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Rapid Japanese: The Musical Brain Trainer, a genuine breakthrough and your easy and effective access to the Japanese language.

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 Japanese 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.

If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Japanese is the course for you.

Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad.

You will feel you are learning within minutes and might just be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be!

This audiobook also comes with a free booklet to accompany the course which you can download by clicking on this link. Free booklet
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Bad Soundquality

Bad soundquality makes it very difficult to hear the exact pronounciation oft the japanese phrases. That's unfortunate because the recording is contentwise quite useful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Evelyn
  • Claremore, OK, United States
  • 07-24-07

Great, for what it is.

Memorization to a catchy little tune. . .believe it or not, it works. The readers are very clear, and the available free pdf sheet is a great help.

Understand before you begin, that this is good for a very, very short trip to Japan. You'll be able to order in a restaurant, tell the taxi driver to take you to the airport, ask if you can pay by credit card, etc. They do get rather a lot into the hour long program.

Please remember though, (which, of course, I didn't) it's an hour long program. You will not be able to converse with native Japanese people beyond these very limited phrases. You will definitely not be able to turn off the subtitles on your favorite Japanese movies. You'll still be absolutely clueless when it comes to trying to read Japanese characters. I would love to see a language instruction course based on this rhythmic theory, but with some hint of sentence structure, grammar, etc.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Earlysville, VA, USA
  • 07-12-07

A True Breakthrough

WOW! Having just purchased and listened to Rapid Japanese several times during a beach vacation, I can report that this is truly a BREAKTHROUGH product!!! Here's why:

- The music and the entire approach makes it an effortless pleasure to work through the material. You'll actually ENJOY yourself while learning.

- The music and pacing puts your brain into hypnotic state where the words and phrases are effortlessly burned into your memory.

Music is only the tip of the iceberg:

- The pairing of an English learner and native Japanese speaker. The English learner (narrator) see's things from YOUR perspective asking questions and figuring things out on your behalf.

- Delicious repetition. Each new word and phrase is repeated over and over and over and over, often with subtle variations. I LOVE IT!

- Complex phrases are broken into their constituent parts. Starting from a complex phrase the English learner (narrator) queries his Japanese language buddy for the meanings of each part of the phrase and then rebuilds these parts back into the original combination. As a result things make sense and you're able to hear the parts and intuitively grasp the grammatical structure!

- The English learning (narrator) pronounces the Japanese phrases in way that is closer to the way a new English speaker would - this makes it easier to decipher the sounds. However this less than perfect pronounciation is always paired with a native speaker saying the same phrases perfectly. This combination allows you to hear the phonemes and then shift towards native pronounciation.

- The program introduces Japanese grammer and language constructs - but does so in a right brained immersive way.

I have used many, many language products and I can say without hesitation that Rapid Japanese Vol 1 is the best I've experienced.

My only complaint is that there is only 1 volume

PLEASE produce 20 more volumes just like this!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbie
  • Gulf Shores, AL, USA
  • 07-10-06

Good idea- poor language

I find it hard to believe the speaker is Japanese. I find the pronunciation poor and not very accurate. The phonetic sounds in Japanese are different from English.
Just one example, at the start, she reads milk as "milk" but it's pronounced "miruku".
Anyways, REALLY great concept, but my Japanese friends laughed at it.

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not what I expected

What didn’t you like about Marlon Lodge’s performance?

he added a lot of unnecessary conversation that added nothing ands voice just became annoying after a while.

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Overall a great idea but the production value is pretty weak. First off, Earworms implies that there would be catchy tunes that I will get stuck in my head. This is not that. What you get instead is some nice ambient background music and a vocabulary lesson, with some echo effects thrown in randomly. <br/>Although he Japanese speaker has a lovely voice I could listen to all day, the vocabulary and the music are completely unrelated. There is no attempt to match the rhythm, so if anything this is more of a subliminal learning program. <br/>One of my biggest issues is with the section on numbers. Once again, music is just in the background, but instead of just following the same formula of English word followed by Japanese word, He decided to use some convoluted mnemonics. Many of which were at best idiotic and at worst wrong and potentially detrimental to learning the language.<br/>Case in point. 7 is translated as nana. So he decides to rename Snow White, Nana. This is bad because not only does it not help to rename a well known character, but in Japanese her name is Yuki Hime. 9 was the only number that made sense and he just gave up on 10. <br/>I already know how to count in Japanese but I would hate to be someone using this to start learning. <br/>

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Decent premise, fails without companion text

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

Without a text to refer to, too much interpretation is left to an unpracticed ear. <br/>The mobile phone app might be a superior implementation of this teaching system.

