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Beginner's Self-Study Course: Italian (Beginner's Self-Study Language Courses) Paperback – April 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0764178948 ISBN-10: 0764178946 Edition: Pap/Com

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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Self-Study Language Courses
  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Pap/Com edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764178946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764178948
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginner’s Self-Study Language Course: Italian
Learn Italian on the go or in your car

Make yourself understood in Italian quickly and easily
  • Dialogues teach you to communicate in everyday situations
  • Learn to speak and to understand what others are saying to you
  • Pick up a basic knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and information about culture and geography

    A great self-teaching program for beginners and a helpful brush-up refresher if you already know some Italian
  • Learn Italian as you listen to a traveler’s story told in installments
  • Improve your language skill through exercises and sound samples
  • Immerse yourself in Italian culture with this program’s information, advice, illustrations, and more

    This self-teaching language program gives you:
  • A 172-page Study Guide with 16 lessons and 4 review units
  • An 80-page Companion Book with a grammar overview, answers to exercises, travel tips, scripts of all audio material, and a glossary
  • 3 Instructional Audio CDs presenting dialogues and much more
  • 1 “Take-Along” CD with the traveler’s story in Italian plus sentences for you to repeat and practice
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vl1024 on February 11, 2010
    I've been using this course for a while off and on, and it's pretty good for learning the grammar, I suggest using something along with it to get you going faster on learning phrases and vocab,(isync is very good on your ipod) this course is very detailed in grammar, which is good and important if you want to really learn the language, but it can also be frustrating if you want to learn quicker. I think it's good to have a balance of both.. learning a bit like a child (phrases and vocab) and then also some grammar.
    It is important to learn why you are saying what you are saying and how to formulate sentences correctly. But like I said I'd mix it up with something else to break the tediousness of learning grammar.

    Anyway, It is a pretty comprehensive course, but there are times when it presents you with questions and you can't answer them because it didn't teach you that particular thing yet.. also having to switch back and forth between two books is a bit annoying , the dialogue is mostly in the second book and you often have to go back and forth.
    The answer keys have a quite a few mistakes..
    For example.. I recently did an exercise which asks you to listen to the numbers and write down the DIGITS that you hear.. but the answer key has it written out in word form.. instead of digits! There were a few other errors I encountered also. And this is frustrating when you want to know the answers obviously! And I know they are defects and not my mistakes because they are obvious one's like I mentioned above.

    Oh yea and also.. they say they have a"take along" cd..but it's only good if you've memorized the dialogue and you know what they are saying beceause they are completely in Italian!
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