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Jason

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
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Great! Narration has one flaw...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Great, but the narrator spoke Lucas' parts in an artificial voice that grates on the nerves.

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Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-12

What would have made Rhythms Easy Gujarati better?

1. Needs quizzes at the end of each section, or at least a variety of teaching methods besides just call and response, which is repetitive and not very effective.
2. The background music is not useful or helpful, what is it doing droning on in the background for a straight hour for no reason? Turn it off please, or do something worthwhile with it.
3. Pause to sound out the long and complicated words and phrases. Just saying them three times (inconsistently) and then moving on is not teaching, it's lazy. Did you just do the whole book in a single take?
4. At some point, hearing Gujarati in a real conversation, with English narration might be good.
5. Cultural context is often considered a good addition to a language book, the assumption being that someone is planning to travel to the place, and not offend everyone they come across.
6. Maybe at least attempt to teach the real number system, or give some basic explanation of it if it's really too difficult, instead of encouraging listeners to say "30" and then "3" and hope that someone understands you. (Seriously, they actually say to try this.)
7. This is a big one: Maybe think about teaching some language... There is no explanation of VERBS, NOUNS, and how they go together in Gujarati in the first half of the book, maybe not ever? My wife, who already knows Gujarati, says that it is a Subject, Object, Verb style language, like Japanese, but you wouldn't know that from listening to Rhythms Easy Gujarati.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know, but it won't be anything by EuroTalk Ltd.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The male narrator pronounces the Gujarati words as though he has a mouth full of marbles. His pronunciations would change from repetition to repetition, and often contradicted the female narrator. This problem is hugely compounded by the lack of pauses to slow down and sound out words. They power through long and unfamiliar multi-syllable phrases, repeat three times, then move on to the next word. This format is repeated, so far as I can tell, for the entire book, although I only completed half of it before throwing my hands up in disgust.

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

Frustration, since it's the only Audiobook that teaches Gujarati, and I'm going there in a few months. I'm going to need to learn through another technique.

Any additional comments?

De-list this, it's a waste of money.

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