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Sing your way to a new language, anytime, anywhere! The new enhanced edition of Rush Hour Spanish includes two audio programs, a bonus music-only version of favorite Rush Hour songs, and a free downloadable word game (see www.berlitzbooks.com for link). Original music and catchy songs help you remember everyday words, phrases, and sentences, and the exciting storyline keeps you involved. Fun to use alone or with your family!
©2003 Berlitz Publishing Company, Inc.

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  • Kim
  • Three Oaks, MI, USA
  • 01-31-05

I just got back from Mexico and....

I bought three titles to learn Spanish, and almost instantly stopped the other two, (Raymond and Pimsleur) Senior Gonzales and the tactless singers really grow on you, and even with a PhD. I find myself singing in the car(alone). It is really worth the money if you need to converse with humans instead of become a walking Spanish Dictionary. I ended up liking it!

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Ray
  • Glastonbury, CT, United States
  • 06-01-04

Really silly, but it works!

The first time I almost shut this program off after only five minutes. However, I went with it despite the goofy story and low budget Broadway style music. After three listens I knew the songs and the vocabulary. As I returned to my traditional Spanish lessons I found myself hearing the songs and remembering this material more clearly than I have any other program. I would purchase more of these were they availible.

102 of 104 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, USA
  • 04-24-05

Goofy but Effective

I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning Spanish or brushing up before a trip. The songs and dialogue are a little cheesy but entertaining and most importantly effective. The words in some of the dialogue and songs are a little hard to hear, and this is probably more effective for someone with a little familiarity with Spanish. Someone starting from scratch should probably use this in conjunction with or after some basic instruction.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • New Milford, CT, USA
  • 10-17-05

A wonderful Family Selection!

I am really pleased with this program! I bought it hoping it would help my 8th grade daughter who is in her 2nd year of Spanish. It turned out to be the perfect program. It covers everything they learned last year and will learn this year. I couldn't have hired a better tutor!
A nice bonus was that my other 3 children absolutely love it.
~The first thing my 4 year old son asks for when we get in the car is, "can I hear 'Table for Two-Un mesa para dos' on your Ipod"? The second time he heard it he was already singing the songs and pronouncing the spanish words beautifully. He may not know what he is saying at this point but it's a great introduction to Spanish and it gets their ears used to the sounds of Spanish.
~I found it helpful for myself as well. Although the songs were a bit silly, I remembered more from those songs than I did from listening to the other Spanish lessons I bought.(Pimsleur..too sloooowww!)
~My only con is that sometimes they sing the phrases so quickly we have a hard time understanding what they're saying. We have to have my mother listen and translate. But for this price, so what!
~ I would recommend this as a GREAT family selection. Get everyone involved and sing the songs together. Then really practice what you heard around the house or when you come in contact with anyone that speaks Spanish. I think you're going to be surprised how much you pick up.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A nice change from boring language audio

While the approach seems cheesey at first, it does sort of grow on you after a bit. I have a two hour commute each evening, and actually look forward to listening to it again on the bus. There is a story to the vocabulary as well, which furthur keeps you engaged.

I hope they come out with a Rush Hour Spanish II and pick up where the relationship ended.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Szu
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 08-01-05

Fun, but mediocre for the serious learner.

Although this series is certainly entertaining and easier on the ears, the songs just aren't a good way to teach Spanish. I had difficulty picking up anything but the most rudimentary phrases, as the more advanced stuff they just breeze over; the speed is quite random, they seem to focus on the easier stuff and gloss over the harder stuff. The songs get a bit annoying after awhile as well, but I definitely picked up enough Spanish to converse a bit. I think Pimsleur is better, it's not as fun but much more productive.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Marenisco, MI, USA
  • 08-01-05

Sesame Street for adults

At first it sounds a bit childish but you find yourself humming the songs during the day and realizing that your thinking about the lyrics in spanish. Give it a try it really works!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Briana
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 11-22-05

So cheesey! But, fun too!

Really cheesey way to brush up on your spanish, but within five minutes I had stopped cringing and was singing along! What a horribly fun way to learn spanish. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

This one has catchy tunes. It is like a simple Spanish operatic love story and it is the best Spanish tape I have ever heard. I wish there were more of these.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cecilia
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 05-05-05

Silly but good

The situations are laughable and mostly unnecessary, but it makes a much more palatable listen than the Learn in Your Car series, which is terribly boring and dry.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shamazeballs
  • 01-13-17

Poor quality sound

What disappointed you about Rush Hour Spanish?

The sounds quality is very poor - cannot make out what is being said - especially in Spanish which is the purpose of the of buying this title. I have the rush hour Italian on CD and the quality is great, Suspect its the audible version that's the issue.

Would you be willing to try another one of Howard Beckerman’s performances?

Yes but on physical media not using audible.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed with sound quality.

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  • sarah fisk
  • 06-03-14

Too fast to learn!

What disappointed you about Rush Hour Spanish?

It was too fast to learn. They spoke too quickly and didn't repeat often enough

How could the performance have been better?

It was quite annoying and didn't cover basic speech.

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  • Simon
  • 02-24-10

What a ripoff

It's only 2.5 hours and you learn about ten phrases and a few dozen words with no explanation at all of structure.

A basic parrot fashion thing that is really bad value for money