöglicht dir einen unkomplizierten Einstieg, eine komplett neue Sprache zu lernen.

  • EuroTalk Rhythmen Lateinisch  by EuroTalk Ltd Narrated by Fleur Poad

    EuroTalk Rhythmen Lateinisch

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    Es ist von Haus aus einfacher etwas zu lernen, wenn es mit rhythmischer Musik hinterlegt ist. Deshalb haben wir genau das gemacht. Simple Wörter und Sätze werden von einem variierendem Schema von Rhythmen und Musik hinterlegt, damit dir das Lernen einfacher fällt und du nicht schon innerhalb von fünf Minuten abschaltest. Es ermöglicht dir einen unkomplizierten Einstieg, eine komplett neue Sprache zu lernen.

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