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Susanna has studied eleven languages (English, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Ladino, Hebrew, Arabic, and Hungarian) and speaks eight of them. Born in the former USSR, Susanna has traveled to over 50 countries. Her goal is to empower people to use music and the media to learn foreign languages.
She is the author of the books, Language is Music (El idioma es música in Spanish and Idioma é música in Portuguese) and Travel Happy, Budget Low. The Russian publishing house of Mann, Ivanov and Ferber published the Russian translation of Language is Music, Легкий способ быстро выучить иностранный язык с помощью музыки.
Susanna has been featured on CBS, CNN, MTV, the BBC, The Guardian, the Filipino Channel, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business News, Univison, Telefutura, and MSNBC. She has given presentations at the Defense and State Departments of the United States to help diplomats and military personnel learn languages using music.
on Sep. 05, 2012 :
I wish I had known what was in the book, because once I downloaded it, there wasn't anything I didn't already know or hadn't already tried. Although it is great advice, it is really for individuals who want to improve their language acquisition. I rarely get any of my students (all boys) to do anything that is not "required" or on their own. Smart lady, but really just common sense.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 06, 2012 :
I got this when the book was on sale because the premise matches my thoughts on the interconnectedness of language and music. This expands that topic and gives several concrete things a language learner can do to increase language effectiveness. It is a resource I have turned back to several times since my purchase when I want to find new creative outlets and ways to improve the overall sound of my language.
One caveat: I had purchased the pdf format of the book. It is diffcult to read this pdf on a computer because the spacing is off. Once I put that into an ebook reader, however, that problem no longer existed.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)