• Rush Hour Italian

  • By: Howard Beckerman
  • Narrated by: Howard Beckerman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-25-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berlitz Publishing
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (29 ratings)

Regular price: $17.47

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Publisher's Summary

Sing your way to a new language, anytime, anywhere! The new enhanced edition of Rush Hour Italian includes two audio programs, a bonus music-only version of favorite Rush Hour songs, and a free downloadable word game (see www.berlitzbooks.com for link). Original music and catchy songs help you remember everyday words, phrases, and sentences, and the exciting storyline keeps you involved. Fun to use alone or with your family!
©2003 Berlitz Publishing Company, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Erin on 09-22-06

Don't waste your time

This is an audio musical play with language lessons. Since I love musicals, I thought this would be a fun way to learn Italian. Unfortunately, the lessons zip by way too quickly...and the songs get annoying. Ultimately, it's frustrating because you can't really learn in the car without referring to the manual that you must download. About the only way this would be useful is if you already learned the language and wanted a refresher.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 01-17-13

To fast and questionable pedagogy

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe a quick repetition for someone more fluent in Italian? But then maybe to basic?

Would you recommend Rush Hour Italian to your friends? Why or why not?

It's cheap and you pick up some phrases, so maybe? But I'd rather recommend other courses available through Audible.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Howard Beckerman?


Any additional comments?

There is to much English dialog here. It is meant as a background, but is unnecessary and gives no Italian knowledge. Much of the Italian is presented to fast. Italian has a lot of small words, de, da, di del, della, chi, che, ch'e, mi, ti, il, le, lo etc, and in fast dialog it's easy to miss what you hear. This also is the case with longer words with more difficult pronunciation. Repetitions a bit slower with presentation of the words and meanings had been better than wasting time speaking English.
I'm unsure that hearing Italian sung, increases the speed of learning.

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