Friday, April 28, 2006

Whisper In Your Ear

Although it's not a saying I can appreciate entirely, the cliche "it's Greek to me" no doubt captures the reality that Greek is a tough language to learn.

That's why I was thrilled to stumble upon a language learning tool that works off of the same notion that keeps me singing old, catchy songs for years - putting the language to music and repeating the phrase frequently (and on beat). Brilliant!

Earworms Musical Brain Trainers work by layering foreign words and phrases over instrumental tracks. Even if you are not paying attention you will find yourself repeating the phrase after listening to "songs" a few times. The program is accompanied by a free booklet to help guide those with a knack for learning visually.

You can download the lesson or order a 75-minute CD in Greek, Italian, Spanish, French and German. Chinese is offered only on CD. Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese and Russian are coming soon.

Volume 1 (available now) - Survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. For Greek, this of course includes tips on how to order coffee and wine by the kilo.

Volume 2 (due out in July) - Deep dive into using the language to chat in past, present, and future tenses and expressing your opinions, chatting, and flirting (who knows?!)

The company's website is, where you can listen to a demo and order either the CD or the downloadable option. However, if you plan on downloading, I recommend purchasing this directly from

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