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200+ essential words and phrases anchored into your long-term memory with great music

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earworms mbt© Rapid Greek puts the words and phrases you need not just on the tip of your tongue, but also transports them deep into your long-term memory. Simply by listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Greek and English a few times, the sound patterns are indelibly burned into your aural cortex. You will have successfully learned the Greek phrase and have the correct accent ringing in your ears. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing: In the car, while jogging, in the bath, doing the ironing … you can be learning Greek at the same time! earworms mbt© Rapid Languages is the first language course to get your toe tapping. You know the phenomena of those catchy tunes on the radio that you just can't get out of your head? Voulezvous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Well, earworms mbt© has put this phenomena to positive use. Gone are the days of learning pressure and frustration at not being able to remember, the experience of many on conventional language courses. In combination with music, the phrases you need are automatically anchored deep into your memory, ready for instant recall.

Music is the Key The idea is as simple as it is old. Before the age of writing, ancient historical events were recorded in verse and song form for easy memorisation. In his book 'Songlines' Bruce Chatwin describes how the Australian Aborigines were able to navigate their way across hundreds of miles of desert to their ancestral hunting grounds without maps. And how? The extensive lyrics of their traditional songs were exact descriptions of the routes!


Rhythm and words i.e. song and verse have always been a very powerful memory aid, and this is supported by recent scientific research. The advertising industry knows only too well how powerful music can be in getting the message across with brainwashing-like jingles and soundbites. It really works! Developed and used over years in the classroom, earworms mbtŠ Rapid Languages has shown phenomenal success. In tests pupils using this technique regularly get average marks of over 90% compared to less than 50% with conventional book based learning. Why hasn't music been used more in education up to now? Imagine kids at school getting a CD of hip hop songs with all the historical dates they have to learn, or all the irregular verbs they have to learn! Wouldn't that make their (and teachers') school lives much easier, much more fun, much more successful? Rest assured, we are working on it! What you get This volume deals with the essentials for your visit abroad. It looks at typical situations: taking a taxi, at the hotel, at the restaurant, requesting, polite phrases, finding your way, numbers, dealing with problems and so on. Volume 2 will have you talking about yourself and others, past, present and future, likes and dislikes and general conversational items. The themes follow closely the Common European Framework for language learning, a recognised benchmark of language proficiency, and the emphasis is constantly on usefulness to the learner.


Memory hooks This booklet contains all the words an phrases spoken on the CD, both English and Greek, plus the sounds of the words. An additional aid to learning, 'memory hooks' and comments to assist your memorisation and understanding, can be found on the earworms website. These complement the CD and are really worth checking out. Memory hooks are for example, if you want to memorise the Greek term: Excuse me! = (phonetically written) 'messee ohriteh', imagine saying, 'Excuse me. I’ve got a messy oil heater.'- and you will easily remember. How to use earworms: Don't think, just listen! Sit back, relax and groove along to the melodies without trying to listen too hard. Treat them as songs you hear on the radio. Our recommendation is that you do familiarise yourself with the written words in the booklet - at least the first time you listen. After listening several times, playfully test yourself cover up the English side of the phrase book and see how many words and phrases you remember! Lastly - a word of thanks The earworms team would like to thank you for putting your trust in our 'slightly different' learning concept and are sure that you will have the success that many others have already had. It's motivating to know that learners are really benefiting from our research and development. Also, as accelerated learning is a rapidly growing field, we look forward to hearing your experiences and successes - so feel free to visit us on the website:

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1. I would like… I would like...

Tha eethela... Èá Þèåëá...

a coffee

ena gafe Ýíáí êáöÝ

with milk

me ghala ìå ãÜëá

please

baragalo ðáñáêáëþ

I would like a coffee with milk please.

Tha eethela ena gafe me ghala baragalo. Èá Þèåëá Ýíáí êáöÝ ìå ãÜëá ðáñáêáëþ.

a tea

ena tsai Ýíá ôóÜé

I would like a tea with milk please.

