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Andy

Andy Westport, CT, United States Member Since 2002
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  • "delightfully entertaining"

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    A high energy narration combined with interesting factoids about provenance and usage of letters and words, made for a very entertaining listening experience.

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    Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Rosen
    • Narrated By Michael Rosen
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    From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever. How on earth did we fix upon our 26 letters? What do they really mean? And how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in 26 vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts.

    Andy says: "delightfully entertaining"
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  • FSI Language Courses: Hebrew

    "A Beneficial Tool in Assisting Hebrew Study"

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    It may seem that I rated this Hebrew course a little higher than others. Yes, the tape-recording sound quality dates this course from a time gone by. Almost all of my audio books come as a Level 4, but because of the poor sound quality, it is more difficult to listen to. I found that by listening to the lessons for a while, I was able to finally understand the pronunciation; that is, my ears adjusted to the sound, and I could understand it. At first, I was discouraged, but once I found I could assimilate the sounds and understand the communication, I found it was useable for me and beneficial in my language learning in Hebrew. One of the down sides of this course is, there is no booklet to follow along and learn the meaning of newer words. The thing that made this course workable for me was the fact that I completed the entire Audio Pimsleur Hebrew Levels 1 to 3. I was able to understand many of the sentences, numbers, clock times and everyday happenings in Hebrew despite the poor sound quality. Also, some of the sentences I had never heard before, but I knew everyone of the words from having completed the Pimsleur Hebrew. And therefore I was able to assimilate the meaning of these newer sentences and expand my base of Hebrew comprehension. I will admit I was a US military linguist using German behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, and I and other linguists had to deal with much poorer sound quality than this but yet understand it and process it; so maybe I have an edge. I would not recommend this to the Hebrew student starting out for the first time. I would recommend doing the Audio Pimsleur Hebrew first then go for this one for reinforcement and language maintenance. The more different Hebrew speakers you listen to will help you to understand more Hebrew speakers with different accents and patterns of speech.

Elaine Bridges

Elaine Bridges Paradise, CA, United States 09-01-11

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  • "A good program for conversation"

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    I really like this program and I have tried many because it requires that you stay focused and talk back. I have studied Biblical Hebrew in the past so I am able to catch it quickly but I believe this is the best spoken Hebrew program I have come across and plan on completing them all.

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

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Each lesson in Hebrew 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Elaine Bridges says: "A good program for conversation"

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    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"
  • 4.4 (25 ratings)

    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"
  • 4.3 (19 ratings)

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

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Each lesson in Hebrew 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Elaine Bridges says: "A good program for conversation"
  • 4.6 (14 ratings)

    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

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
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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"
  • 4.5 (12 ratings)

    Michel Thomas Method: Dutch Introductory Course

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Cobie Adkins-de Jong, Els Van Geyte
    • Narrated By Cobie Adkins-de Jong
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    Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Dutch in the same way.

    Matthew says: "Excellent Introductory Course"
  • 4.7 (11 ratings)

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

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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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"
  • 4.5 (11 ratings)

    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"
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  • 4.6 (11 ratings)

    Russian Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Russian Phase 1, Units 6-10 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.

  • 4.4 (11 ratings)

    Arabic (East) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Eastern Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Each lesson of Eastern Arabic 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.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le birman

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le maori

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le géorgien

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le yiddish

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
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    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

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  • EuroTalk Rythme le quechua

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le mongol

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le berbère

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le jèrriais

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
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    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

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  • EuroTalk Rythme le pachto

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le macédonien

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
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    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme le navajo

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    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

  • EuroTalk Rythme l'arabe

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
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    • Narrated By Sara Ginac
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    Il est naturellement plus facile d'apprendre au son d'une musique rythmée, et c'est ce que nous avons mis en pratique. Vous n'arrivez pas à rester concentré plus de cinq minutes? L'association de phrases et de mots simples à une variété de rythmes et de musiques spécialement conçues pour vous aider dans votre apprentissage contribuera à retenir votre attention. C'est le moyen le plus simple pour commencer à apprendre une toute nouvelle langue.

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