Item description for Berlitz Rush Hour Spanish: A Complete Beginner's Course Set to Music by Howard Beckerman...
BERLITZ RUSH HOUR SPANISH
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 Spanish expressions and vocabulary for everyday life. Rush Hour Spanish 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 Spanish, 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: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812684255 ISBN13 9789812684257
Availability 0 units.
More About Howard Beckerman
Howard Beckerman has spent more than 30 years working in most every facet of animation. A teacher at the School of Visual Arts, he lives in Flushing, NY.
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Rush Hour Spanish: A Complete Beginner's Course Set to Music?
Difficult to understand May 10, 2008
I've been listening to the CDs while commuting. I've found it difficult to understand and cannot always determine which letter some of the words begin with. If I were fluent in spanish already, I'm sure I would have no problems understanding what they're saying. Since I'm trying to learn, I was looking for extremely distinct pronunciation. The sound system in my vehicle, which is a 2005, has 6 speakers so I don't think that it is the problem.
Fun learning Spanish Apr 5, 2008
I've always found the Berlitz language products to be excellent. This one is a lot of fun; it uses catchy songs to teach basic vocabulary and concepts. My wife and I use it in the car and have enjoyed the lessons.
Yuck Mar 8, 2008
These songs were so annoying that I considered opening the car window and throwing the CD's out so no one else would ever have to listen to them. I donated it to the children's library instead, since our librarian thought children might like them. I hope the donation is marked "anonymous".
Kooky But Effecitve Spanish Course Dec 30, 2007
I've taken an intro Spanish course and bought other Spanish language instructional materials in the past, but I found this material the easiest to stick with of anything I've tried. The admittedly somewhat inane dialogue sticks in your memory fairly well. I'd give this course a strong 5 as a way of starting to seriously learn the Spanish language.
Good for a Start or for Part of a Larger Strategy Jul 21, 2007
Turns out to be great. At first, I rolled my eyes at the little songs, feeling a little like I was listening to a Barney show. But it was in the privacy of my own car, so I just went with it. But then started noticing that the songs DO stick in your mind AND you remember what the spanish phrases/words mean! I am visual, though, so I needed to take a look at the booklet that has the "script" so I could understand what the spelling of the word was that they were saying. That helps a lot. First, I had rented a language DVD from Netflix. I found it grating and couldn't get far, but I did get through the pronunciation piece first. That way, if presented with a phrase like "Quiero aprender a communicarme en enspanol" that a native spanish speaking friend wrote for me, I can at least pronounce it correctly (or close enough to be understood). It is much more motivating to find that while your vocabulary is limited, the parts you DO know can be understood. Next, I start listening to these cds and check the booklet. Finally I went with the suggestion of another reviewer and bought a spanish instruction book (Madrigal's Magic Spanish). I am also considering buying 501 Spanish verbs conjugated. That was great when I used to study French years ago. I add some fun into it by nagging my spanish speaking friend at work to give me a sentence every once in a while. The native speakers at work are willing to discuss it with me now and then, which is nice. I guess people appreciate you TRYING to speak their language (especially since english speaking Americans have a rep for NOT trying). If you just want to dip your toe in to try it out and see if it sustains your interest OR if you just need survival communication for a trip, these tapes along with something that helps you with pronunciation by letter, are a good bet. So those are my recommendations.