Item description for Berlitz Rush Hour Italian (Italian Edition) by Berlitz International...
BERLITZ RUSH HOUR ITALIAN
A musical language course for people on the go
Have you ever noticed how you still remember words to a song you haven t heard in years? Berlitz Publishing knows that putting words to music makes the words easier to remember. Rush Hour uses the power of catchy melodies and dynamic rhythms to introduce you to basic Italian expressions and vocabulary for everyday life. Rush Hour Italian holds listeners interest by following a day in the life of its main character, Jon, who wishes to learn the foreign language of a girl he wants to date. As he learns Italian, so will you! Original music and catchy songs help you remember everyday words, phrases, and sentences and the romantic, exciting storyline keeps you involved.
What do I get?
*2 audio CDs (2 hours total)
*1 bonus music-only CD of favorite Rush Hour songs (1/2 hour)
*Listener s guide so you can follow along with the audio
How does the course work?
1. All audio course listen and learn at home, at the gym, in the car, on the plane
2. 10 short lessons fit easily into your busy lifestyle
3. Get additional support online--go to berlitzpublishing.com for a downloadable audio script and learner s guide
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Studio: Berlitz Travel Guide
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 8.04" Height: 1.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812462732 ISBN13 9789812462732
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Rush Hour Italian (Italian Edition)?
Fun, yet not for beginners. Jan 16, 2007
This program has some fun songs, but is not for beginners. I found myself singing what I THOUGHT were the words, only to find out that I was pronouncing them wrong (they sing awfully fast sometimes!). You can look in the listener's guide, but unless you know how to pronounce the words, it won't really help. Also, unless you're in stand-still traffic, you probably shouldn't try to listen to this too seriously in the car. Instead of focusing on driving, you'll be trying to pronounce that one word you just can't seem to understand!
Really Helpful and Kids learn from it too! Jan 9, 2007
This is a great introduction and easy to listen to. The songs really help reinforce the language. One hour is just enough but not too much. My five year old has learned a lot from this CD and sings some of the songs! I would advise this for children over the 'teach me....' series by Judy Mahoney (although they are good too).
Bertlitz Rush Hour Italian Aug 21, 2006
This set of CDs were upbeat and told a story while teaching common Italian words. It provided all the elements for learning, a story, music and multiple voices. Although, I listened to it multiple times, it was still enjoyable. For a quick study of everyday Italian I would recommend this CD set.
Annoying Songs Feb 6, 2006
Does anyone really need to know how to say nice purple tie? I wanted to learn basic italian, but what I got instead was annoying songs that got in the way of learning the language. My kids were laughing so hard at the lame songs that we forgot what we were trying to learn! While it was good to have the book that goes along with the CD, the formate and the some of the first lessons were not where I wanted to start out (scrambled eggs vs fried?). The lessons did get better as you went along. If you don't mind learning italian Sesame Street style, then this is the CD for you.
A bit buono, a bit cattivo Nov 13, 2005
Good things--the songs will stick in your head, and this will help memorization. There is a logical progression. The accompanying book generally helps, especially if you're like me and want to see the word as well as hear it. It is espeically useful in some of the pronunciations not always covered in guide books.
Bad parts--the main male character has an awful pop voice. The romance story-line can get uncomfortable; when he is singing about how he wants her to kiss/hold/touch him now, I wanted to leave the room. And some of the choices are foolish. If you are only going to learn the basics, wouldn't you rather know how to talk about sights than how to leave a message or tell someone they have a nice refrigerator?
Since I expected the songs to be cheesy, I can't hold that against them. But I expected better thinking of what lessons would be covered. My advice to Berlitz would be to skip having a plot and focus on what we actually need to know.