Rapid Italian: Volume 2

Narrated by: Marlon Lodge
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Earworms mbt© is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning. 

By listening a few times to these specially composed melodies, with their rhythmic repetitions of Italian and English, 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. 

If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms mbt© Rapid Italian is the course for you. Volume 1 was your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. Volume 2 will have you talking about yourself (past, present, and future), chatting, and even flirting! 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

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impressionnante

Earworms has produced a brilliant program unlike anything else on the market. Learning a language by audiobook can be mind-numbing and repetitive, but Earworms takes up the challenge and blows everything else to hell. Setting languages to music is brilliant, I'm suprised it hasn't been done before. Chants and songs and stories are universal, they are mankind's most ancient forms of education and communication (and prevention). Pattern recognition,inflection and tone come effortlessly when learning this way. It's like immersing yourself in the culture for a whole hour.

The printed guide is super useful. Reading the words while listening to them and repeating them outloud dramatically improved my recall (I didn't use the guide the first week, for some reason actually seeing the words imprinted them on my brain). After using the guide I'd say my recall shot up to about %80.

I'm continually amazed by the rapidity with which I'm learning from these programs (in just 3 weeks!). As I drift off to sleep whole phrases float through my mind, unbidden. Even my step-daughter thinks Earworms is rad. I've told all my traveling friends about it, though I've only used Italian V1 and 2 thus far. I'd suggest using this program to supplement your language learning classes, or in conjunction with the standard audio lessons. Surprise yourself.

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Great Listening!

I said the same for the first system of Rapid Italian, and I'll say it for the second listening program... It really works, and I am learning so much in just a few days. I highly recommend buying this audible listening Italian program!
James Haley

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Love it

I have used this over and over. Love the music. I have 1 and 2 love them both. I wish they would make more!!

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Pretty Good

Good instructions. The only weird stuff was the music at times. It did not for tranquil or relaxing at times. Almost made me wanna turn it off, but I wanna learn so... Yeah.

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  • Joe
  • 01-15-07

Great stuff

Nice and easy to listen to, although don't be fooled, you shan't be speaking Italian in a few hours, it will take several listens.

I found version one better and although some of the phrases and words on version two seemed a bit pointless to me (just my opinion), this really has to be one of the best 'Learn Italian' audiobooks out there, and I have listened to a few in my time.

So, a recommended read, err, listen!

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  • Kawena
  • 07-29-20

Not for me

I felt a bit conned. I was fascinated by the concept, and I know I have a huge passive vocabulary in Italian, German, French from many years of singing classical music so the 'earworm' concept made real sense to me. However, this is brain phenomenon of a word sticking in your mind because it is attached to a tune is NOT what is happening here. All that this is, is a background track of rather annoying music -- like you here when you're on hold; repetitive, irritating, non-music (not a melody). On top of this are speakers saying one phrase or one unit alternating in Italian and English again and again. In other words - exactly like every other Italian course, but at a slower pace (you just hear the one word or word-pair ten times and nothing else). If you don't know a single word in Italian, I guess you would be able to order a coffee. But even so - get a cheaper course and play nicer music in the background! For me only a few minutes was like water torture, driving me mad. It also focuses on basic tourist Italian; and purely by parrot-style learning. I sampled volume 1 and 2, and from what I heard you won't get any real feeling for the language and how it works. You'll be able to repeat sentences you heard while gritting your teeth through the music.

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  • Sheila
  • 07-29-19

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Entertaining and useful additional aid to learning. I can listen while making dinner or housework, walking the dog etc.

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  • Mel
  • 09-19-17

Great app

Great App but on Audiable you don't get the written grammar which is essential. Therefore I might get the App directly from Earworms.

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  • Danny Biff
  • 04-11-15

Great way to learn new words & phrases

Very entertaining and motivating way to learn a few phrases and words.

Narrators voices are great to keep you going to the end

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  • Claire
  • 02-14-15

A great way to learn more of the language

This makes an enjoyable alternative to listen and repeat mode of most language audios. I'll definitely be trying the next volume.