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  • Rapid Spanish: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
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    (35)
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    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.

    Shelly says: "Not for the beginner"
    "A good supplement for Castilian Spanish learners"
    Overall

    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.

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