Thanks for indulging me with my exciting news about my new novel (UPDATE: which went to #1 on Amazon UK best seller lists under SF>Mysteries and Crime I’m thrilled to say!) - it’s time to get back to telling you about some of the great language learning products I found at The Language Show in Earl’s Court.
I was rather excited to have the opportunity to interview one of the founders of one of the cleverest and most effective ‘accelerated language learning’ products I’ve come across: Earworms (see note about discounts below). If I had to recommend just one language learning product for beginners, or even rusty intermediates, it would be Earworms. They’re a delight to listen to, at home, on the go, at the gym, or even in bed. In fact, I’m listening to one in the background as I write this. I have some great news for you too: I’ve persuaded Andrew to give Bitesized Subscribers a hefty 25% discount on their products. Co-founder Andrew Lodge explained at the show how their brilliant product works:
Earworms is a ‘Musical Brain Trainer’ which uses specially designed catchy musical riffs to anchor vocabulary into your long-term memory. Each CD contains 200 new words, divided into topics. A rhythmic dialogue between a native speaker and an English student is set to music in a way that’s both relaxing and a joy to listen to. It goes further though, using ingenious mnemonics (memory tricks) along the way to help remember difficult words with almost no effort. As I said to Andrew afterwards, frankly – and I say this very rarely – I wish I’d invented it. But don’t take my word for it, have listen yourself:
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/2. Arabic Vol.1.mp3" text="Arabic" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/5. Spanish. I'd like...-01.mp3" text="Spanish - I would like..." dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/1. French Vol2. Track 5.mp3" text="French - Reserving a room" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/10. Parting in Portuguese.mp3" text="Portuguese - parting" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/4. Italian Conversation.mp3" text="Italian conversation" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/7. Japanese. Is there ... nearby..mp3" text="Japanese - Is there... nearby?" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://media.bitesizedlanguages.com/earworms/samples/3. Chinese Numbers.mp3" text="Chinese numbers (example of mnemonics)" dl="0"]
Buy now with 25% discount! (use code ‘bitesized’)
25% Discount for Bitesized Subscribers
Earworms is available in 16 languages, and there are two volumes of 200 words in each. It has to be one of the most pleasant, undemanding and engaging ways to absorb vocabulary. The CDs also come with beautifully printed vocab lists so you can see what you’re listening to as well. They also make terrific presents for people!
If you’d like to buy one, you can get a 25% discount of the retail price of £14.99 simply by using the coupon code ‘bitesized’ when you order from the Earworms shop, so each CD is just £11.24. If you think about it, that’s about 5p per word or phrase learned.
Earworms also have a 5 CDs for 4 offer on, which you can combine with our discount code for an even better deal, so that’s half your Christmas shopping sorted!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Let us know what you think. I’m going to get cracking de-rusting my Spanish and I’m also taking on a completely new language: Japanese, to see how I get on. I’ll report back in a week.