Tha eethela ena tsai me ghala baragalo. Èá Þèåëá Ýíá ôóÜé ìå ãÜëá ðáñáêáëþ.

very good

bolee gala ðïëý êáëÜ

Well done, bravo!

Bravo! ÌðñÜâï!

a beer

meea beera ìßá ìðýñá

I would like a beer.

Tha eethela meea beera. Èá Þèåëá ìßá ìðýñá.

water

nero íåñü

some water

leegho nero ëßãï íåñü

some

leegho ëßãï

some food

gadee ya fayeedo êÜôé ãéá öáãçôü

something

gadee êÜôé

for

ya ãéá

food

fayeedo öáãçôü

I would like some food.

Tha eethela gadee ya fayeedo. Èá Þèåëá êÜôé ãéá öáãçôü.

I would like some water.

Tha eethela leegho nero. Èá Þèåëá ëßãï íåñü.

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2. To order to order...

na barangeelo... íá ðáñáããåßëù...

a drink

ena bodo Ývá ðïôü

to order a drink

na barangeelo ena bodo íá ðáñáããåßëù Ýíá ðïôü

of course

vever âÝâáéá

food

fayeedo öáãçôü

wine

grasee êñáóß

some wine

leegho grasee ëßãï êñáóß

red wine

goggeeno grasee êüêêéíï êñáóß

red

goggeeno êüêêéíï

white

aspro Üóðñï

a bottle

ena bougalee Ýíá ìðïõêÜëé

a kilo of wine*

ena keelo grasee Ýíá êéëü êñáóß

1/2 a kilo of wine

meeso keelo grasee ìéóü êéëü êñáóß

bread

psomee øùìß

olives

elyes åëéÝò

salad

salada óáëÜôá

a mixed salad (village salad)

meea horyadeegee salada ìßá ÷ùñéÜôéêç óáëÜôá

I would like to order some wine.

Tha eethela na barangeelo leegho grasee. Èá Þèåëá vá ðáñáããåßëù ëßãï êñáóß.

*Strange but true. Wine is ordered by the kilo in Greece!

Read the original text and phonetics to give yourself extra visual input. To perfect your pronunciation... Let your ears guide you!


3. Have you got …? Have you got...?

Ekhede...? ¸÷åôå...;

food for vegetarians

fayeedo ya hortofagoos öáãçôü ãéá ÷ïñôïöÜãïõò

a table

ena drabezi Ýíá ôñáðÝæé

for two

ya theeo ãéá äýï

for three

ya drees ãéá ôñåéò

yes, of course

ne, vever íáé, âÝâáéá

yes

ne íáé

no

ohee ü÷é

no, sorry

ohee, leebame ü÷é, ëõðÜìáé

sorry

leebame ëõðÜìáé

Would you like...?

Tha thelade...? Èá èÝëáôå...;

to order

na barangeelede vá ðáñáããåßëåôå

a dessert

ena ebeethorbeeo Ýíá åðéäüñðéï

Can I have another coffee?

Boro na ec-ho agoma ena gafe? Ìðïñþ íá Ý÷ù áêüìá Ýíáv êáöÝ;

Can I have...?

Boro na ec-ho...? Mðïñþ íá Ý÷ù...;

another

agoma ena áêüìá Ýíá

Everything okay?

Ola endaxee? ¼ëá åíôÜîåé;

everything

ola üëá

okay

endaxee åíôÜîåé

bon appetite

galee orexee êáëÞ üñåîç

to pay

na bleeroso íá ðëçñþóù

the bill

do logharyasmo ôï ëïãáñéáóìü

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Can I...?

Boro...? Ìðïñþ...;

Can I pay?

Boro na bleeroso? Mðïñþ íá ðëçñþóù;

by credit card

me beestodeegee garda ìå ðéóôùôéêÞ êÜñôá

Can I pay by credit card?

Boro na bleeroso me beestodeegee garda? Mðïñþ íá ðëçñþóù ìå ðéóôùôéêÞ êÜñôá;

no problem

ganena provleema êáíÝíá ðñüâëçìá

Could you call me a taxi?

Boreede na moo galesede ena daxee? Ìðïñåßôå íá ìïõ êáëÝóåôå Ýíá ôáîß;

Could you...?

Boreede...? Mðïñåßôå...;

call me

na moo galesede íá ìïõ êáëÝóåôå

a taxi

ena daxee Ýíá ôáîß

I would like to pay please.

Tha eethela na bleeroso baragalo. Èá Þèåëá íá ðëçñþóù ðáñáêáëþ.

really very good

bara bolee gala! ðÜñá ðïëý êáëÜ!


4. To the airport to go

na bao íá ðÜù

to the city centre

sto gendro dees polees óôï êÝíôñï ôçò ðüëçò

to

sto óôï

the centre

gendro êÝíôñï

of the city

dees polees ôçò ðüëçò

to the airport

sto aerothromeeo óôï áåñïäñüìéï

airport

aerothromeeo áåñïäñüìéï

hotel

xenothoheeo îåíïäï÷åßï

to the hotel

sto xenothoheeo óôï îåíïäï÷åßï

thank you

efghareesto åõ÷áñéóôþ

I would like to go to the airport, please.

Tha eethela na bao sto aerothromeeo baragalo. Èá Þèåëá íá ðÜù óôï áåñïäñüìéï ðáñáêáëþ.

quite correct

bolee sosta ðïëý óùóôÜ

to rent

na eneegiaso íá åíïéêéÜóù

a car

ena aftogeeneedo Ýíá áõôïêßíçôï

to buy

na aghoraso íá áãïñÜóù

an ice cream

ena baghodo Ýíá ðáãùôü

How much...?

Boso ganee...? Ðüóï êÜíåé...;

this

afto áõôü

How much does this cost?

Boso ganee afto? Ðüóï êÜíåé áõôü;

How much does an ice cream cost?

Boso ganee ena baghodo? Ðüóï êÜíåé Ýíá ðáãùôü;

I would like to rent a car.

Tha eethela na eneegiaso ena aftogeeneedo. Èá Þèåëá íá åíïéêéÜóù Ýíá áõôïêßíçôï.

thank you very much

efghareesto bolee åõ÷áñéóôþ ðïëý

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How often do I have to listen to the earworms CD before I can really remember all the language on it? With the appeal of the earworms songs we hope that it is not a question of 'having to', it is rather a question of 'wanting to'. But seriously: the memory is like a muscle, it needs to be trained and exercised. Based on scientific studies, the ideal is listening relatively intensively at the beginning (the learning phase), thereafter listening periodically to review what you have learnt and refresh your memory. In practical terms this means listening to the whole album the first day, in order to 'tune your ear in' to the sounds of the language. Then listen regularly, several times, over a period of one or two weeks, making sure that you listen to every song equally as many times. While listening, actually speak the words out loud, when you can, to get a feeling for their pronunciation. After this, go through the booklet and test your knowledge, picking out any gaps that you may wish to concentrate on. Lastly, the review phase. As we all know, memories fade, so it is important to refresh your memory by listening to the CD at your leisure, say, once a week for the following few weeks. Thereafter, monthly. This review phase is crucial as it consolidates your knowledge and transfers it into your long-term memory. Although this demands self-discipline, it is of course without effort, as you are only listening to songs. The result is that you will be able to recall the words and phrases with the same ease that you remember your telephone number!


5. Numbers and Days one

ena Ýíá

two

theeo äýï

three

dreea ôñßá

four

dessera ôÝóóåñá

five

bende ðÝíôå

six

exee Ýîé

seven

efta åöôÜ

eight

ochto ï÷ôþ

nine

ennya åííéÜ

ten

thega äÝêá

on Monday

dee Thefdera ôç ÄåõôÝñá

Monday

Thefdera ÄåõôÝñá

Tuesday

Dreedee Ôñßôç

Wednesday

Dedardee ÔåôÜñôç

Thursday

Bempdee ÐÝìðôç

Friday

Barasgevee ÐáñáóêåõÞ

Saturday

Savvado ÓÜââáôï

Sunday

Geereeagee ÊõñéáêÞ

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6. Is there...? excuse me

me seehoreete ìå óõã÷ùñåßôå

Is there a…?

Eebarkhee…? ÕðÜñ÷åé…;

a shoe shop

ena gadasteema me babootseea Ýíá êáôÜóôçìá ìå ðáðïýôóéá

a shop

ena gadasteema Ýíá êáôÜóôçìá

with shoes

me babootseea ìå ðáðïýôóéá

near here

etho gonda åäþ êïíôÜ

near

gonda êïíôÜ

here

etho åäþ

a restaurant

ena esteeadoreeo Ýíá åóôéáôüñéï

a good restaurant

ena galo esteeadoreeo Ýíá êáëü åóôéáôüñéï

not too expensive

ohee bolee agreevo ü÷é ðïëý áêñéâü

sorry

leebame ëõðÜìáé

I don't know.

thexero. (then xero)


7. Directions good morning

galeemera êáëçìÝñá

hello (informal)

ya soo ãåéá óïõ

I'm looking for...

Psachno ya... ØÜ÷íù ãéá...

the beach

deen baraleea ôçí ðáñáëßá

a post office

ena daheethromeeo Ýíá ôá÷õäñïìåßï

a bank

meea drabeza ìßá ôñÜðåæá

Can you tell me...?

Boreede na moo beede… Mðïñåßôå íá ìïõ ðåßôå…

how to get to…

bos na bao… ðþò íá ðÜù…

by bus

me leoforeeo ìå ëåùöïñåßï

by car

me aftogeeneedo ìå áõôïêßíçôï

by train

me treno ìå ôñÝíï

go straight on

beeyenede eftheea ðçãáßíåôå åõèåßá

turn

streepsde óôñßøôå

left

areestera áñéóôåñÜ

right

thexeea äåîéÜ

How far is it?

Boso magreea eene? Ðüóï ìáêñõÜ åßíáé;

about, roughly

bereeboo ðåñßðïõ

two kilometres

theeo heeleeomedra äýï ÷éëéüìåôñá

on the left

sta areestera óôá áñéóôåñÜ

on the right

sta thexeea óôá äåîéÜ

thank you

efghareesto åõ÷áñéóôþ

you're welcome

baragalo ðáñáêáëþ

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The science behind earworms mbtŠ 1. How we learn A large part of learning in general and language learning in particular is to do with the memorisation of words, facts and other significant information. It's a well known fact that we use only a fraction of our brain power and traditional book learning is now recognised as not suiting every learner. earworms uses simple techniques which open up and exploit more of the brain's native power, and come under the heading of 'accelerated learning'. In the March 2005 issue of the journal 'Nature' researchers at Dartmouth College in the US reported that they had pinpointed the region of the brain where 'earworms' or catchy tunes reside, the auditory cortex. They found that the sounds and words that have actually been heard can be readily recalled from the auditory cortex where the brain can listen to them 'virtually' again and again. 2. What we learn earworms mbtŠ adopts the so-called lexical approach to language. In essence, this means we look at language in terms of whole meaningful chunks, then break these down into their component bite-sized, easily absorbable parts and then reconstruct them. You not only learn complete, immediately useful phrases, you also intuitively learn something about the structure (the grammar) of the language. These 'chunks' which the learner can 'mix and match', gradually build up to cover whole areas of the language.


8. Where, what time? Where...?

Boo...? Ðïý...;

When...?

Bode...? Ðüôå...;

What time...?

Dee ora...? Ôé þñá...;

Where can I get...?

Abo boo boro na baro...? Áðü ðïý ìðïñþ íá ðÜñù...;

a ticket

ena eeseedeereeo Ýíá åéóéôÞñéï

a bus ticket

ena eeseedeereeo ya do leoforeeo Ýíá åéóéôÞñéï ãéá ôï ëåùöïñåßï

from the kiosk

abo do bereepdero áðü ôï ðåñßðôåñï

from

abo áðü

Where is your suitcase?

