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 Italian 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 Italian is the course for you.
Volume 1 is 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, expressing your opinions, chatting, and flirting (who knows?).
This is a great way to learn very useful phrases in Italian for a holiday. I downloaded via iTunes so can listen while I use other aps but if you buy the Ap you also get to see how the words are spelt (also useful) but you can't run the Ap and other aps at the same time. Both are great. Better than my course with a real teacher (which is pretty sad)
Not quite what I expected - but not bad, not bad.....
I have to say, this programme was not quite what I was expecting. The iTunes description of “specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Italian and English” had me anticipating a series of catchy little songs designed to teach Italian. In fact, the programme simply consists of words and phrases repeated several times (with variations), in Italian and English, to a relaxing ambient sound-track. Whether this does anything to cement the words in memory, I don’t know; but it does make for pleasant listening. This is further enhanced by the attractive voices of the young man and woman conducting the programme; they speak as though they are enjoying themselves. Although not done in formal ‘teaching style’, the young lady clearly has the expert role, while the man is the ‘student’’; occasionally she will give him (and by extension, the listener) a ‘challenge’ (“how would you say:”….), so there is some opportunity to test your learning as you go.
At $18.99 for 1hr 11 minutes (divided into 11 short chapters), it’s one of the more expensive audiobooks out there; the iTunes page claims to offer a free downloadable booklet to accompany the audiobook, but the link to this seems dead. There is a Volume 2, but that seems to be as far as it goes; so this course will not take you very far towards fluency in Italian; but it’s a pleasant and entertaining introduction. If you want a more comprehensive audiobook from which to learn Italian, I would recommend either the Pimsleur course, or the Michel Thomas method (I marginally preferred Michel Thomas, but both are very good).