Language Learning Through Earworms? Ja!

Even if you’ve never heard the term “earworm,” you’ve had one. You know: one of those songs or tunes or fragments of melody that gets stuck in your head for days on end, so that you find yourself muttering “if you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits” over and over again, in the shower and in line at the grocery store and at your desk and aaaaaarrrrgggghhh make it stop!

Yes, earworms. Everyone hates them. So when I heard about a company that was trying to use the power of the earworm for good, I was intrigued. And skeptical. And a little afraid.

But that’s just what Earworms MBT (Musical Brain Trainer) intends to do: teach you foreign languages by using music integration and rhythmic repetition in a series of audio lessons. You can get these lessons on CD, in downloadable audible.com files, or by buying an iPhone app. There’s also a free trial app that gives you a taste of what you’ll get in twelve different languages, including Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Polish, and more.

[To learn more about this interesting service, read Ellen Henderson’s review over at GeekMom.]

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