Boo eene ee valeedsa soï? Ðïý åßíáé ç âáëßôóá óïõ;

Where is...?

Boo eene...? Ðïý åßíáé...;

my suitcase

ee valeedsa moo ç âáëßôóá ìïõ

our suitcase

ee valeedsa mas ç âáëßôóá ìáò

over there

egee bera åêåß ðÝñá

It's in the room.

Eene mesa sto thomadeeo. Åßíáé ìÝóá óôï äùìÜôéï.

in

mesa ìÝóá

room

thomadeeo äùìÜôéï

Where is the toilet?

Boo eene ee dooaleda? Ðïý åßíáé ç ôïõáëÝôá;

the toilet

ee dooaleda ç ôïõáëÝôá

upstairs

bano ðÜíù

downstairs

gado êÜôù

What time is it?

Dee ora eene? Ôé þñá åßíáé;

broyevma

breakfast

ðñüãåõìá

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What time is breakfast?

Dee ora eene do broyevma? Té þñá åßíáé ôï ðñüãåõìá;

at seven o'clock

stees efta ee ora óôéò åöôÜ ç þñá

o'clock

ee ora ç þñá

today

seemera óÞìåñá

tomorrow

avreeo áýñéï

this afternoon

do aboyevma ôï áðüãåõìá


9. Problems, problems There is a problem.

Eebarkhee ena provleema. ÕðÜñ÷åé Ýíá ðñüâëçìá.

There is…

eebarkhee… õðÜñ÷åé…

a problem

ena provleema Ýíá ðñüâëçìá

with the TV

me deen deeleorasee ìå ôçí ôçëåüñáóç

with the fridge

me do pseeheeo ìå ôï øõãåßï

I've lost my camera.

Ekhasa dee fodografeegee moo. ¸÷áóá ôç öùôïãñáöéêÞ ìïõ.

I've lost…

Ekhasa… ¸÷áóá…

my camera

dee fodografeegee moo ôç öùôïãñáöéêÞ ìïõ

my passport

do theeavadeereeo moo ôï äéáâáôÞñéï ìïõ

my wallet

do bortofolee moo ôï ðïñôïöüëé ìïõ

I need…

Creeazome… ×ñåéÜæïìáé…

stamps

grammadoseema ãñáììáôüóçìá

plasters / Band-Aid (US Engl.)

tseerodo ôóéñüôï

something for mosquitos

gadee ya da goonoopya êÜôé ãéá ôá êïõíïýðéá

suncream

andeeleeagee grema áíôéçëéáêÞ êñÝìá

aspirins

aspeereenes áóðéñßíåò

something for

gadee ya êÜôé ãéá

a bad stomach (my stomach)

do stomakhee moo ôï óôïìÜ÷é ìïõ

I need aspirins.

Creeazome aspeereenes. ×ñåéÜæïìáé áóðéñßíåò.

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Also available in this volume:

Check out Rapid Volume 2 and “Rapid Chinese� Details at www.earwormslearning.com


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The Tracks: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

I would lik e … 6:01 To order 6:10 Have you got …? 9:31 To the airport 7:01 Numbers and days 6:34 Is there …? 6:15 Directions 8:51 Where & what time? 8:00 Problems, problems! 7:41

Concept & Development: Marlon Lodge, Project Management: Andrew & Maria Lodge, Text: Renate Elbers-Lodge, Music: James Berry, ML and AKM, Songs 5,6,9 feature samples by www.platinumloops.com, Pedagogic Support: Bob Glynn, Recorded @ Hill House Studios. Voices: Maria Karolidou & Andrew Lodge, Mastered by Max Stamm @ Wildwood, Düsseldorf. Graphic Design: Jaroslaw Suchorski & Bernd Kreuder @ HKP, Special thanks to: Jan, Jane, Evie, Anna, Freddy, Matt Hinzmann, UKTI, Noisebox Digital Media.

www.earwormslearning.com © 2006 earworms publishing Ltd. Catalogue no. EARW 0401 Produced in the EU

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