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


What does Marlon Lodge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rapid Japanese?


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  • Whaley
  • Rock Spring, TN, United States
  • 09-18-11

Better than some

Even though I have had problems with other language programs in the past I was able to complete all of the lessons in units 1 and 2 fairly easily. However, I found it difficult to remember what I had learned outside of the context of replying to the speaker in the lesson. Someone asked me what I had learned and to my amazement I could think of no reply.

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  • Vicky
  • Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-30-08


These are really neat!!!

Music tracks are really nifty and relaxed.

This has been very helpful. Honestly.

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  • Steven
  • 07-26-06

Sceptical at the start ...

What can I say ... I was sceptical at first when i purchased this title, ?9.49 for a basic Japanese language course, but let me put that scepticism to rest here and now ... this course is great & well worth the money ... think the Ronseal advertisment ... 'does exactly what it says on the tin!
There is no work on formal written japanese text but lets be honest, i think being able to speak enough basic japanese to get by will be enough for most people !
Like myself, i'm sure that you all remember learning french or whatever at school and how boring or how much of a chore it was ! Well the Earworms learning aid makes practicing the language a fun and enjoyable time! I actually look forward to practicing the course! If only i'd have had this or one off the other language courses by Earworms, I would have surely continued studying a language of some description before now !

I've only had the course just under a week but im quiet able and confident in my ability to use what i have learnt from the course itself. The reason for purchasing the course is due to a possible job offer in Japan and i would like to be able to pass myself intially while i'm there.

Great course, great layout, great results after only a few days ! Check it out and see what you think !

Though i do have to point out, like all things, you have to want to learn the material and for people who already have a baisc knowledge fo the language, i would imagine you should sit tight until volume 2 comes out !

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  • Naomi
  • 07-17-10

Excellent learning system

An innovative way to learn! I found the idea of learning Japanese quite daunting, but this way of learning made it relatively painless. The music and repetition seems to make it stick! The teachers have lovely voices, which makes it very easy to listen to. Recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyne
  • 12-24-12

A good quick fix

Like any of the language courses, you get out what you put in. This course uses a music background with a native and English speaker going over Japanese phrases and words. The course tends to provide a sentence, in English, and then in Japanese and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. The course is similar to the other earworms courses, and if you liked one of the others I imagine you'll like this one.

It's not a bad idea, although the tunes are not that great, I find that I can recall some of the sentences. A good supplement for learning, or for a quick fix before heading on holiday but it is not a good standalone course.

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  • Laura
  • 01-19-13

It's like remembering song lyrics!

It really is that easy, i've even got my mum learning some!

The music in the background is great for just playing it whilst doing other jobs or lying in bed, very relaxing yet upbeat in times too. I find it doesn't get boring either like ones where there is no music, nice to add that touch and definitely helps with the learning process.

The topics spoken about are relevant to those going there, numbers, how to travel, how to ask where places are, how to order food and drink and more.

I am looking forward to purchasing the second one.

Plus the two narrators have great voices so it's easy to remember them saying it when you're out and about.

Definitely recommend!

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  • Tamara
  • 10-19-17


Personally I liked the background music besides for one chapter, it was fun to follow a long with and funny with the echo effects which can get annoying but still hilarious to me. My biggest problem was they wouldn't elaborate on things that needed slowed down for me but would do it on words I diddn't need. I would recommend it. If you liked the sample then go for it if not maybe don't pick this audio book. 👍 :)

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  • 10-05-17


loved it fairly easy to understand and appreciate that need to repeat listen. recommended it

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  • Richard
  • 03-13-17

Very good

I'm just getting started with Japanese. I like the Earworms very much. It's helping me to get used to the sounds of the Japanese language.

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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Would you ever listen to anything by Earworms Learning again?


Would you be willing to try another one of Marlon Lodge’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rapid Japanese?

The background music

Any additional comments?

You can't decipher the Japanese due to the ridiculous background music.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful